Welcome to Merewether Surf Life Saving Club Nippers
2016/2017 Membership Registrations Open – Please read the following information carefully!
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NIPPERS SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE in all age groups - register NOW! (Message posted 27/10/16)
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Download our Team App - this will be how we communicate to Nippers members this year. It is a great tool allowing specific communication to different age groups.
Important Dates for 2016/2017 Season:
Info Day Sun 9/10/16
Thank you to all those that attended and we appreciated your patience as we tried to work through the issues.
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Please remember to complete ALL registration issues by Tuesday of this week (11th October). Email all necessary correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not completed this by Tuesday your child will not appear on the roll for the first session of Nippers and will be UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE THIS WEEKEND. This is due to liability and protection reasons. Apologies to those few new members who did not realise registrations needed to be completed before the Information Day. Thank you.
See you on the beach!!!
Important Information - Regos! Message on FB and emailed to last seasons members on 26/8/16
If you were unable to attend the proficiency swim we will run a make up during normal Nippers time in the second week (Sunday 23rd October). You will meet at the club at 8.45am and walk down to the Ocean Baths together to complete the proficiency test. Nippers can then rejoin their age group and activites for the remainder of the morning session.
We have been informed that we not able to accept letters from a swim school signing off on the requirements. Apologies for our misunderstanding.
This year you will not be allowed access to the swim until you have:
Please remember your membership to Merewether Surf Life Saving Club will not be approved until AFTER your ID has been sighted for the Member Protection Declaration. Due to the high work volume for our volunteers at this time of year please do not enquire as to why your status is pending and/or has not been approved yet. All under 8's and above ID will be sighted at the Proficiency Swim, any other members will be sighted at the Info Day on October 9th. If you are not required to do a proficiency (under 6/7's) but would like your membership approved earlier you are welcome to attend Balance Mayfield for your ID to be sighted.
Set-Up / Pack-Up / BBQ Roster for 2016-2017
See Set-Up & Pack-Up
Information Day Sunday 9th October - 9:00am-11:00am – Merewether Surf Club (upstairs)
All new and existing members welcome. It will mainly be for U6/7s to explain how Nippers operate and what tasks are required by parents to assist with over the season (you will sign up to specific dates). On this day you will also be able to try on uniforms and see the Registrar regarding any rego issues you may have. You will also need to provide your printed and signed Member Protection Declaration Form, photo ID and WWCC number.
Uniforms will be available to try on at the Information Day (Sunday 9th October - 9:00am-11:00am). Orders and payment need to be made via the Online Store on our website. Be sure to get your club neoprene visor that can be worn over the skull cap and protect faces in the hot summer sun. Collection can be made at the first 3 Nippers sessions between 8:30am – 9:00am at the club.
To purchase: Go to - Nippers Online Store
Select your items, it will ask you to sign in (yes you need to create an account, it is for our website and separate to the Members Portal where you register/pay), click the link "First Time Users: Click here to create an Account"
It only needs a few details though & is quick. You can pay with PayPal only but don't worry if you don't have a PayPal account - you can still do a credit card payment within that system.
Expressions of Interest for Age Managers
We need more helpers to take the various age groups (Age Managers and Assistant Age Managers). You would take the age group your child is in and be required to attend each Sunday. We have Assistant Age Managers so if someone is away, the group still has a leader. The sessions are all planned and it is a very rewarding position. If you are interested please email email@example.com for more information.
Nippers Camp Fingal Bay 3rd, 4th & 5th March 2017
Save the date. Everyone welcome! A fun camping weekend to finish off the season, filled with surf activities, trivia, movie nights and more. It was a huge success last season and we hope more families can join us in March. More information will be available through the season. Nippers Camp 2017
2016/2017 Season Courses
The Merewether SLSC Nippers Committee run the “Merewether Nippers” each Sunday at Newcastle’s favourite Merewether Beach during the summer months between October and March, with a short break for Christmas / New Year.
Children can join “Nippers” from the age of five (5) years and start learning about surf awareness and safety through the “SurfEd” program. As they get older they are able to participate in fun activities and games, wading, sprinting, board paddling, surfing, and surf swimming, dependent on their ages and abilities. At Merewether the emphasis is on having fun whilst developing these important skills.
Practicing these skills helps develop competence and confidence in the surf environment. It also allows children to compete in Club, Regional and State Life Saving carnivals. Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) also conducts junior development camps in every state as well as the National Junior Surf League & Development Program.
The most senior Nippers can undertake a Surf Life Saving Certificate (SRC). Probationary surf life savers can achieve this award from the age of 13 years and this helps and prepares them for active patrolling duties with Merewether SLSC. The award trains candidates in rescue skills, first aid and patient management, resuscitation and a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness.
On behalf of the Merewether Nippers we hope that you will come and enjoy the Surf Life Saving season with “Merewether Nippers”. For information please email or contact any of the officials mentioned in our Contacts Section. Registration information will be posted online and on our Facebook page.
A FEW TIPS FOR NIPPERS on SUNDAY