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Nippers FAQ

When does membership open for joining or renewing?
Where/How does the Noosa Nippers program operate?
What paperwork do I need to complete for my child to join Nippers?
Why do 2 parents/guardians/caregivers need to become members?
How old does my child have to be to join Nippers?
My child can’t swim very well, is Nippers a good place for them to learn?
My child wants to be in the same age group as his/her friends, but they are born before 30 September and he/she is born after 30 September, can they move groups?
My child is a current Nipper, do they still need to complete the pool and run/swim/run competency?
What does Nippers involve?
What is included in membership fees?
Can I drop my child at Nippers and leave the beach and come back at the end to pick them up?
My Child’s Grandparent, nanny or other caregiver will sometimes bring them down to Nippers do they have to join?
When is the administration office open?
When does the Nipper season start and finish?
What uniform/equipment will my child need for Nippers?
When is the uniform shop open?
Does my child have to compete at carnivals to join Nippers?
Does Nippers run every Sunday?
Where/How does the Noosa Nippers program operate?

When does membership open for joining or renewing?

Membership for the 2017/2018 season will be opening around July 2017.
The pricing structure for the 2016/2017 season is outlined below. Any changes to the structure will be published after the Annual General Meeting is held on 25 June 2017.

Family Structure 2016/2017 Pricing
Up to 2 parents/guardians/carers
with 1 child
$240.00
Up to 2 parents/guardians/carers
with 2 children
$295.00
Up to 2 parents/guardians/carers
with 3 or more children
$340.00

Where/How does the Noosa Nippers program operate?

Due to a low number of participants at our Peregian Beach location, all children participating inthe Noosa Nippers program in 2016/2017 attended at Noosa Main Beach. We hope to have a program running again at Peregian for the 2017/2018 season. Stay tuned for details!

What paperwork do I need to complete for my child to join Nippers?

All membership enrolments and payments must be completed online (for both new members and renewing members) prior to attending any Nipper activities.  Please follow the instructions and links on the ‘How to Join’ page under Nippers on the Noosa Heads Surf Club website.  (Link to ‘how to join’ page)

Why do 2 parents/guardians/caregivers need to become members?

This is a requirement of membership of the Noosa Heads Junior Activities program.  This ensures the safety of all children as each member over 18 who has contact with our junior members is required to hold a Blue Card.   The Blue Card application process will be managed by the club and processed for you free of charge.

How old does my child have to be to join Nippers?

The minimum age for a child to start Nippers is 5 years of age.  Your child must have turned 5 on or before the 30th September of the year of starting (they will be in the U6 age group – e.g. DOB between 1 October 2010 – 30 September 2011).

My child can’t swim very well, is Nippers a good place for them to learn?

No, Nippers is not a learn-to-swim organisation. Your child needs some reasonable swimming skills to be able to take part in Nippers each week.  We recommend that you enrol your child in a swim school to learn basic swimming skills prior to joining Nippers.

My child wants to be in the same age group as his/her friends, but they are born before 30 September and he/she is born after 30 September, can they move groups?

No.  Age Groups are set by our governing body Surf Lifesaving Australia and for insurance purposes your child cannot be changed into another group.

My child is a current Nipper, do they still need to complete the pool and run/swim/run competency?

Yes.  Each year every child must complete the relevant proficiencies to their age group to participate in the program.  An additional competency is required if your child wishes to compete at carnivals and will be run on the first Nipper Sunday of the season (under 8 to under 14 age groups only).

What does Nippers involve?

Each Sunday morning from 8.00am to 10.00am between October and March, Nippers learn the skills necessary to handle themselves in the surf.

The aims of the Sunday activities are:
* Instruction in surf safety & surf awareness
* Enjoyable social activity for children & parents
* Lifesaving & first aid skill development

Mid-week training sessions in swim and board skills are available to participants in the U8 – U14 age groups and beach competition training is available to the U11 – U14 age groups.

What is included in membership fees?

Family membership includes:
– Participation for your child in approximately 16 Nipper Sunday sessions
– Minimum of 2 additional training sessions (U8-U14 age groups) per week
– Access to subsidy for swim squad (U8 – U14 age groups)
– Access to subsidy for board purchases (U11 – U14 age groups)
– All carnival entry fees for your child/children
– Blue Card processing for both parents/guardians
– Discount off purchases at the NHSLSC Supporters Club bar and restaurant

Can I drop my child at Nippers and leave the beach and come back at the end to pick them up?

No.  It is a requirement of participation in the program that a parent or caregiver is on the beach at all times while their child is signed on at Nippers.  It is an expectation that parents get involved in helping at Nippers each week, whether it is as a water safety officer, helping set up or cook the BBQ or assisting with beach set up/pack down.  Without parent helpers Nippers cannot run.

My Child’s Grandparent, nanny or other caregiver will sometimes bring them down to Nippers do they have to join?

Yes they should be members to attend any club related activities.  If you are a single parent family you can join up a grandparent, nanny or other caregiver as part of your family membership at no additional charge (family membership structure includes up to 2 parents/guardians/caregivers).  If you wish to sign up an additional (i.e. third) adult family member or carer this will be at an additional cost.

When is the administration office open?

Noosa Heads SLSC operates offices at both Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach.
Office hours are as follows:

OFFICE HOURS NOOSA OFFICE HOURS PEREGIAN
Monday Midday – 5pm Closed
Tuesday 9am – 5pm 9am – 11am │ Closed PM
Wednesday 9am – 6pm Closed
Thursday 9am – 5pm 9am – 11am │ Closed PM
Friday 9am – 5pm Closed
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

When does the Nipper season start and finish?

The first Nipper Sunday session for 2017 is yet to be advised.

The last Nipper Sunday session for 2017 is yet to be advised.

Nippers does not run over the Christmas period – dates will be advised at a later date.

What uniform/equipment will my child need for Nippers?

Each child will require a high viz rash vest and a coloured tie down cap (age groups are assigned specific colours) to participate at Nipper Sunday’s and a competition cap for carnivals.  It is not compulsory at Nipper Sunday’s to wear club swimwear, however we do have swimwear for sale if you wish to purchase.  Equipment required for Nippers Sunday’s, training sessions and carnivals will be supplied by the club, unless you are in the U11 – U14 age groups and have been approved for a board subsidy – then you will use your own board for all club related activities.

When is the uniform shop open?

The uniform shop operates at the Noosa Main Beach location only.  During the Nipper season the shop is open between 4 – 5pm on Wednesday afternoons and from 7:30 – 9:30am on Sunday mornings.  Uniforms will also be for sale at our pool proficiency swim days in September.

Does my child have to compete at carnivals to join Nippers?

No, Nippers is all about teaching water safety skills in open water and producing lifesavers of the future.  While competition is an important tool in this process, and the Club encourages Nippers to take part, it is not compulsory.

Does Nippers run every Sunday?

There will be times throughout the season where Nipper Sunday sessions will not run or will be cancelled.  Cancellations are unfortunate, however sessions will not run when the beaches have been closed or if rough conditions are forecast.  For all other weekends where a Nipper Sunday session will not be run, dates will be advised as early as possible in the season on the Nipper calendar.

 

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