Nipper Training

Nipper Training Saturday Times
Under 6 and Under 7s 1.30pm to 3:30pm
Under 8 to Under 14s 1:30 pm to 4:00pm

At the beginning of each Saturday, there will be a short information session starting at 1.30pm. All parents and nippers will then move to an area with their Age Group Managers to be signed in and receive further information. It is important that all parents attend to these information sessions each Saturday.

All parents/carers must sign their child(ren) in with their Age Group Managers. No child will be allowed to participate in any activity unless they have been signed in by their accompanying parent/carer prior to the commencement of the program.

Parents/carers will sign their child(ren) out at the end of nippers with the appropriate Age Group Managers. This will enable us to account for all nippers on the beach.

As there is no water cover provided before 1.30pm, no children will be allowed to take boards into the water. Children who go into the water prior to 1.30pm are under the supervision of their parent/guardian.

Uniform and Clothing

Your child will need the following items each week:

  • Bathers
  • Fluorescent Pink Visibility Vest (Under 8-14)
  • Long sleeve rash vest or protective top
  • Wide brim or bucket style hat or legionnaire style cap
  • Sun block (at least SPF 30+)
  • Goggles (optional)
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle (filled with water only)
  • Age Group Cap
  • Dry Clothes for after training (suggested only)

Club rash vests, high visibility vests, bathers, wide brim hats and caps (age group and competition) are available for purchase at the Club.  Please label all belongings clearly.

Age Group (coloured) Cap and Competition Cap

All nippers must wear a coloured cap that identifies them with a particular Age Group category.  This assists AGMs in identifying those nippers in their age group and assists you in locating an Age Group on the beach.  Under 14’s must wear the Somerton Competition Cap.  If your child competes at carnivals, you will need to purchase a Somerton Competition Cap.  These caps can be purchased at the Club on Saturday’s.

High Visibility Vests

All children who enter the water from Under 8s upwards are required to wear a fluorescent green or pink high visibility top. This is essential for the child’s safety as well as to help water cover identify swimmers. A child without a vest will not be allowed to enter the water.

Board Usage

During Saturday afternoon training only foam boards will be used. Some fibreglass boards may be used at the discretion of the Boards Coach. Fibreglass boards maybe used during weekday training at the discretion of the Boards Coach.

Registration and Records

All new members must complete an Enrolment Form and Health Information Form on Registration Day. Details of approved applicants are entered on SurfGuard and the health form is kept with the club records and a copy given to the AGMs.

Any Medical Information Forms must be kept with the relevant AGMs at all times. Parents of children with pre-existing medical and/or behavioural issues must inform their AGM a.s.a.p. to ensure that AGMs are fully aware of the issues and how to deal with them. Parents must remain with their child’s group at all times in case of any emergencies that may arise.