Who Can Join Nippers

 
Children aged 5-14 years can join nippers.  The 2017/8 the age group birth date range:
  • U6 - born between 1 October 2011 - 30 September 2012
  • U7 -  born between 1 October 2010 - 30 September 2011
  • U8 -  1 October 2009 - 30 September 2010
  • U9 - 1 October 2008 - 30 September 2009
  • U10 - 1 October 2007 – 30 September 2008
  • U11 - 1 October 2006 – 30 September 2007
  • U12 - 1 October 2005 – 30 September 2006
  • U13 - 1 October 2004 – 30 September 2005
  • U14 - 1 October 2003 – 30 September 2004
Nippers must be in correct Age Groups and must turn 5 before they can join.

Proficiency requirements

To take part in nippers, children must also complete an annual proficiency as follows:

U6 age group

  • From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide and recover to a secure position
  • Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position.
U7 age group
  • From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position
  • Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover to a secure position.
U8 age group
  • 25m swim (any stroke) in swimming pool
  • 1min float in swimming pool
  • No ocean swim required
U9 and U10 age group
  • 200m swim (freestyle) in less than 6mins in pool 
  • 1.5min float in pool
  • untimed 150m ocean swim
U11-U14 age group
  • 200m swim (freestyle) in less than 5mins in pool
  • 3min float in pool
  • Untimed 288m ocean swim
Proficiency is available at registrations days, as well as at the beginning of the season. Children will need to bring:
  • Swimmers, goggles, towel, cap
  • Pink high visibility rash vest (ocean swim - compulsory)
  • Wetsuit (ocean swim - optional)
Wanda Nippers proficiency requirements are set out in our Junior Skills Evaluation and Edcuation policy.

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