Training

Please refer to the latest Wanda Nipper News email for training changes.
 
OFF SEASON SCHEDULE 
Across the off season activities are available to assist our nippers with transition to their age group for next season, read on below for details.  Conditions permitting, these programs will be run at Wanda with any location changes communicated via email, SMS or this page.
 
u6 AND u7's MOVING UP
Nippers are encouraged to continue with learn to swim/squad swimming over the off season.  For u7's moving to u8, activities from next season will include wading, with dedicated wade training sessions to commence once the season starts.  Keep an eye out for details from early next season.
 
u8 MOVING TO u9
Intro to board program - Sundays 8.30am from 29 April
This program helps our nippers learn board paddling and open water swim skills in preparation for moving to u9s.  Nippers will need to wear a pink vest and bring a foam nipper board and goggles to each session.  There are a limited number of club boards available to borrow - see Rossi if you don't have your own board.  We are required to provide a very high ratio of water saftey to nippers for this program, every parent attending with a Bronze must assist with water safety in order for these sessions to be held.
 
Please note: 2017/18 season u8s moving to the u9s for the 2018/19 season cannot take part in our main board training program until their preliminary and competition proficiency is complete. These can be done at registration time, usually early Sept.
 
u9, u10, u11, u12 MOVING UP
Off season board and surf swim program - Sundays 8.00am from 29 April
From the end of April onward, nippers are encouraged to continue with their squad training and make the most of the off season training sessions on Sundays.  These session will run through to June when training will shift to focus on the upcoming season with more sessions available.
 
u13 MOVING TO u14
Intro to mal program - Sundays 8.00am from 8 April
Coached by club coaches, this program helps our nippers transition to the mal boards.  These sessions commence from Sunday 8 April.  There are a small number of club mals available to borrow if you don't have your own, see Rossi for details.
 
REGULAR SCHEDULE 
 
u9-u14 BOARD AND IRONPERSON TRAINING
for all u9-u14 who are proficient (pool and ocean swim completed)
Coaches: Ian Ross, Mark Lake, Todd Lester, Glenn Spaul
- now finished for the season, please see off season training schedule
- Saturday 7.30am Wanda
- Tuesday 4.30pm Gunnamatta Bay 
- Thursday 4.30pm Wanda - includes surf swim training
- Any parent attending board training, who has their Bronze, must help with water safety. If your child regularly attends training, consider getting your Bronze so you can assist too. Contact Jo Handforth lifesaving@wandanippers.com.au to find out when the next course is.
 
u9 BOARD TRAINING *
for all u9 who are proficient 
Coach - Tim Mayo
- now finished for the season, please see off season training schedule
- u9's will now join the u9-u14 board and ironperson training 
 
BEACH TRAINING
Coaches - Jock Athletic
- Saturday's in sandhills for u10+, meet 6.55am northern end of Greenhills carpark
- this training continues through the off season, and is great for all sprinters, flaggers, 1 and 2km runners and water athletes alike
 
BEACH SPRINTS AND FLAGS TRAINING
for u8-u14's
Coach - Brad Tattam
- now finished for the season, please check back for updates
- Friday 5.30pm to 6.30pm
- Please bring your joggers as we will meet at the front of the clubhouse and head over near the helipad to train
 
SURF SWIM TRAINING
for u9-u14's who are proficient (pool and ocean swim completed)
Coach - Ian Ross 
- now finished for the season, please see off season training schedule
- Starts Thursday, 9 Nov, 4.30pm - 5.00pm at Wanda
- Meet Ian Ross at waters edge
- Any parent attending training, who has their bronze, must help with water saefty
 
WADE TRAINING
for u8's who are proficient (pool swim completed)
- now finished for the season, please check back for updates once the 2018/2019 season commences
 
SURF BOARD RIDING
for u10-u14 who are proficient (pool and ocean swim complete)
Coach - Chris Mitchell
- now finished for the season, please check back for updates once the 2018/2019 season commences
- for nippers who can already surf and are interested in competing in surf board riding - this is not a learn to surf session
 
u12+ R&R
Coach - John Douglas
- please contact JD directly to confirm training schedule details
- Sundays 8.30am, at Wanda
- Tuesday 4.00pm, at Wanda
- Meet at the downstairs clubhouse
 
MARCH PAST TRAINING
- to be advised

About Wanda Nippers Training

Wanda Nippers offers a wide range of training session – free to all our registered nippers.
  • Beginner to advanced levels catered for (except surf board riding)
  • Parents with a bronze medallion, who attend a water session, must assist with water safety
  • Parents must remain with children a training sessions
  • Nipper must wear pink vest at water sessions
  • Nippers who arrive late or leave early, must let the coaches know (esp in water).
Board and ironperson training
Head coach: Ian Ross
For u9-u14 proficient nippers
Runs all year round. Number of session per week varies according to the time of year.
Board and ironperson training builds fitness and teaches nippers board skills including starts, popping and rolling, catching waves, bunny hopping and finishing.
 
Wade training
For u8+ proficient nippers
Runs during the season
Wade training will teach your child starts, wading, porpoising, wave jumping, wave diving and resurfacing, finishing and baton changing for relays.
 
Surf swim skills training
Head coach: Ian Ross
For u9-u14 proficient nippers
Runs during the season
Build surf swimming fitness and skills
 
Surf board riding
Coach: Chris Mitchell
For u10-u14 proficient nippers, who can already ride a surfboard
Nippers must bring a surfboard with legrope
Nippers will learn correct surf etiquette as well as some heat strategies and a few tips along the way.
 
Board rescue training
Coach: Ian Ross
For u11-u14 proficient nippers
Runs during the season
 
Sandhills
Coach: Jock Athletic
For u8+ nippers
Runs all year round every Saturday morning
 
Flags and sprint training
Coach: Brad Tattam
For u8+ nippers
Runs during the season
 
Beach relay training
Coach: Brad Tattam
Run during the season in the lead up to specific carnivals
 
R&R training
Coach: John Douglas
 
March Past training
Coach: Yvonne Holland
 
Pool Rescue
Coach: Blake McCrindle
Run May - July each year
Pool Rescue is a surf sport discipline open to u12-u14 nippers. Pool Rescue events nippers can take part in include: Obstacle race, Line throw, 50m Manikin Carry, 50m Brick Carry, Patient Tow (instead of manikin tow) and 50m fins race.

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