Age Groups & Proficiency 

 
Age Group Definitions
Children are divided into Age Groups: U6, U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14.  Your child will be placed into an age group determined by the age of your child at midnight on 30 September.  Example: If a child is aged 9 at midnight on 30 September this year, they will join the Under 10 age group for the whole of the season.  At the discretion of the Age Manager, children may join an Age group above or below their age, however, they will be required to meet the water proficiency requirements for that age group. During competition, Nippers must compete in their correct age group.
   
Proficiency
• Nippers is open to every child, irrespective of swimming ability.
• All U8’s are required to complete a timed 25m pool swim.  U9-U14’s are required to complete a timed 200m pool swim.  See below for proficiency assessment information.
• For your child’s safety, proficiency requirements reflect the swimming ability needed to participate in age appropriate water activities.
• If your child is unable to attain the noted proficiency, they are still able to participate in all beach and wade events but cannot join in any water events or competition. We ask you to work with your child to attain the required level.
• Competition proficiency assessments are completed during competition training when conditions are suitable.
 
Proficiency Assessment – 2017. Note bookings are not required.  Please turn up at the age group timeframe.
When: Saturday 14 October 2017
Where: Avalon Swim, 13 George Street, Avalon Beach.   avalonswim.com.au
Distance: U8’s – 25 metres, U9’s – U14’s – 200m.  U6’s and U7’s are not required to complete a water proficiency assessment
Cost: $2.00 per Nipper
Bring: towel, swim goggles and (compulsory) cap
Be Prepared: Have sunblock applied, bring the above items with you and please don’t bring the dog!
 
Proficiency Timing
U13 : 12:30 – 1:00pm
U12 :  1:00 – 1:30pm
U11  : 1:30 – 2:00pm
U10 : 2:00 – 2:30pm
U 9  : 2:45 – 3:15pm
U 8  : 3:15 – 4:00pm
 
If you are unable to make your assessment timeframe (please try and make this assessment), assessments may be done each Nipper Sunday from 8:00-8:45am until December at the Avalon Beach ocean pool, but it will be cold.
 

Proficiency Questions: Contact Matt Brennan, Water Proficiency Officer via [email protected] 

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