Welcome to the 2017-18 Nippers season at Avalon Beach.
What is Nippers?
Nippers is for children aged *5 – 13 and is all about kids having fun, gaining confidence in the surf and developing surf awareness and competence. Whilst Nippers follows a formal curriculum, tailored to each age group and working towards a surf award and certificate at season’s end, the primary aim is just having fun with your mates at the beach.
At Nippers, we also host camping trips to the Basin and movie night sleepovers at the Clubhouse for all age groups and parents. All parents and guests are invited to visit the Clubhouse bar which is open every Friday from 5:30pm and Sunday from 4:00pm with live music on the first Sunday of the month.
*children must be aged 5 years old as at 30 September.
When and Where
Nippers runs from Sunday, 15 October 2017 to Sunday, 11 March 2018, with a break for Christmas. On a regular Nippers day we start at 9:00am on the beach in front of the Clubhouse and wrap up around 10.30am, depending on activities. During the Christmas break we also run a couple of twilight “Nippers & Sippers” afternoons. Nippers is on during all weather conditions. Only lightning keeps us off the beach. Keep a look out for your age group flag directly in front of the Clubhouse.
What do I need to provide?
Please ensure your kids are ready and outside the Clubhouse 10 minutes before Nippers starts:
• in their swimwear (sun protection rashies and/or wetsuits recommended); covered in sunblock; fed and hydrated.
• wearing an Avalon Beach Nippers cap (compulsory). Please write your child’s name in large letters on the outside of the cap.
• wearing a fluorescent pink hi-visibility rash vest (compulsory during all water based activities in training and competition).
Nipper uniforms and Club merchandise are available to purchase via the Uniform store (next to the canteen) during all Nipper sessions. Click here for Merchandise.
Avalon Beach Nippers is run entirely by volunteers. Age Managers are Nipper parents too and rely on the help of all registered parents on the beach during Nippers. Registered parents are encouraged and welcome to participate in their child’s age group activities and to assist with the provision of water safety for events, once you have undertaken the required Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion training provided by our Club. Please see our Education pages for further information or speak to your Age Manager. Parents can also be involved in officiating at carnivals, or join our Committee. Put your hand up and get involved.
Ready to Join?
To join Avalon Beach SLSC Nippers for the 2017/2018 season, children must be aged 5 years old as at 30 September.
Access our New Member page to find out how to get started.
We look forward to seeing you on the beach.