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.
  • To ensure children can be in an age group with their friends during regular Nippers the children may (at the discretion of the Age Manager) 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.
  • SRC – Important information: Children undertaking their SRC this season must be aged 13 before 15 December 2018.  Sorry, no exceptions.


  • Nippers is open to every child, irrespective of swimming ability. There is no swimming proficiency required for U6 and U7 age groups.
  • However, from U8s and above a level of swimming proficiency is required for your child’s safety, to 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 very welcome 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.
  • All U8’s are required to complete a timed 25m pool swim.
  • U9-U14’s are required to complete a timed 200m pool swim.
  • Competition proficiency assessments are completed during competition training when conditions are suitable.See below for proficiency assessment information.
Proficiency Assessment – 2018. Note bookings are not required.  Please turn up at the age group timeframe.
When: Saturday 20 October 2018
Where: Avalon Swim, 13 George Street, Avalon Beach.
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
U14 : 12:00 – 12:30pm
U13 : 12:30 – 1:00pm
U12 : 1:00 – 1:30pm
U11 : 1:30 – 2:00pm
U10 : 2:00 – 2:30pm
U9   : 2:45 – 3:15pm
U8   : 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 Dave Roberts, Water Proficiency Officer via [email protected]