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Nippers at Paekakariki

2017/18 Surf Season for Nippers

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If your Nipper is now 14 or will turn 14 before Christmas please check out the lifeguard training notice on our Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/PaekakarikiSurfLifeguards/  or contact Amy Spiekerman on 0274205756. First lifeguard training session will be held 4th October 6.30 pm at the club.

Nipper Open Day 2017

Our 2017 Nipper Open Day will be Sunday 29th October, 1:45 pm.  A fun session  on Sunday afternoon to kick off the season and a chance to pay subs, stock up any surf club clothing needed while (weather permitting) our nippers have some fun on the beach with a big dig, fun and games and hopefully an  IRB ride. Club BBQ to follow.

Key dates for 2017/18 season

  • Thursday 5th October 200m badge testing, Cannons Creek Pool, 4-5pm, normal door charges apply. ($1)
  • 12th Oct, 200m badge testing, Coastlands Aquatic Centre, 7pm
  • 17th Oct, Inlet Training starts, Paremata Inlet, restrictions apply, Nippers 10 yr & over with current 200m badge.
  • 18th Oct, coaches meeting, email Sandra for more info.
  • 19th Oct, Pool resumes 4th Term, 200m badge testing
  • 29th Oct, 1:45 pm Nipper Open, Registration Day and shared meal, Paekākāriki Beach
  • 5th Nov, First Nipper Beach day at Paekākāriki
  • 18th Nov, Casino Evening, Paekākāriki

Nippers Junior Surf Programme at Paekakariki Surf Club

From the age of 7 to 13 years children can participate in Junior Surf at Paekakariki. We encourage children to have fun and develop their skills, so they can enjoy the beach and one day might be able to save someone else too.  It's about developing tomorrow's lifeguards and opening up a whole new world to children.

Our Nipper programme takes place every Sunday at 1.45pm during the surf season.  All Nippers gather upstairs in the clubhouse for roll call, latest news and some beach education, they then the head out to the beach. 

What happens at Beach Training is very much age and weather related.  Nippers are split into groups determined by age and ability.   Generally our younger age groups: (7, 8 and 9 years old) will do land activities first and then weather dependant get into the water. 

The older age groups (10, 11, 12 & 13 yrs) will spend more time in the water and their trainings will be more focused on water and surf skills.

Children wear whatever they feel comfortable in at the beach, however board shorts, T Shirts etc are not appropriate for any water activity.  They can wear wet suits if they have them. They only piece of uniform they must wear is their beanie (Nipper Hat), we sell these at beach sessions and have a few spares for new comers to wear. 

An adult from each family must stay with each child while they are at the beach, this is a safety requirement plus your child may need one on one care from their guardian. (i.e. keeping them warm, getting them dry, cleaning sand from eyes……all the joys of a summer at the beach!) Coaches cannot give that level of care when dealing with a group.  Once Nippers have finished they will be released back into the care of their guardians, if they wish to continue playing in the surf you must stay with them. 

Beach Training does not take place when Nipper Surf Carnivals are on.

All gear used by the kids on the beach does need to be washed off prior to being returned to our clubhouse and the gear shed.  We try to encourage our kids to do this but a bit of adult help is always great! 

Ensure your child is prepared for the beach and that they bring their wetsuit, nipper hat (beach beanie), sun screen and goggles each week, along with warm clothes including polar fleeces for changing into.  We do encourage kids to use the showers after training and we will also sell sausages and cans of drinks. Proceeds from these sales go back towards the Nippers especially for end of season prize giving.

Nipper Pool Training

These take place on Thursday evenings, 7pm at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre during the surf season.  These are not learn to swim lessons but are stamina training sessions particularly good for our Nippers who are currently not in swim squads. 

Extra Training for Nippers

We will be holding extra training sessions for Nippers attending National Champs (Ocean Athletes). More information will be made available as it comes to hand.

Nipper Boards

Nipper Contacts

Lynette Imrie and Sandra Bednarek are our main Nipper contacts for the 2015-16 season.

Lynnie can be contacted on 04 477 4271 or 021 828 666 or jamesandlyn18@xtra.co.nz 

Sandra is via sandrab@orcon.net.nz and 021 251 3288.  


These take place on a Sunday during the season.  Carnivals are the competition aspect of our sport and a great chance for our kids to pit their skills against other kids in our Region.  These are fun days with kids enjoying the competition plus getting to spend more time with their surf club mates.  We encourage all our Nippers to attend carnivals, see our Nipper Calendar for Carnivals dates this season.

200m Badges

A SLSNZ safety requirement is that children have a 200 metre safety badge prior to being able to take part in Surf Swim and Rescue Boards races.  This safety badge requires children to swim 200 metres and then tread water for a minute in under 8 minutes.  They must therefore be able to swim 200 metres in under 7 minutes.

The 200 metre badge becomes relevant for Nippers 9 years and over who will be restricted from some training and competitions without this. These badges are tested annually and we have special 200 m badge nights at Raumati Pool at the start of each season.

Please note Nippers aged 7, 8 and 9 do not need this badge for their boogie board and run, wade, run races at competitions, however 9 year old Nippers who wish to take part in Nipper Board races and use these at training must have the 200 m badge. 

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