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
or contact Amy Spiekerman on 0274205756. First
lifeguard training session will be held 4th October 6.30 pm at the
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,
- 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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra is via email@example.com 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.
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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