Proficiencies/Skills Evaluation: Season 2021-22


ALL Nippers (new, existing and club-transfer members) MUST PASS a Preliminary Skills Evaluation at the start of each season as set out below:

Age GroupDate of BirthSwim Distance & TimeSurvival Float
Under 61 Oct 2015 – 30 Sep 2016Not RequiredNot Required
Under 71 Oct 2014 – 30 Sep 2015Not RequiredNot Required
Under 81 Oct 2013 – 30 Sep 201425 m swim (in less than 3 minutes)1 minute
Under 91 Oct 2012 – 30 Sep 2013100m swim (in less than 4mins 30secs)1 minute
Under 101 Oct 2011 – 30 Sep 2012150m swim (in less than 5 minutes)1 min 30 secs
Under 111 Oct 2010 – 30 Sep 2011200m swim (in less than 6 minutes)2 minutes
Under 12 1 Oct 2009 – 30 Sep 2010200m swim (in less than 5mins 30secs)2 minutes
Under 131 Oct 2008 – 30 Sep 2009200m swim (in less than 5 minutes)3 minutes
Under 141 Oct 2007 – 30 Sep 2008200m swim (in less than 5 minutes)3 minutes
Above Swim can be completed in the Nipper's stroke of choice
NIPPERS KEY DATES: Season 2021-22*

*Dates are subject to change - please always check TeamApp for the latest updates and communications
Proficiency Evaluation 1:
Des Renford Aquatic Centre Maroubra
Indoor heated pool.
U8 to U14 age groups.
See Team App for your start time.
2:00pm-4:00pm, Sunday,
12 Sept 2021
Proficiency Evaluation 2:
Clovelly Ocean Pool
(cold water, wetsuits permitted)
U8 to U14 age groups.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Sunday,
19 Sep 2021
Uniform Shop open at Clovelly Surf Club for:
U6-U7: 11am to 12noon
U8-U9: 12noon to 1pm
U10-U12: 1pm to 2pm
U13-U14: 2pm to 3pm
19 Sep 2021
12noon to 3pm
NSW School Holidays: Term 3-4 Break19 Sep – 03 Oct 21
Nippers Starts (Week 1)
Uniform Shop open (8am - 10am)
17 Oct 2021
Nippers Social EventFriday,
05 Nov 2021
(details TBC)
Christmas/NY Break (No Nippers)Sunday, 26 Dec 2021 -
Sunday 09 Jan 2022
Nippers Season 2021-22 ResumesSunday,
16 Jan 2022
Last Day Nippers / Presentation Day
Season 2021-22
20 Mar 2022


In addition to the Preliminary Skills Evaluation, we also have the Competition Skills Evaluation for any Nippers who wish to participate in competition. Competition Skills Evaluations will be undertaken during Nippers and/or at scheduled training sessions.

What do Under 6 Nippers do?
‘Surf Play 1′ is the program designed for our most junior members – the focus is on play, participation and fun. Activities and games will be the focus of the sessions with a number of beach safety and awareness lessons available such as:
• basic safety practices during activities,
• what makes up the beach environment,
• Sunsmart guidelines,
• the importance of having an adult with them at the beach,
• what a Surf Lifesaver is and what they do,
• wading, beach sprinting and beach flags.
SLSA rules prohibit Under 6s and Under 7s Nippers from participating in swim and board events, but they do wades and lots of beach activities!