Proficiencies/Skills Evaluation


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 2014 – 30 Sep 2015Not RequiredNot Required
Under 71 Oct 2013 – 30 Sep 2014Not RequiredNot Required
Under 81 Oct 2012 – 30 Sep 201325 m swim (in less than 1 minutes)1 minute
Under 91 Oct 2011 – 30 Sep 2012100m swim (in less than 4mins 30secs)1 minute
Under 101 Oct 2010 – 30 Sep 2011150m swim (in less than 5 minutes)1.5 minutes
Under 111 Oct 2009 – 30 Sep 2010200m swim (in less than 6 minutes)2 minutes
Under 12 1 Oct 2008 – 30 Sep 2009200m swim (in less than 5mins 30secs)2 minutes
Under 131 Oct 2007 – 30 Sep 2008200m swim (in less than 5 minutes)3 minutes
Under 141 Oct 2006 – 30 Sep 2007200m swim (in less than 5 minutes)3 minutes
Above Swim can be completed in the Nipper's stroke of choice

*Dates are subject to change - please always check TeamApp for the latest updates and communications
NSW School Holidays26 Sep – 11 Oct 2020
Proficiency Evaluation: Des Renford heated outdoor pool.
U8 to U14 age groups.
See Team App for your start time.
1:30pm-3:30pm, Sunday,
11 Oct 2020
Proficiency Evaluation: Clovelly ocean pool
U8 to U14 age groups.
Uniform shop open (times tbc).
1pm – 2pm, Sunday,
18 Oct 2020
Nippers Starts (Week 1)
Uniform Shop open (8am - 10am)
25 Oct 2020
Nippers Social EventFriday,
06 Nov 2020
(details TBC)
Christmas/NY Break (No Nippers)Sunday, 20 Dec 2020 -
17 Jan 2021
Nippers 2020-21 Resumes (Week 11)Sunday,
17 Jan 2021
Presentation Day
2020-21 Season
28 Mar 2021

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.

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 sand Under 7s Nippers from participating in swim and board events, but they do wades and lots of beach activities!