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 at 30 Sept




Swim Survival Float
5 Under 6 Not Required Not Required
6 Under 7 Not Required Not Required
7 Under 8 50m (no time limit) 1 minute
8 Under 9 100m swim (in less than 4.5mins 1 minute
9 Under 10 150m swim (in less than 5.5 mins) 1.5 mins
10 Under 11 200m swim (in less than 6.5 mins) 2 mins
11 Under 12 200m swim (in less than 5.5 mins) 2 mins
12 Under 13 220m swim (in les than 5 mins) 3 mins
13 Under 14 200m swim (in less than 5 mins) 3 mins

PROFICIENCY DATES: Sunday 11 September 2016 (1-4pm) at Coogee Diggers (indoor heated pool) or Clovelly Ocean pool on Sunday 18 September 2016 (12–2pm)
Some registered swim schools can provide a signed Pool Swim Certificate certifying your child can swim the designated proficiency times. If unable to provide such certificate, your child will need to attend Clovelly Nippers Swim Proficiency on the above dates.

Existing Members must email their Age Registrar a copy of their child’s Pool Swim Certificate by 18 September 2016.

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 6s 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!