Cancellation of Apollo Bay Nipper Season 2020/2021

Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club are giving notice that the Nipper season 2020/2021 has been cancelled.  This decision is the result of careful and balanced consideration of many factors. The club will continue to focus on the safe delivery of essential services (Lifesaving and Patrols) over the summer period.

As we head towards the 2020/2021 season, many challenges are facing the Club this Summer and the Apollo Bay community with Covid-19 being prevalent in the state of Victoria.  As the delegate for Apollo Bay SLSC at Life Saving Victoria Membership Leadership and Development (MLD) meetings, I have been informed of the challenges and significant changes that will confront any Nippers program if the State Government restriction would allow a program to be facilitated this Summer.

LSV has formulated options for clubs to run nippers under very strict and accountable codes of practice if a season should take place. Restrictions would include no sharing of equipment, social spacing, limited nipper group sizes and restriction to parent attendance.  Nipper programs would need to be run for max 60-90min per session and meet restrictions on group sizes, programs would need to be am and pm potentially, daily to distribute the groups and restricting any crowding.  Restrictions on entering the club, change rooms, toilets, COVID cleaning after every session, contact tracing, COVID-Safe education to all Age Coordinators, COVID-Safe Managers / Safety Officers on the beach – and the list continues.  After presenting this information to the Executive Committee, a decision was made on what are  the major goals were for the club this season.  These are noted below:

1. Safety of Apollo Bay SLSC Members and the Apollo Bay community.
2. Facilitate essential services of water and beach safety (patrols), likely in a restricted patrol group size.

In past years the Nippers program overlaps with SLSC certificate training, bronze camp, weekend patrols and lifeguard services along with general club activities.  To restrict the numbers of members attending the clubhouse this season and to promote the safety of Apollo Bay SLSC members performing essential activity of patrols (lifeguard and patrols) the Nipper season has been cancelled for 2020/2021.

Yours in good health.

Travis Minns Apollo Bay SLSC Nipper Coordinator | LSV MLD Delegate
Nic Lister Apollo Bay SLSC Nipper Coordinator
Apollo Bay SLSC Executive Committee

Nippers Information

Nippers is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment.  Nippers is a national program designed for 6 -13 year olds (as at 1 October 2019) and is structured to gradually teach kids surf awareness and basic lifesaving skills required to be safe around water.

After participating in the program, children will have an awareness of beach hazards such as waves and rips and also have a basic knowledge of resuscitation and first aid.

As the Nippers program is designed to teach lifesaving skills and safety around the beach, we strongly encourage all parents of children with limited swimming ability to enrol them in swimming lessons first.  All children will need to complete a swim assessment as part of the first Nippers lesson each season.

The Apollo Bay SLSC Nipper Surf Education Program offers Nipper places each summer and each year they book out quickly. Please see below for registration information.

The Nipper program is run entirely by volunteers who give up their holiday time to run this program. Parental help is essential to ensure that the program continues and remains affordable to families and we welcome all offers of assistance.

Parent Junior Handbook

Nippers Registration Information

Step 1

Club Membership: All Nippers and their parents/guardians must be financial members of the Apollo Bay SLSC.  This is a separate process to Nippers registration.  Please see the Membership section of this website.  Family Membership = 2 parents/guardians plus one Nipper, extra Nippers will require an additional fee per Nipper.

Step 2

Nippers Registration must be completed by Friday 23 November 2019. PLEASE NOTE: Registrations must be submitted by this date. There are many hours of planning required and age group lists must be finalised by this date. Complete the online Nippers Registration HERE.  Please contact the Junior Co-ordinators if you have any issues.  

Step 3

You will receive a confirmation email once all steps in your Nippers registration process are complete and all required details have been provided.  If you do not receive an email within a week, please follow-up by emailing nippers@apollobayslsc.com.au

Cleaning Roster

Age Group

U8

U9

U10

U11

U12

U13

Cleaning  Roster

Saturday
28 Dec

Sunday
29 Dec

Tuesday
31 Dec

Thursday
2 Jan

Monday
6 Jan

Tuesday 7 Jan

Nippers Social Night

Age Group

U8

U9

U10

U11

U12

U13

Social Night

Saturday
28 Dec
Sunday
29 Dec
Tuesday
31 Dec
Thursday
2 Jan
Saturday
4 Jan
Monday
6 Jan

Collection Day

We look forward to seeing all families at Collection Day on Friday 27 December 2019 to collect their clothing and program schedule. Note that NO registrations are able be processed on this day.

Nippers Competition Carnivals

There are a number of Junior State Carnivals throughout Victoria that the Nippers can enter. Apollo Bay Nippers run extra training sessions for Nippers who are interested in competing for the club.

Junior Carnival #1
25/11/2018
Altona LSC
Junior Carnival #2
15/12/2018
Mt Martha LSC
Junior Carnival #3
04/01/2019
Cosy Corner, Torquay
Club Championships & Wye Challenge
05/01/2019
Apollo Bay
Junior Carnival #4
19/01/2019
Bancoora SLSC
Junior Carnival #5
03/02/2019
Mordialloc LSC
Junior Carnival #6
10/02/2019
Apollo Bay SLSC
Victoria Junior Lifesaving Championships
Sat-Sun 23-24/02/2019
Lorne SLSC

Nippers Timetable 2019 – 2020

Please Arrive 15 Minutes Prior To The Lesson To Sign-In. Parents/Guardians Must Ensure That Nippers Are Signed In Prior To The Lesson And Signed Out At The End Of The Lesson.

Lesson

Date

U8, U9 & U10 Times

U11, U12, U13 Times

Cleaning

Roster

Collection Day

Friday 27/12/2019

Collection times by Surname:

A – H:          2 – 3 pm

I – Q:          3 – 4 pm

R – Z:          4 – 5 pm

Lesson 1

Saturday 28/12/2019

9:30 – 11:30 am

8:45 – 11:30 am

U8

Lesson 2

Sunday 29/12/2019

9:30 – 11:30 am

8:45 – 11:30 am

U9

Lesson 3

Tuesday 31/12/2019

9:30 – 11:30 am

8:45 – 11:30 am

U10

Lesson 4

Thursday 02/01/2020

9:30 – 11:30 am

8:45 – 11:30 am

U11

Door Knock

Thursday 02/01/2020

From 4: 00 pm

Door Knock

NA

Cosy Corner Competition, Torquay

Friday 03/01/2020

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

NA

Wye Challenge & Club Championship (hosted by Wye River SLSC)

Saturday 05/01/2020

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

NA

Lesson 5

Monday 06/01/2020

9:30 – 11:30 am

8:45 – 11:30 am

U12

Lesson 6

Tuesday 07/01/2020

9:30 – 11:30 am

8:45 – 11:30 am

U1

Membership & Course Fees

Membership Type 2019 Requirements
Nipper Family $220.00 7-12 years old 
Includes ONE Nipper Registration and Program Fee
and up to TWO Associate Memberships
Additional Nipper $100.00 7 – 12 years old
to be paid in addition to ‘Nipper Family’ membership
3rd and subsequent Nipper $85.00 7 – 12 years old
to be paid in addition to ‘Nipper Family’ membership

Contact

For further information contact the Junior Co-ordinators:
nippers@apollobayslsc.com.au

Nic Lister – Nipper Coordinator

Travis Minns – Nipper Coordinator