NIPPER PROFICIENCY LEVELS

PROFICIENCY LEVELS HAVE BEEN UPDATED & INCREASED FOR 2022/2023 SEASON. Please read through to ensure you understand the requirements for your Nipper.

It is vital for Surf Life Saving Clubs to ensure their enrolled Nippers are proficient in the pool and surf, to ensure they are:

SURF COMPETENT, SURF CONFIDENT, SURF SAFE.

Nippers is NOT swimming lessons and children are expected to have a certain level of competency in the water.

Each year your child/Children must successfully complete their Age Groups Proficiency Level, as outlined below, to allow them to be a Nipper.

Age Group Preliminary evaluation Competition Evaluation Surf education award
Under 6

Push and glide from wall (1-2m) recover to stand.
CONTINUOUS SKILL – Wade through water (5m) float on back or front (5 sec’s) recover to stand, submerge to retrieve object from bottom of water with hands, recover to stand.

 

 

Surf Play 1

Under 7

Push and glide from wall (2-3m) recover to stand. CONTINUOUS SKILL – Wade through water (5m) float on back or front (5 sec’s) recover to stand, submerge to retrieve object from bottom of water with hands, recover to stand.

 

 

Surf Play 2

Under 8

Swim on front (20m) followed by swim underwater (2-3m). CONTINUOUS SKILL – Swim on front through water (20m) followed by back or front float (5 sec’s) followed by submerge to retrieve object from bottom of water with hands, do not recover to stand between tasks.

Nil (no water competition, except for wade which takes place in waist-deep water)  

 

Surf Aware 1

Under 9

Front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec’s per side. CONTINUOUS SKILL – Swim on front through water for 50m, followed by tread water for minimum 1 minute, followed by submerge to retrieve object from bottom of water with hands (do not recover to stand in between each task).

Minimum 150m open water swim (competition course as per competition manual)  

Surf Aware 2

Under 10

Front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec’s each side. CONTINUOUS SKILL – Swim on front through water for 50m, followed by tread water for minimum 1 minute, followed by submerge to retrieve object from bottom of water with hands (do not recover to stand in between each task).

Minimum 150m open water swim (competition course as per competition manual) Surf Safe 1
Under 11

Front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec’s each. CONTINUOUS SKILL – Swim on front through water using freestyle for 100m, followed by tread water and/or sculling for minimum 2 minutes, followed by submerge forward or backward roll to retrieve object from bottom of water with hands (do not recover to stand in between each task).

Minimum 200m open water swim (competition course as per competition manual) Surf Safe 2
Under 12

Front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec’s each. CONTINUOUS SKILL – Swim on front through water using freestyle for 150m, followed by tread water and/or sculling for minimum 3 minutes, followed by submerge forward or backward roll to retrieve object from bottom of water with hands (do not recover to stand in between each task).

Minimum 200m open water swim (competition course as per competition manual) Surf Smart 1
Under 13

Front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec’s each. CONTINUOUS SKILL – Swim on front through water using freestyle for 150m, followed by tread water and/or sculling for minimum 3 minutes, followed by submerge forward or backward roll to retrieve object from bottom of water with hands (do not recover to stand in between each task).

Minimum 200m open water swim (competition course as per competition manual) Surf Smart 2
Under 14

PART OF THEIR SRC QUALIFICATION.
200m swim (front crawl, in less than 5 minutes) 3-minute survival float and submerge with front roll.

Minimum 200m open water swim (competition course as per competition manual) Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

This is a compulsory requirement for SLSA.  Therefore, please fill in the below details and agree to the above.

 

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