sorrento nippers resources
It's going to be another great season: Shories,
Wind, Rain, Latte's, Insides, Outsides, Sun,
Sand, the Polaris, All Smiles,
Rocks, Toes, Sausages, Flags, Boards,
S-Badges, Sunscreen, Baskets, Towels,
Foamies, Seaweed. Can't wait!
Sorrento Nippers Time Table & Session Times for this season. Make sure you go to the right Beach!
- NEW Nipper Calendar 2022/23
- Nipper Requirements 2021/22
- Age Managers Guide V2.1
- Nipper Education Program
- Nipper Handbook
- Registration & Fees Policy
- Working with Children Checks
- Wet & Inclement Weather Policy
PO Box 395, Sorrento, Victoria 3943
Clubhouse Facility enquiries:
Water Safety Coordinator
sorrento nippers program - Dec 2022 to Feb 2023
Sorrento Nippers is a Junior Development program for children 7-13 years of age. The program aims to educate children about surf and beach safety using games and fun activities to promote awareness. There is a heavy reliance on experienced, skilled water safety personnel to ensure the children are educated appropriately and safely in the aquatic environment. Similarly educated personnel are used to educate in life saving and matters pertinent to the beach environment.
The Sorrento Nippers program prides itself on teaching skills on the back beach with actual surf. This more challenging environment allows the participants to be able to handle all ranges of beach and surf conditions, skills that stay with them for life.
Season Dates 2022/2023
The season is scheduled to commence on Sunday 27 November, (which will include the swim evaluation test) and then run every Sunday through till 18th December for the Xmas break. Post the holiday break, sessions will re commence Sunday 8th Jan and run weekly through to Sunday 29th Jan (& there might be an extra hard core Feb 5th session - TDB).
There will be an intra club carnival day on Australia Day, Thursday 26th Jan.
The sessions will go from 8:45am-11:00am, broken into two groups with 8:45am (U11, 12, 13) and 9:45am (U8, 9, 10) start times, please see the Nippers Calendar for details.
Each individual session, will focus on practical activities, such as swimming, wading and using the boards broken into 20 minute sessions. The theoretical educational piece will still remain though will be a combination of on the beach and use of the LSV online learning modules.
This season the first 2 sessions will be held at the front beach (details to come) and then remaining sessions and Intra Club carnival held at Sorrento Back Beach. The front beach sessions are designed to focus on technique and inspire confidence in the younger nippers before taking them out to the more challenging back beach environment.
This season we will send updates out Friday night week prior to the session to confirm either front or back beach location. The intention is to avoid any extreme conditions at the back beach and be able to provide safe and positive learning environments for the participants.
The details of all sessions are available in the Nipper Calendar.
The Sorrento Nippers program is run entirely by volunteers, and therefore it is a requirement that each nipper family must take on a volunteer role. There are a number of key roles that need to be filled, such as Age Manager (we need 4 for each age group), Water Safety (must do SRC or Bronze Medallion course), Covid-safe officers and First Aid officers.
Some of these roles have a virtual component so there are a variety of ways you can contribute. You will be asked to nominate for a volunteer role when you enrol your nipper for the 2022/23 season. Sorrento and Life Saving Victoria does provide the necessary training that will provide you with the requisite skills required to volunteer.
Each child must have the Sorrento Nipper Cap (provided to each new nipper upon Registration) and also purchase the Fluro Pink Vest from the Uniform Shop when registering as a member.
It is also highly recommended that each child has a full length wetsuit and brings goggles and a water bottle to each session.
Children must be 7 years of age by September 30 to join the program. Children older than 13 can join the program in the SRC/U14 age group if they are new to Surf Life Saving, using it as a training pathway towards achieving their Bronze Medallion in following years. Age groups are capped at 20 nippers to ensure water and beach management procedures allow effective and safe delivery of the program.
All nippers must pass the necessary swim test each year in order to be allowed to participate in the water based activities in the program.
Details of the minimum requirements can be viewed here Nipper Requirements
If you have any question in relation to our nippers program, please email us at: Nippers@Sorrento ....
General Sorrento SLSC Queries: Contact us
Registrations are open and Final Registration (no applications accepted post this date) ends 15th November 2022.
Detailed step by step Registration Instructions on how to register and pay for Nippers and Club membership are available on our Membership Page.
Please note that you will not be confirmed as a member for 2022/23 and your kids will not be accepted into the Nippers program, until you have provided evidence of your Working with Children Check (WWCC).
If you would like to find out more about Nippers this season or have general enquiry please go to: contact us
Nippers Water Safety Officers
Water Safety Officer courses are run from time to time prior to and throughout the season depending on demand. Parents and friends of Nippers are encouraged to attend the courses when available, which enable attendees to attain a Bronze Medallion or a Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) qualification. In order to register you will need to be a member of the club and be able to swim at least 100m in the surf as a pre-requisite.