Welcome to Nippers 2017-18

MOUNT MARTHA NIPPERS 2017-18

 NIPPERS:Our Nipper's program runs on a Friday night from 6-7pm for Under 6-8 and from 6-7.30pm for Under 9-14.  Nippers are provided the environment to learn all about being safe down at the beach. They’re also trained in the basic skills of life saving including running on sand, wading, open water swimming and board paddling.  There are also opportunities to compete against other clubs at Nipper Carnivals.  It is a fun environment encouraging all age groups to 'have a go' and have fun.  The children are placed in their age groups under the supervision of an Age Manager and Assistant.  

 Nippers will commence on Friday 17th November 2017. Additional board and competition training for U9-14 will also be held on a Tuesday and Thursday night.

 Life Saving differs from other sporting codes due to the inherent danger of the playing field, namely water. Please ensure that you provide adequate supervision for your child.  Children cannot be dropped off and left at the beach, they must have a parent/guardian there at all times.


A PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST REMAIN ON THE BEACH FOR THE DURATION OF NIPPERS

 

AGE GROUPS: Nipper Age Groups are determined by the age of the Nipper on the 30 September of each year.  Nippers must stay in their allocated age group.
5 years old on 30 Sep 17 - Under 6      10 years old on 30 Sep 17 - Under 11
6 years old on 30 Sep 17 - Under 7      11 years old on 30 Sep 17 - Under 12
7 years old on 30 Sep 17 - Under 8      12 years old on 30 Sep 17 - Under 13
8 years old on 30 Sep 17 - Under 9      13 years old on 30 Sep 17 - Under 14
9 years old on 30 Sep 17 - Under 10

If your child is 14 years or older please speak to one of our Senior Managers or Coaches to find out more about the seniors training program.

 UNDER 14 & PATROL: All Under 14 nippers are required to complete their Surf Rescue Certificate and participate in volunteer patrols.  Patrol is generally 6-8 half days throughout the season which commences in early November and finishes on Easter Monday.  Course dates and further details can be found on the clubs website under Patrols.

UNDER 6 & 7 PARENTS: Water safety ratios for Under 6 & 7 are 1:1, meaning one parent to one nipper. We need Under 6 & 7 parents to assist with Friday night water safety for their Age Group. To register as a water safety helper please email: juniordirector@mmlsc.com.au

MERCHANDISE: The Merchandise Shop will be open from 4.30pm for the first 2 weeks of Nippers then from 5.30pm every Friday night thereafter.  Online shopping will be available soon.  Compulsory items required for all training is a pink rash vest and a nipper cap. 

MEMBERSHIP: Your family membership must be COMPLETED prior to participating in the Nipper program, so please ensure all areas have been completed, each family member has been entered online, all members over 18 years have a current Working with Children check registered to MMLSC & LSV, active membership volunteer assistance has been provided.  It is club policy for Nippers that the whole family joins (no extra cost) so please ensure you read the registration process carefully and create an account for each member of your family who is above the age of 5. 

SWIMMING: At Nippers we do not teach swimming but provide great opportunities to develop their pool swimming into the open water environment. All Nippers Under 6-14 will be required to complete a preliminary swim assessment prior to the start of the season. Nippers wishing to compete at Life Saving Victoria carnivals will need to also complete their competition swim assessment which will be conducted on a Friday night during Nipper training.

VOLUNTEERING: Life saving is a volunteer community based organisation and relies heavily on its members to provide assistance in many areas throughout the club.  It is extremely rewarding to volunteer within your community and the skills gained along the way can be of huge benefit in your everyday life and personal development. Nipper parents are expected to help with the running of the Nipper program or another area of the club - whether it's patrolling, committee member, coach etc.  Please ensure you have nominated to assist in one of the following areas - Age Manager, Assistant Age Manager, Coaching, Water Safety, Patrol, Competition Official, Junior Sub-committee, no experience necessary, full training and support is provided.  To find out how you can become a volunteer please contact Bec Gibbs - juniordirector@mmlsc.com.au 

STARFISH NIPPERS is a Life Saving skills program designed for children and young adults with special needs aged 6 years and above. The program caters for nippers with numerous disabilities including Autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, learning and physical disabilities. New members are welcome, for more information please contact Sarah Hilli starfishnippers@mmlsc.com.au  

INCLEMENT WEATHER:  Nipper sessions run each week during the summer period and during poor weather, it is handy to have a wetsuit for these occasions. We are often able to practice our surf skills in rough conditions; if the bays water quality is good. We do however have a cancellation policy in extreme conditions such as active lightening or temperatures over 35 degrees (in Mt Martha). The program may be reviewed and managed on the night for other inclement weather.

 

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE:  MMLSC is committed to the Safeguarding of Children and Young People (SCYP) and acknowledges a safeguarding organisation doesn't just happen; it requires conscious action to protect children from harm. It is imperative that we provide a safe and supportive environment for children and young people, the focus on fun, education and building confidence of our people through positive learning and development.

 

JUNIOR COMPETITION U8-14:  Each year Life Saving Victoria oversees the Victorian Junior Competition which involves life saving clubs competing at 7 state carnivals.  The season begins in December and culminates with the Junior State Championships in March. There are many events that may be contested at each carnival, such as flags, sprints, swimming, board paddling, board rescue, relays and more.  As with all junior sport parental assistance is required if your child is competing.

We encourage all Nippers to have a go at competition and we provide plenty of opportunities to train and improve for those that wish to compete in the state champs both at the individual level and the team events.  The Carnivals are held both in the Bay and on the Coast. If you would like to know more about Junior Competition please speak to our Junior Comp. Manager – Peter Johnstone. jrcompetitionmanager@mmlsc.com.au

EQUIPMENT: All equipment is supplied by the club and extreme care must be taken in its use. There are 4 different types of boards used in Nippers as described below.  It is important Nippers stay on the board they are being trained in for both safety and ensuring there is enough boards for each age group:

6ft Light Blue Soft Bennett Boards - Under 6-10
6ft Fibreglass Nipper boards - Under 11-13
10ft Soft Foam Racing Mal - Under 14 and above
10ft Fibreglass Racing Mal - Under 14 and above

PARENTS PLEASE ASSIST YOUR CHILD WHEN THEY RETRIEVE/ RETURN EQUIPMENT TO THE CLUBROOMS AND TRAILER.  PLEASE ALSO MAKE SURE IT IS CLEAN, A RINSE IN THE SEA IS ALL THAT'S REQUIRED.

You are welcome to come down on the weekend and use club equipment - soft boards only, please remember to bring your pink rash vest and let the Patrol Captain know first. Parents are welcome to use equipment also, just remember you need a pink vest too (available from the Merchandise shop).  All non-fibreglass equipment is available for general use, including the fabulous new Stand-up paddle boards arriving for the start of the 2017/18 season.

SOCIAL:  After the beach is packed up on a Friday night we have fabulous volunteers who provide meals upstairs. TIP: pre-order upstairs, be quick as they sell out fast.  We also have a bar which opens from 7.30pm, BYO is not permitted, please ensure if you have non-member guests they sign in at the bar. We also have a weekly movie on the big screen for the Nippers.  It's a great way to finish off the week, relax and socialise with old and new friends.  Please note that alcohol is NOT to be consumed on the beach during Nipper training, thank you.

CHRISTMAS PARTY:  We also hold an annual Christmas party on the last Friday night before Christmas.  This is a highlight on the MMLSC social calendar and not to be missed.  Tables and chairs are set up on the beach for you to relax with friends and celebrate the festive season.  Hopefully we've been good and we will have a visit from the special man himself - SANTA.  The kids go crazy each year, as he comes in on an IRB or Jet Ski, he's even been known to water ski in. This event is either BYO picnic or pre-purchased catering through our social coordinator.  

COMMUNICATION: We send out a weekly “Nipper News” via email to all members every Thursday throughout the season. Please make sure you like us on Facebook and check out our website www.mmlsc.com.aufor regular updates.

 

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JUNIOR SUB-COMMITTEE

Name

Position

Email

Phone

Bec Gibbs

Junior Director

juniordirector@mmlsc.com.au

0432 204 147

Peter Johnstone

Junior Competition Mgr

jrcompetitionmanager@mmlsc.com.au

0419 595 105

Kirsty Hardt

Junior Carnival Registrar

jrcarnivalregistrar@mmlsc.com.au

 0438 123 184

Dawn Jenkins

Coordinator U6-8

 

 0414 619 363

Jo Fabian

Coordinator U9-14

 

 0422 241 104

Steve Hofer

Water Safety Coord.

buildingmaintenance@mmlsc.com.au

 0400 082834

Matt Barke

Coaching Coordinator

 

 0418 595 511

Jackie Jackson

Carnival Coordinator

carnivalcoordinator@mmlsc.com.au

 0414 695 656

VACANT

Surf Education Coord.

 

 

Deanne Johnstone

Life Saving Awards

 

 0412 598 350

Tanya Brown

Beach Set-up Coord.

 

 0439 345789

Sarah Hilli

Starfish Nippers

starfishnippers@mmlsc.com.au

 0419 313 437

Shane Dawson

U13-14 Coordinator

seniorcoach@mmlsc.com.au

 0412 368 210

VACANT

Social/Camp Coord.

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

UNDER 8-14 Prelim Swim Assessments

 When:       Tuesday 17th, 24th, 31st October at 7pm

Where:     The Peninsula School, Senior Pool, enter Gate 7 off Nepean Hwy, Mt Eliza.

 

UNDER 6-10 Prelim Swim Assessments

 When:       Saturday 21st or 28th October at 1.00pm

Where:     King Swim, 2 St Catherines Court, Mornington

  Nippers are only required to attend ONE SESSION ONLY. If for any reason you are unable to attend any of the above dates, please contact Bec Gibbs at juniordirector@mmlsc.com.au

 

Age Group

Preliminary Assessment

(Pool or Open Water

Competition Skills Evaluation (Surf/open water)

 

Junior Development Program Award

 

Under 6

 

* From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide and recover to a secure position.

 

Perform a back float for 15 seconds whilstholdingabuoyantaidandrecover to a secureposition.

Not required

(no competition for this age group)

Surf Play One

Under 7

 

 

* From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position.

 

Perform a back float for 30 seconds and recover to a secure position.

Not required

(no competition for this age group)

Surf Play Two

Under 8

 

25 metre swim (anystroke)

1 minute survival float (on back)

Not required

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

 

Surf Aware One

Under 9

25 metre swim (anystroke)

1 minute survival float (on back)

 

150m open water swim within 12 minutes (continuous freestyle)

Surf Aware Two

Under 10

25 metre swim (freestyle/front crawl)

1 1/2 minutes survival float (on back)

 

150m open water swim within 11 minutes (continuous freestyle)

Surf Safe One

Under 11

50 metre swim (freestyle/front crawl)
2 minutes survival float (on back)

 

288m open water swim within 12 minutes (continuousfreestyle)

Surf Safe Two

Under 12

100 metre swim (freestyle/front crawl)

2 minutes survival float (on back)

 

288m open water swim within 10 minutes (continuous freestyle)

Surf Smart One

Under 13

150 metre swim (freestyle/front crawl)

3 minutes survival float (on back)

 

288m open water swim within 9 minutes (continuous freestyle)

Surf Smart Two

Under 14

200 metre swim

(freestyle/front crawl within 5 minutes)

3 minutes survival float (on back)

 

288m open water swim within 9 minutes (continuous freestyle)

Surf Rescue Certificate

 

 

NIPPER CALENDAR 2017-18

Date

Who

Activity

Location

NOTES

Fri 6th - Sun 8th October

Nippers U8-14

Nipper & Senior Surf Camp

Anglesea YMCA

Parent must attend

Sunday 22 Oct @ 2pm

Age Managers & Assistants

Age Managers Course

MMLSC

Andrew Felsinger

Tues 17th, 24th, 31st October 7-8pm

Nippers U8-14

Prelim Swims

Peninsula School Pool

 

Compulsory attendance to one session

Saturday 21st or 28th October 1.00-2.00pm

Nippers U6-10

Prelim Swims

Kings Swim Mornington

Tues 17th Oct 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

Must have completed Prelim Swim 16/17

Tues 24th Oct 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

Must have completed Prelim Swim 16/17

Tues 31st Oct 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

Must have completed Prelim Swim 16/17

Tues 14th Nov 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 17th Nov - 6pm

All nippers

Nippers Night 1

MMLSC

Roster: U12s

Tues 21st Nov 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 24th Nov - 6pm

All Nippers

Nippers Night 2

MMLSC

Roster: U7 boys

Tues 28th Nov 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 1st Dec - 6pm

All Nippers

Nippers Night 3

MMLSC

Roster: U7 girls

Tues 5th Dec 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 8th Dec - 6pm

All Nippers

Nippers Night 4

MMLSC

Roster: U8 boys

Tues 12th Dec 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Thur 14th Dec 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Competition Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 15th Dec - 6pm

All Nippers

Intra-Club Competition

MMLSC

Roster: U8 girls

Sat 16th Dec

Competition Nippers U8-U14

State Carnival #1

Altona LSC

Registrations close 8/12/17

Tues 19th Dec 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 22nd Dec - 6pm

All nippers

Nippers Xmas Party

MMLSC

 

Fri 5th Jan

Competition Nippers U8-U14

State Carnival #2

Cosy Corner

Registrations close 22/12/17


Tues 9th Jan 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 12th Jan - 6pm

All Nippers

Nippers Night 6

MMLSC

Roster: U9 boys

Tues 16th Jan 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 19th Jan - 6pm

All Nippers

Nippers Night 7

MMLSC

Roster U9 girls

 

Sun 21st Jan

Competition Nippers U8-U14

State Carnival #3

Chelsea LSC

Registrations close 12/01/18

Tues 23rd Jan 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 26th Jan

NO NIPPERS

MMAD SWIM

MMLSC

Australia Day

Sat 27th Jan

Competition Nippers U8-U14

State Carnival #4

Pt Lonsdale/ Queenscliff

Registrations close 19/01/18

Tues 30th Jan 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 2nd Feb - 6pm

All Nippers

Nippers Night 8

MMLSC

Roster: U6 boys

Tues 6th Feb 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 9th Feb - 6pm

All Nippers

Intra-Club Competition

MMLSC

Roster: U6 girls

Sun 11th Feb

Competition Nippers U8-U14

State Carnival #5

Sth Melb LSC

Registrations close 02/02/18

Tues 13th Feb 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 16th Feb - 6pm

All Nippers

Nippers Night 10

MMLSC

Roster: U10s

Sat 17th Feb

Competition Nippers U8-U14

State Carnival #6

Mordialloc LSC

Registrations close 09/02/18

Tues 20th Feb 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 24th Feb - 6pm

All Nippers

Nipper Night 11

MMLSC

Roster: U11s

Sun 25th Feb

Competition Nippers U8-U14

State Carnival #7

Lorne SLSC

Registrations close 16/02/18

Tues 27th Feb 5-6pm

Nippers U9-U14

Board Training

MMLSC

 

Fri 2nd Mar - 6pm

All Nippers

Nippers Night 12

MMLSC

Roster: U13s & U14s

Tues 6th Mar 5-6pm

State Competitors ONLY

Competition Training

MMLSC

 

10th - 11th Mar

Nippers U9-U14

Vic Junior Champs

Warrnambool

Registration Close TBA

Fri 23rd Mar - 6pm

All Nippers

Presentation Night

MMLSC

 

 

 

Nippers: New Members Guide to Surviving Friday Nights!

WELCOME TO ALL NEW 2017/18 NIPPER FAMILIES

Nippers will start on Friday 17th November at 5.45pm for 6pm program commencement.  Please have your nipper lined up in their Age Group by 5.45pm.

To help you get organised for a great season, below is a guide for all new Nippers and their parents/guardians.

Parking is at a premium so our advice is to get down to the club as early as possible ready for a roll call by 5.45pm. Park either in the MMLSC car park, across the road in the dirt car park or at the Balcombe Estuary Car park and walk down under the bridge to the beach, avoiding the busy Esplanade Road all together! Please use the pedestrian crossing and the boardwalk if you have to cross the road to get to the club.

All Nippers must be assembled in front of the MMLSC club house by 5.45pm for 5.50pm roll call. This will ensure that the program starts on time. Look out for your child’s age group flag. All Nippers must wear a MMLSC skull cap and hi-vis pink rash singlet to participate which can be purchased from our merchandise shop inside the clubhouse. There will be an Age Manager and an Assistant Age Manager for each age level and they will coordinate and organise the group. They all have a clip board with key information and attendance sheets. Parents MUST notify Age Group Managers if they are removing their child from the group before the scheduled finish time.

With over 300 children on the beach it can be a challenge for new parents to find where they should go. Don't stress – just ask - we are all here to help! Little Nippers program Under 6-8 is conducted on the south side of the club (towards the Yacht club) and the Big Nippers program Under 9-14 is conducted on the north side of the clubhouse (towards Balcombe Creek). Starfish Nippers is located in between the red and yellow patrol flags. We also run Surf Education upstairs so if you cannot find your child’s age group – check upstairs. J

Quick Nippers Checklist

ü  Nippers cap – Compulsory Item

ü  Pink Fluoro Vest - Compulsory Item

ü  Bathers (available from Merchandise Shop)

ü  Goggles

ü  Hat

ü  Nippers t-shirt

ü  Water Bottle

ü  Towel

ü  Sunscreen

ü  Wetsuit (recommended)

ü  A bag to carry it all in!

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