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 new 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 to participate which can be purchased from our merchandise shop inside the club house. There will be an Age Manager and an Assistant Age Manager for each age level and they will coordinate and organise the group. In the younger groups there are 2 Age Managers and 2 Assistants per 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!
The website and facebook page is great source of club information. You will receive a weekly Nippers News via email.
Nippers must meet swimming requirements to participate in water events during Nippers. All compulsory Preliminary Swim Evaluations (U/8 - U/14 groups) must be completed prior to the commencement of Nippers Training. Children MUST pass their Preliminary Swim Evaluation or will not be allowed to participate in the Nippers program. This season the Prelim Swim Assessments are being held at The Peninsula School Senior Pool on Tuesday 17th, 24th and 31st October between 7pm and 8pm. For those Nippers who are interested in competing for Mount Martha Life Saving Club they must pass a Competition Swim Evaluation. The dates for these assessments will be advised soon.
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 (a parent or guardian is required to stay on the beach for the duration of Nippers).
Quick Nippers Checklist
- Nippers cap – Compulsory Item
- Pink Fluoro Vest - Compulsory Item
- Bathers (available from Merchandise Shop)
- Nippers t-shirt
- Water Bottle
- Wetsuit if it is a cold night
- Rash Vest
- A bag to carry it all in!