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Saturday Nipper Training
Our nipper sessions run from Early October to mid-March:
U6/7 2pm to 3:30pm
U13 2pm to 4pm
Please arrive for 1.30pm as parents will be required to sign in before training commences and kids are asked to organise their gear in the Age Group buckets.
What to bring to the beach on Saturdays
The following items are required each week on the beach:
- High-viz vest
- Long Sleeve Protective Top
- Wide-Brimmed Protective Hat
- Sun Block (please ensure applied to children before arrival on beach)
- Goggles (optional)
- Water in a Bottle (please no other drinks)
Age Group Managers will have tubs for water. Please have a bag for all other items.
If you child is competing in carnivals, they will require the South Port Competition Cap and Club compliant uniforms.
As well as the above, please also note SLSA Policy requires high visibility vest to be worn for ALL water sessions. Your child’s safety is paramount to us.
NO VEST = LONG REST
Times for training (subject to change)
Board training: Mon/Wed 5pm.
Beach Training: Wed 4:30pm.
Pool training (Noarlunga Swimming Centre): Tuesdays 7-8pm
Under 14’s are welcome to train with Seniors on Mon & Wed 5pm, Fri 5:30pm.
Purpose of Training
Details for Board Training, Swim Training, Carnivals and other activities will be communicated through your Age Group Managers and Junior Coach.
In line with Duty of Care, each child that attends the Nipper Group must have a parent/guardian present for the whole duration of any Surf Life Saving event or training. A parent/guardian can appoint a proxy of care in consultation with the Junior Coach or Age Group Manager; however this person must be a financial member of SPSLSC. This includes Saturday Nipper Training, Board Training, Pool Training at Noarlunga Pool, Carnivals and any other event.
Unfortunately, if a child does not have a parent/guardian on the beach then they will be asked to sit out of all activities.
National Extreme Weather Policy
Nippers run no matter what the weather and we will modify training programs to suit. On a superhot day we can spend more time in the water, on a wet and windy day we can work on resuscitation or first aid in the Clubrooms.
Sun Smart Policy
South Port and Surf Life Saving Australia strongly recommend sun protection during all SLSA activities. It is the responsibility of all SLSA members to us all protective equipment provided (hats, sunscreen, shade structures, sunglasses etc) and adopt sun safe practices (re-applying sunscreen, minimising time outdoors during peak UV times).
South Port provides shade structures at all activities for use by our Nippers. We would ask that parents/guardians supply their own structures and all children bring sun block. You will be asked to leave an area if our Nippers are being left in the sun.
Further details of the policy can be found on the https://sls.com.au website under Members/Public Download/Governance.
What is the Sports Vouchers program?
The Sports Vouchers program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. The program provides an opportunity for school aged children from Reception to Year 9 to receive up to a $100 discount on sports or dance membership/registration fees. The purpose is to increase the number of children playing organised sport or participating in dance activities by reducing cost as a barrier.
From 1 January 2019 several changes have been made to the program, including the vouchers being increased from $50 to $100 and all forms of dance are now eligible. Learn more about changes to the 2023 program, click here.
Who is eligible for the program?
All South Australian school aged children, meaning if the child is attending or is eligible to attend school (Reception to Year 9. Remember it is one voucher for every school aged child per calendar year. To find your nearest provider please use the ‘Find a Provider’ tool.
How does the program work?
There are currently two methods of claiming a voucher. The method depends on the providers system. Some providers have online registrations, claiming the voucher has been integrated into their systems.
If the provider does not have the voucher integrated into their online registrations, you’ll need to download the voucher. Once completed, take the voucher to an approved provider to receive a discount on the fees when you register.
Providers access the secure Voucher Portal to redeem vouchers and receive reimbursement.
South Port SLSC is registered to be part of this fantastic initiative.
To read more about the program please visit: www.sportsvouchers.sa.gov.au
We're excited to be starting back up the Starfish Nippers Program for the 2022/23 season - start date TBC.
Starting at 2pm alongside the Nippers, Starfish offers an opportunity for children with disabilities ages 6 and up, to safely learn and enjoy the beach.
Any members able to assist with watercover would be most welcome, please send me a message if you're able.
Thank you and enjoy the summer.
We are incredibly lucky to have a Junior Panel whose sole purpose is to ensure that our Junior Members learn to love the beach as much as we do and understand the importance of Surf Lifesaving.
The organisational structure can be found HERE
- Junior Chairperson – ensure key dates for season are met; prepare minutes from Junior Panel meetings; present financial budgets for Juniors; communicate between Junior Panel and Board of Management (BOM).
- Junior Administrator – work with AGMs and assistance to collate information and distribute programs and results; responsible for nominations and payments for competition events; manages events systems for junior activities; oversee State nominations in consultation with selection panel; monitor proficiencies, surf-ed and patrol hours of juniors; collate and record data for junior awards; be aware of SLSSA Youth Development Panel activities; ensure calendar dates are set; organise yearbook and trophies for presentation day; communicate with members regarding carnivals and training times.
- Junior Registrar – collation of all documentation related to nipper registrations; ensure all junior members are paid and registered on Surf Guard; ensure new members are insured; monitor police clearances for any person involved in Junior Club activities.
- Junior Coach – maintain and improve kids’ skills, techniques and fitness; set junior training times; responsible for Age Group Managers and assistants; provide clear direction to coaches and coordinators on junior activities and programs; provide parents and nippers with relevant information at Saturday training; assess surf conditions and WHS in consultation with patrol captains.
- Junior Social and Promotion Officers – develop calendar of specific events for juniors and work with Club Promotions Officer for Club activities; arrange junior advertising/publication; organising and coordinating fundraising activities; assist with Club Sponsorship.
Full Job Descriptions are available in Members Only area HERE
Remember effective communication is key
- Website is our most used resource.
- Join our FaceBook Pages (South Port SLSC main one),
- Register with us on TeamApp
- Check the Club notice board for any updates/information and;
- Make sure you arrive early on Saturdays to hear any general updates.
If you have any enquiries please direct them to one of the Panel, who will only be too happy to be of assistance.