Becoming a Nipper
Becoming a Nipper
We welcome all kids ages 5-13 to our Nipper’s program. At North Steyne we believe in ensuring that kids feel encouraged and welcome to participate, and that they are truly part of the North Steyne team. We promote a fun and safe environment on the beach which is not only enjoyable for the Nipper, but the entire family as well.
For all NEW registrations you must bring proof of age (passport or birth certificate) to the Club to be sighted for your Nipper to complete the registration process.
This can be completed at our September registration days or before Nippers on Sunday mornings. Unfortunately your Nipper will be unable to participate in Sunday activities if we do not have this on file.
Your child will register as a “Junior Activities” Member. This will allow him or her access to all the benefits of the Nipper’s program, including training for kids U8+. Family membership is also available which is a good way for the whole family to become involved with North Steyne Surf Life Saving Club. For all enquiries on becoming a Nipper at North Steyne contact our Nipper’s Chair, David Guthrie on 0438 677 423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family (3-4 members)
All Nippers must have an accompanying adult parent/carer joining them this season who can join as a General member. It’s expected that all parents will actively contribute to Nipper activities.
Family membership must include 1 adult.
Follow the steps below to join/renew and make payment for 2017-18 membership:
Create an account at the SLS Member Portal http://sls.com.au/join for each Nipper and/or family member you want to register.
You will be sent a confirmation email/SMS code.
Put this confirmation code into the Member Portal system to complete the creation of each personal log in.
Log in and ADD/RENEW your membership for each North Steyne Nipper in your family who wishes to renew using their personal details.
MAKE PAYMENT using the Payment Gateway within Life Saving Online – see tab on the Member Portal.
Bring proof of age to the club if you have not already done so. Your registration is not complete until this has been sighted by a Club Official.
Things you need to know about SLS Member Portal:
1. All accounts created on the portal are for individual Nippers/Members only and not for the whole family. You will need to create separate accounts for each child and each parent/carer member.
2. Each member will need a unique username which you can usually use their first name and surname or first inital and surname.
3. If desired, you can use the same password for all your family when creating their accounts.
4. You must use the email address currently held in our database (Surfguard) to register/renew your membership. Please email email@example.com if you are unsure what this is or need to update it.
5. Membership fees should be paid via the Payment Gateway within Life Saving Online which is linked to the Member Portal page. You can bulk pay the whole family’s membership fees in one payment.
Please ensure that you clearly record the name of each family member in the description field when making payment. This indicates to us your payment covers more than one child. Failure to do this will delay the approval of your registration.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. To renew your membership go to http://sls.com.au/join and follow the steps outlined above.
No. All registrations are to made online but we are happy to walk you through process on 6th and 13th Sept from 9am -12noon. We are likely to have some laptops at the Club to help you through the registration process. Please turn up between 8.30am-9am on Nipper Sundays if you require additional help.
All chidlren must be 5 before before they join Nippers.
Age groups are determined by the age they are by 30th September as per the table below:
Registrations remain open from October to March. However, your child cannot participate on Sunday mornings until you have registered and paid your membership fee.
New nippers can also register online as above. However their registration is not complete until we have sighted proof of age. They need to bring either a birth certificate or a passport to the Club on the Info Days before Nippers on Sunday for their membership can be approved.
We encourage all Nippers to wear North Steyne swimmers as that is part of the Nipper’s uniform. However, these are not mandatory, but all Nippers must have a Black & Gold skull cap and a hi-visibility rash vest which can be purchased at the club. This helps us to identify Nippers on the beach and keep them safe in the water.
We have a variety of North Steyne branded apparrell available at the club clothing shop including boys and girls swimmers (one piece and bikinis), jammers, hoodies and board shorts.
The Clothing Shop will be open on our Info Days and on Sunday mornings before Nippers from 8.30am – 9.45am. Payment for clothing can also be made via the Members Portal in the Lifesaving online section. Clothing order form here.
All Nippers must complete a proficiency swim before entering any water activities on Sundays at Nippers. Pool swims are required for U8s and above. Dates are currently being organised for the 2015-2016 season. We normally wait for the water to warm up for U6s and U7s who will need to do their proficiency at North Steyne. Date(s) TBA. Nippers registering after this time will need to organise a separate Proficiency date with their Age Manager. Proficiency details are below:
From a standing position in waist deep water, glide and recover. Front or back float holding a tube/bouancy aid.
From a standing position in waist deep water, glide, kick for 3m and recover in waist deep water.Front or back float for a few seconds and recover.
25m swim (any stroke) and 1 min survival float.
25m swim (any stroke) and 1 min survival float.
25m swim (any stroke) and 1.5 min survival float.
50m swim (any stroke) and 2 min survival float.
100m freestyle swim and 2 mins survival float.
150m freestyle swim and 3 mins survival float.
200m freestyle swim (in <5min) and 3 mins survival float.
For Nippers wishing to compete at carnivals, the following pool proficiency swims are recommended (this does not replace the required ocean swim). See Carnivals page for more details.
- Under 9 200m in 6 mins
- Under 10 200m in 6 mins
- Under 11 200m in 5 mins
- Under 12 200m in 5 mins
- Under 13 200m in 5 mins
- Under 14 200m in 5 mins