Proficiency swims are a crucial aspect of our Nippers program at North Steyne. We want to provide the safest possible environment for our young members, ensuring they have the necessary skills to enjoy water activities and compete in carnivals with confidence.

Why Are Proficiency Swims Important?

Proficiency swims are essential because they serve as a measure of a nipper’s water competency. Without passing the required proficiency swim assessment, nippers will be unable to participate in water activities during our Sunday Nippers sessions or take part in inter club beach or water carnivals.

Assessment Process

At the start of each season, we conduct multiple proficiency swim assessments to accredit our nippers. These assessments are witnessed by North Steyne board-approved assessors.

Stay Informed – Check the Events

To find out about upcoming proficiency swim assessments, please visit our Stacks TeamApp page. Remember, you MUST RSVP in advance to secure your spot.

Determining the Appropriate Proficiency Swim

To determine the appropriate proficiency swim for your nipper, consider their desired level of participation in water activities. There are different proficiency levels required for Sunday nippers and carnivals. Please see the table below for further details.

What do they want to do?Sunday nippers onlyCompete at carnivals
Proficiency swim required?1. Proficiency Swim1. Proficiency Swim
(see tables below for details) 2. Competition Swim
  3. Open water swim
Age groupsU8 and upU9 and up
Note:If a nipper has not done their proficiency, they will be able to participate in the sand events activities at Sunday nippers but will NOT be able to participate in the water activities. If a nipper wishes to compete at a beach OR water carnival they are required to have completed the three water proficiencies noted above. 

Have Questions or Need More Information?

If you have any questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the North Steyne Nippers team at [email protected]. We’re here to support and guide you through the proficiency swim process.