Who Can Join Nippers

Children aged 5-14 years can join nippers.  North Bondi Nippers takes place on Sunday mornings.

 

U6 to U8 and U14: 8am to 9 am

U9 to U13: 9am to approximately 10:30 am

 

A Nipper’s age group will depend on their date of birth. The 2016/17 the age group birth date ranges are:

  • U6 – born between 1 October 2010 – 30 September 2011
  • U7 – 1 October 2009 – 30 September 2010
  • U8– 1 October 2008 – 30 September 2009
  • U9– 1 October 2007 – 30 September 2008
  • U10– 1 October 2006 – 30 September 2007
  • U11– 1 October 2005 – 30 September 2006
  • U12– 1 October 2004 – 30 September 2005
  • U13– 1 October 2003 – 30 September 2004
  • U14– 1 October 2002 – 30 September 2003

 

Nippers must be in correct Age Groups and must turn 5 before they can join. Unfortunately there are no exceptions.

 

Proficiency requirements

To take part in nippers, children must also complete an annual proficiency as follows. All proficiencies must be continuous and unassisted.

U8 age group

  • 50m swim (freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 2.5 minutes
  • 1 minute float in swimming pool
  • No ocean swim required

U9 age group

  • 100m swim (freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 4 minutes
  • 1 minute float in swimming pool
  • untimed 150m ocean swim

U10 age group

  • 150m swim (freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 5 minutes
  • 5 minute float in pool
  • untimed 150m ocean swim

U11 age group

  • 200m swim (freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 6 minutes
  • 2 minute float in pool
  • untimed 288m ocean swim

U12 age group

  • 200m swim (freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 5 minutes
  • 2 minute float in pool
  • untimed 288m ocean swim

U13 age group

  • 200m swim (freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 4.5 minutes
  • 3 minute float in pool
  • untimed 288m ocean swim

U14 age group

  • 200m swim (freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 4.5 minutes
  • 3 minute float in pool
  • Untimed 288m ocean swim

You can obtain your pool proficiency certificate from:

  • Your local swim school, or
  • on Saturday 3 September 2016 at Tivoli Swim School (Kambala, enter via Tivoli Avenue) between 10.15am and 12.15pm.

 

Here is a link to the pool proficiency certificate template:

The ocean swim proficiencies will take place in the first few weeks of nippers. If your child is unsuccessful at the first attempt, they will be given other opportunities throughout the season.

Please note that no nipper will be permitted to compete in competitions and Club Championships until they are both pool and ocean proficient.