Who Can Join?

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

Nipper’s age group will depend on their date of birth. The 2022– 2023 age group birth date range:

  • U6 – born between 1 October 2016 – 30 September 2017 (5 by 30/09/22)
  • U7 – born between 1 October 2015 – 30 September 2016 (6 by 30/09/22)
  • U8 – born between 1 October 2014 – 30 September 2015 (7 by 30/09/22)
  • U9 – born between 1 October 2013– 30 September 2014 (8 by 30/09/22)
  • U10 – born between 1 October 2012 – 30 September 2013 (9 by 30/09/22)
  • U11 – born between 1 October 2011 – 30 September 2012 (10 by 30/09/22)
  • U12 – born between 1 October 2010 – 30 September 2011 (11 by 30/09/22)
  • U13 – born between 1 October 2009 – 30 September 2010 (12 by 30/09/22)
  • U14 – born between 1 October 2008 – 30 September 2009 (13 by 30/09/22)

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

Qualification & Proficiency

To take part in nippers, children must also complete an annual proficiency. All proficiencies must be continuous and unassisted. A proficiency certificate must be filled out by a swim coach or club authorised person and provided to the club as proof of proficiency.

Under 8s Proficiency

  • 25m swim (continuous freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 2 minutes
  • 1 minute float in swimming pool
  • No ocean swim required

Under 9s Proficiency

  • 75m swim (continuous freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 4 minutes
  • 1 minute float in swimming pool
  • untimed 150m ocean swim

Under 10s Proficiency

  • 75m swim (continuous freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 4 minutes
  • 1.5 minute float in pool
  • untimed 150m ocean swim

Under 11s Proficiency

  • 100m swim (continuous freestyle) in swimming pool in less than 4.5 minutes
  • 2 minute float in pool
  • untimed 288m ocean swim

Under 12s Proficiency

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

Under 13s Proficiency

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

Under 14s Proficiency

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

Completing Proficiency

Pool Proficiency will be required for 22/23 season. Nippers can attend Tivoli Swim School on Saturday 13 August between 12pm til 2pm or have their swim coach sign their pool proficiency. Please refer to the registration section for further details, and the download the form.