Junior Surf Lifesaving Program (JSLP)
Point Leo SLSC has over 460 junior members (nippers) participate in the club Junior Surf Lifesaving Program (JSLP) from late December to mid-January each year. Program dates will be published in October 2017. Around 100 of these juniors continue on with competitive training and compete in the State Championship carnival.
The JSLP is open to children aged between 6 and 13 years of age. Age is taken as at 30th September in the year the program commences. We welcome all children of all skill levels, but strongly advise children 8 years and up to have swimming experience.
Parents who are interested in their children joining the program for the first time will need to register their children’s names on our waiting list which opens in early August each year and closes in mid-September of that year. Those interested in registering should regularly check our website for the opening of our waiting list. Our groups are limited so that we can ensure that we run a high quality, and most importantly, a safe program. Therefore positions in the program are dependent on any vacancies we may have in age groups. Please note that registering on the waiting list does not guarantee your child a position in the program, it is purely a waiting list.
The JSLP was developed to equip children with the skills and knowledge to recognise and enjoy a safe beach and aquatic environment.
Specifically the program:
- extends participants’ knowledge and understanding of:
- safe beach and aquatic environments
- survival skills in aquatic environments
- develops skills in:
- the sport disciplines of Surf Lifesaving
- injury prevention to self and others
- rehearsal of safety related judgements
- basic first-aid, rescue and resuscitation
Point Leo SLSC is a friendly, family club. We hope that all members adopt the Point Leo Club Spirit and remember that the Nippers should have FUN!!
The Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) is offered to the nippers who have turned 13 or 14 years of age and is compulsory for nippers and cadets competing in the U14 and U15 age groups at carnivals. It is also the requisite SLS award to commence patrols at these age levels. The date for this year’s SRC course is December 10 and 11 2016. Priority for attendance at this course will be given to renewing members. New members wanting to complete their SRC should contact us from September 2017 onwards via our contact form with the subject line: SRC.
Full details of Surf Rescue Certificate requirements can be found on the Surf Rescue Certificate page of this website.
The Junior Surf Lifesaving Program season commences after Christmas Day each year and runs for approximately three weeks on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The focus in the JSLP is on instilling the children with the necessary skills, confidence and knowledge to enjoy the beach environment safely. The program covers the many activities associated with Surf Lifesaving as well as developing fitness, surf awareness and teamwork. Activities include beach running, flags, surf swimming and board paddling, all conducted in a fun, friendly and safe environment. The JSLP caters for all levels of skill and experience. Nippers just need to bring along their enthusiasm and energy!
Nippers are split into two groups in the JSLP:
Point Leo CUBS : the under 7s, under 8s, under 9s and under 10s
Point Leo LIONS : the under 11s, under 12s, under 13s, under 14s
CUBS: 8.50 am to 10.30 am. Each CUBS age group has 2 Surf Education rotations over the course of the program that will commence at 10.30am and finish at 11.00am.
LIONS: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
The Point Leo Junior Handbook detailing all aspects and requirements of the program and activity schedule outlining the dates, times and activities will be available from the download section of this website closer to the season.
Junior carnivals (inter-club competition) are held at ocean beaches, and one or two in the bay, around Victoria each season. They are usually held on Saturdays or Sundays, spread throughout the summer from December till the end of March. Competitors and their families often enjoy a great weekend trip up the Surf Coast.
More information on Junior Competition is available on the Nipper Competiton page.
Parent Membership Requirement
In order to deliver a safe, worthwhile and enjoyable Junior Surf Life Saving (Nipper) Program the Club is reliant on the active involvement of parents in addition to that of other Club members. Over the years, the number of Junior participants has grown; there have been increased requirements from a safety and risk management perspective (both on the beach and in administration/documentation); and the level of training and education has become increasingly sophisticated. Therefore this requires not only more parent involvement, it also increasingly requires more parents with lifesaving qualifications.
To ensure that we have adequate parental involvement and to encourage and facilitate parents gaining lifesaving qualifications, the Committee has introduced a Nipper Parent Membership requirement. Stated simply, this means that each Nipper must have at least one parent, guardian or immediate adult family member also join as a member of the club and assist with the running of the program.
Membership fees are listed in our Fee Schedule which is available from the download page of this website after our Annual General meeting each year (usually August). There is also a $30 joining fee for all new members.
There is a Carnival Fee payable if nippers choose to compete. This fee is payable annually at the same time as the membership fee. Please refer to the Fee Schedule on the download page for this year’s fee. Full details regarding Junior competition will be available in 2017/2018 Junior Handbook.
It is expected that Nippers wear Point Leo bathers at sessions. An orange cap and High Visibility singlet or rash vest must be worn at all times throughout the program. These plus other Point Leo SLSC gear can be purchased at The Uniform shop. The Uniform Shop will be open several times prior to the commencement of the season (dates will be advised in our newsletter closer to the season) and before each nipper session. A back pack with goggles, towel, wetsuit (if required), sunscreen, water and snacks should be brought to all sessions; we encourage Nippers to carry their own back pack.
If you require any further information on Point Leo SLSC Nippers please contact us any time after 1st September 2017 via our contact form with the subject line: Nippers