Hunter Branch conducts Junior Carnivals during the season for the U8 to U14 age groups. Carnivals are held as competition between nippers of different surf clubs, culminating with the Branch Junior Championships (U8 to U14) followed by the NSW Junior State Championships (U9 to U14 only).
All U/9s to U/14s children wishing to compete at Hunter Branch surf carnivals must complete an ocean proficiency swim. Registrations for carnivals are taken at the Nippers desk.
Individual Competition Events for Carnivals:
Nippers are able to enter any individual and team event at all Carnivals for which they meet the proficiency requirement - U/8’s: Sprint, Beach Flags, Wade Race, Sprint Relay & Wade Relay - U/9 & U/l0: Sprint, Beach Flags, Sprint Relay, Surf Swim, Board Race, Swim Teams, Board Relay - U/11 and Up: Sprint, Beach Flags, Sprint Relay, Surf Swim, Board Race, Swim Teams, Board Relay, Board Rescue & Cameron.
Club Competition Events for Carnivals:
Surf Teams (U/9 – U/14), Board Rescue Relay (U/10– U/14), Cameron Relay (U/9 – U/14), Beach Relay (U/8 – U/14), Wade relay (U/8s only) and All Age Relays (Beach and Board).
Every Club is required to provide Water Safety personnel and competition officials to assist in the running of each branch carnival. There is an expectation that the parents of competing nippers will be required to undertake these roles in order for their children to compete.