Nipper Proficiency Information – 2017/18 Season

Before any participation in water activities on Sunday mornings all Nippers must complete the Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment (pool proficiency) as per their age group guidelines.

Parents should remember that Dixon Park Nippers is not a learn to swim program.

There are two levels of proficiency:

  • Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment (Pool Proficiency) - This is compulsory and is the minimum requirement for all Nippers
  • Junior Competition Skills Assessment - This is compulsory for all Nippers that wish to participate at carnivals and includes a timed pool swim and an ocean swim.

The proficiency requirements are outlined in detail below.

Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment (Pool Proficiency)

THIS IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL NIPPERS FROM U6 to U14.

Every Nipper member is required to complete this evaluation prior to participating in any junior water activity or competition being undertaking.

Pool Proficiencies for 2017/18 season details U8’s to U14’s:

Venue:    Charlestown Swim Centre, Dickinson Street, Charlestown

Date:      Sunday, 17th Sept 2017 and Sunday, 24th Sept 2017.

Times:     9am to 10am - U8 and U9 only

              10am to 11am – U10 to U14 only

Pool Entry Costs:  $3.50 for Children and $2.50 for Spectators

Under 6 and Under 7 pool proficiencies will be held on the 2nd Nippers skill day of the season Sunday, 22nd October 2017 at Merewether Baths.

The Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment (pool proficiency) can be conducted by Club officials.

Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment requirements

Under 6

From a standing position in waste deep water perform a front glide and recover to a secure position, &
Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position

Under 7

From a standing position in waste deep water perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position, &
Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position

Under 8

25 metre swim (any stroke) & 1 minute survival float

Under 9

25 metre swim (any stroke) & 1 minute survival float

Under 10

25 metre swim (Freestyle) & 1 1/2 minute survival float

Under 11

50 metre swim (Freestyle) & 2 minute survival float

Under 12

100 metre swim (Freestyle) & 2 minute survival float

Under 13

150 metre swim (Freestyle) & 3 minute survival float

Under 14

200 metre swim in less than 5 minutes (Freestyle) & 3 minute survival float

Junior Competition Skills Assessment

All Nippers wanting to participate in carnivals MUST complete the Junior Competition Skills Assessment before they can participate in either water or beach events.

U8’s are only required to complete the Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment as noted above.

From U9 to U14’s the Junior Competition Skills Assessment includes a timed pool swim and ocean swim

Ocean Proficiencies for 2017/18 season details U9’s to U14’s @ Dixon Park

  • Sunday, 8th October 2017 – 9am
  • Sunday, 15th October 2017 – 9am
  • Sunday, 10th December 2017 - 9am

(Dates and times subject to change due to conditions and Assessor availability)

Ocean proficiencies can only be conducted by an Assessor.

Pink Hi-Vis singlet must be worn when completing the ocean swim. Nippers without a HI-Vis singlet will not be permitted to enter the water.

Junior Competition Skills Assessment

Under 8

Timed Pool Swim - Nil (Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment required only)
Ocean Swim - Nil (Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment required only)

Under 9

Timed Pool Swim - 100m in <4 mins
Ocean Swim - 150m open water swim

Under 10

Timed Pool Swim - 100m in <3 mins
Ocean Swim - 150m open water swim

Under 11

Timed Pool Swim - 200m in <6 mins
Ocean Swim - 288m open water swim

Under 12

Timed Pool Swim - 200m in <5 mins
Ocean Swim - 288m open water swim

Under 13

Timed Pool Swim - 200m in <5 mins
Ocean Swim - 288m open water swim

Under 14

Timed Pool Swim - 200m in <5 mins
Ocean Swim - 288m open water swim