Nippers

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS

Club subscription notices were emailed out to all current Financial Members on 28/07/2018 They were emailed to the email address on file for each member. If you haven’t yet seen the email, please check your inbox. The sender is “Portsea Surf Life Saving Club Inc” and the subject heading is “Portsea Surf Life Saving Club Inc Account”.

IMPORTANTLY, your subscription notice also contains your member login. When you login to pay your account, please also check your profile to ensure it is up-to-date for all contact details including email and mobile. To make sure you receive Club newsletters and important notices, ensure “Yes” is ticked under “Subscriptions” (bottom of the page) to go on the Club mailing list.

YOU WILL NEED YOUR LOGIN AND PASSWORD TO REGISTER FOR THE NIPPER, BRONZE AND CADET PROGRAMS. If you have forgotten your password, you can retrieve it by clicking on the “Username & Password” button at the top of the Members Login screen and requesting Password Retrieval.  Please do not contact the support team for password retrieval as we are unable to assist due to increased security that has been applied to the club’s membership system. If you need help logging in, please review our FAQ here:   FAQ

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME NOW TO LOGIN AND CHECK YOUR ACCESS AND DETAILS. WAITING UNTIL REGISTRATION OPENS MAY DELAY YOUR REGISTRATION.

If you have NOT received a subscription notice, it may mean your account for last season is still outstanding, meaning you are Non-Financial and resulting in your account being deactivated.  If you haven’t received your subscription notice, please email contact@portseasurf.com.au ASAP to have your subscription notice for 2016-17 resent. This will need to be paid, in addition to this year’s account, prior to you being eligible to register for Club programs.  For clarity, if your account is in arrears, you WILL BE INELIGIBLE to register for any of the Club’s education programs, including Nippers.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PORTSEA NIPPER PROGRAM 2018-19

Registrations

Registrations for the Portsea Nipper program will be as follows:

·       Priority Registration Period for previous participants and their siblings:

o   Opens – Monday 3 September 2018 at 10:00am;

o   Closes – Monday 10 September 2018 at 5.00pm

·       New Nipper Registrationfor first time participants:

o   Opens – Wednesday 12 September 2018 at 10:00am;

o   Closes – When Full (typically same day for some age groups)

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR REGISTERING YOUR CHILDREN IN NIPPERS

Club Subscription notices were emailed to current Financial Members on 28/07/2018 This email contained the USERNAME that you will need to access your member account in order to register for Nippers. PLEASE LOGIN AND TEST YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD PRIOR TO REGISTRATION OPENING.

If you have forgotten your password, you can retrieve it by clicking on the “Username & Password” button at the top of the Members Login screen and requesting Password Retrieval.  Please do not contact the support team for password retrieval as we are unable to assist due to increased security that has been applied to the club’s membership system.  If you need help logging in, please review our FAQ here:   FAQ

Please be aware that the Nipper team will not be able to assist you with website issues on registration day and this may result in delays to registering your children.

To register for Portsea Nippers you must have a current Family Membership. Please make sure your Family Membership is paid prior to registering for Nippers. Only current financial members will be eligible to register. Prospective new members can do this by visiting the Club’s website at www.portseasurf.com.au and following the prompts (click on “Members” tab). Please note that Club Memberships are Non Refundable. Should you later decide not to participate in the Nippers Program or are unsuccessful in securing a place in the program, any Nipper Registration fees paid may be refunded, BUT not your Club Family Membership fee.

Only previous Nipper participants and their siblings are eligible to register during the Priority Period from 3 September – 10 September 2018. Those new to the program may not register until 10am on Wednesday 12 September 2018 when all remaining spaces will open. New participants attempting to register during the priority period will have their registrations moved to the back of the queue. This is in the interests of fairness to all. Please understand that remaining places typically fill very quickly and while we try to accommodate as many as we can, numbers are capped in the interests of water safety.

 

UNDER 7 AGE GROUP – This year again there will be a limited number of places available in the U/7 Age Group. To participate in this program your child must be 6 years old as at 1 October 2018. Parents of children participating in the U/7 Nippers Program MUST remain on the beach with their children for the duration of each session.

 

Children must be 6 years of age or older as at 1 October 2018 to participate in Nippers. If your child turns 9 for example, prior to 1/10/18, they will be in the U/10 age group. If that child turns 9 after 1/10/18, they will be in the U/9 age group. Each child must be registered in the correct age group and with the correct date of birth. This information is recorded with Life Saving Victoria for insurance, training and accreditation purposes. There will be no exceptions to this. The Club reserves its right to exclude any member found to have declared false information.

When registering, please note that the Mobile Telephone number that you provide during the registration process is the number that the Club will use to contact you with any SMS Notifications during the Nipper Program (eg. Inclement weather notifications, location changes, Code Red Fire changes, etc).

NIPPER GEAR COLLECTION – PLEASE NOTE

Nipper Gear will be delivered directly to you via Express Post from our supplier during the first week of December. Please note that at registration you must provide the address to which you would like the gear delivered, preferably your home address where someone is in attendance during the week (ie. Not beach house and NO P.O. BOXES PLEASE).  Your children WILL NOT be able to participate in the Nipper Program without the appropriate gear and there will be NO Nipper Gear available for collection at Portsea during the program.

PINK WATER SAFETY VEST All Nippers will this year be issued with a Pink Water Safety Rash Vest as well as their Nippers Rashie. This Pink Vest must be brought to every Nipper Session and worn during all water activities. Please note you will not be able to participate in the Nipper Program without the correct uniform or your Pink Vest.

ACCREDITATION SWIM – PLEASE NOTE

This year’s Accreditation Swim will take place on Thursday 27th December. This will enable us to have all Nippers Accredited so we can commence the Program the following day at the first Nipper Session. The location of the Nipper Accreditation Swim will be advised closer to the commencement of the Nipper Program

KEY DATES U/7 – U/13 (PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS REGARDING U/14 PROGRAM)

Nipper Sessions will be held as follows:

·       Thursday 27/12/2018 – Nipper Accreditation Swim – Venue TBA

·       Friday 28/12/2018 – Nipper Session 1

·       Saturday 29/12/2018 – Nipper Session 2

·       Sunday 30/12/2018 – Nipper Session 3

·       Monday 31/12/2018 – Nipper Session 4

·       Wednesday 02/01/2019 – Nipper Session 5 & Nipper Parents Cocktail Party

·       Thursday 03/01/2019 – Nipper Disco

·       Friday 04/01/2019 – Nipper Session 6

·       Saturday 05/01/2019 – Nipper Competition Day

LOCATION OF SESSIONS

Nipper sessions will be run between Portsea Back Beach and either Blairgowrie Front Beach or at the Quarantine Station in Point Nepean National Park (TBC). Location may be weather dependent and may change at short notice. It is therefore important that the mobile number to which SMS notifications will be sent is accurate when registering your children.

U/14 PROGRAM

 U/14 Nipper Surf Rescue Certificate Program dates will be as follows:

·       Thursday 27/12/2018 –Accreditation Swim – Venue TBA

·       Friday 28/12/2018 – 9:15-12:00pm – Blairgowrie/Quarantine

·       Saturday 29/12/2018– 9:15-12:00pm Portsea SLSC

·       Sunday 30/12/2018 – 9:15-12:00pm Portsea SLSC

·       Monday 31/12/2018 – 9:15-12:15pm Portsea SLSC

·       Wednesday 02/01/2019 – 9:15-4:00pm Portsea SLSC

·       Friday 04/01/2019 – 9:15-12:00pm Portsea SLSC

·       Saturday 05/01/2018 – Competition Day

PLEASE NOTE – All PSLSC Locations for U/14 SRC Program may be subject to change

NIPPER COMPETITION TEAM

Portsea will again be assembling a Nipper Competition Team to compete against other clubs at Nipper carnivals, Regional Championships and the Victorian Titles. Training sessions are offered in Melbourne and on the Peninsula, with the focus on developing skills and having fun. If you are interested, or would like more information, please tick the box as part of the registration process and you will be emailed further details in due course.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

The successful running of the program relies on parental involvement. For information about becoming an LSV accredited Age Manager, completing the Nipper Parent Bronze Medallion course so you too may assist with water safety or helping out during the Nipper sessions please, tick the box as part of the registration process.

PLEASE NOTE:  Recent changes to Child Protection laws now make it appropriate for PSLSC to require all nipper parent, guardians and siblings 18 and over to have a Working With Children Check (WWCC). For further details on how to apply for a WWCC, please see the following link:

http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

Please ensure that you provide the WWCC Number on the Nipper Registration Form.