If you’re thinking of introducing your child to Surf Life Saving, then Nippers is the best place to do it. Nippers are children aged 7 to 13 years old. The Club divides Nippers into age groups and each group trains weekly to develop their Surf Life Saving skills in the pool, on the beach and in the sea. In addition, the children learn about the beach environment, how to be safe in the sea and some basic first aid skills.
For those Nippers who wish to compete there are pool and sea competitions throughout the year. We find working towards a competition helps to increase skill levels, which in turn increases the effectiveness of the Life Saver in carrying out rescues. Competitions provide an environment where Nippers can have fun, gain success and learn from others in a team environment.
We ask that a parent of all 7 and 8 year olds accompany them in the water, and parents of 8 to10 year olds remain on the beach at all times.
All sessions are run by experienced and qualified coaches- all CRB checked.
We ask for all Nippers to be at their training session at least 15 minutes before it starts so they are ‘ready to go’ on time.
Summer – May to October – Polzeath Beach
Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm.
Sunday mornings from 9-11am.
What to wear: wetsuit (ideally a winter wetsuit at the beginning of the season for extra warmth) with swimming costume underneath, wetsuit boots and Club swim hat and swim goggles.
In addition, all Nippers will be asked to where a ‘hi-vis’ Club vest over their wetsuit in the sea during their session. When the session is finished any Nipper wishing to remain in the sea can only do so with parental consent and must remove their vest.
Winter – November to April – Wadebridge Pool
Nippers learn various pool skills throughout the season and training sessions are focused on preparing them to compete in the Cornish and National Stillwater competitions if they wish. Events include swim, board and manikin races, both individual and team.
Sunday afternoons from 3.30-4.30pm.
What to wear: swimming costume (Club ones are available), swim hat, goggles and fins.
During the pool season we also arrange two to three visits to Plymouth Life Centre to train in the 50m pool there. This gives Nippers the opportunity to practise dive starts and perform their pool skills over the longer distance required in the National competitions.