Swim Proficiency 2017/2018 season.

Many of the activities that children participate in at nippers are conducted in open water, to ensure that all children have suitable swimming ability every junior member is required to complete a swim proficiency evaluation.

Every junior member is required to participate in this evaluation prior to any water-based activities being undertaken.

For U6 and U7 proficiency evaluations are completed on the first days of nippers

For U8 – U14 pool proficiency evaluations are completed on the specified registration days. Junior competition evaluations are completed in the first few weeks of normal nippers activity.

Proficiency Requirements

Under 6

From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide and recover to a secure position. Perform a back or front float holding a buoyancy aid and recover to a secure position.

Under 7

From a standing position in waist deep water perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position. Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover to a secure position.

Pool Swim Proficiency

Age Group

Attempt Distance

Minimum to be achieved

Float Time Required

Under 8

25m

25m any stroke

1 minute

Under 9

200m

25m any stroke

1 minute

Under 10

200m

25m freestyle

1.5 minute

Under 11

200m

50m freestyle

2 minute

Under 12

200m

100m freestyle

2 minute

Under 13

200m

150m freestyle

3 minute

Under 14

200m

200m freestyle

3 minute


It is required that all children attempt the longer distance shown, so that it can be determined if additional attention in the surf is required.

Junior competition evaluations

From the Under 8 age group juniors can begin to compete in intra-club, inter-club and branch competition, while from the Under 9 age group juniors can participate in state competition.

To ensure that all junior members have the ability, strength and fitness standard to complete the courses they must be able to complete the junior competition evaluation for their age group.

Junior competition evaluations will be conducted after pool proficiency evaluations have been completed and held in the first few weeks of normal nippers activity.

Any competitor wishing to compete at carnivals (water or beach events) must have successfully completed:

Junior Preliminary Evaluation

Junior Competition Evaluation

Appropriate Surf Education award for their age group by 31 December 2017