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Welcome to Port Fairy Nippers 2014-2015!

This season we’ll again be commencing with “Preliminary Skills Assessment” sessions at Belfast Aquatics (the Port Fairy Pool) on Saturday the 29th of November and Saturday the 6th of December. The assessment is a Life Saving Victoria mandatory requirement for all Age Groups above Under 7’s and enables us to clarify what assistance we need to provide during our sessions at the beach. We’d like as many Nippers as possible to attend one of these two sessions; however it’s also possible to be assessed at the pool out of these session times by arrangement with the pool lifeguards. Nippers from outside of Port Fairy can be assessed by their local swim teachers or pool lifeguards – please contact the club for a form.

The Nippers sessions at East Beach will commence on 14th of December and run through until the 22nd of February. The club is hosting the “Summer Surf Series” on the weekend of the 28/2 and 1/3 which will involve many club members in an organizational capacity; hence Nippers will finish a week earlier than usual this season. As per usual we’ll be running extra “Summer Sessions” in the first 2 weeks of January.

For further information contact Gerard Cashill, 0427 315 307, 


View our full Calendar of Events for 2014-2015 here.


Each session is divided by age groups into:
Junior:  6 - 8 years of age
Middle:  9 - 10 years of age
Senior:   11 – 13 years of age

A child’s age is calculated as at the 30th September 2014  – therefore a child turning 14 in October can still participate as an Under 14 for that Nippers season. An age group manager will take charge of each group.


This season we’re again looking for assistance for both Age Managers on the beach, who assist with taking charge of each group, and water safety personnel (WSP) who assist in the water. It is now a Life Saving Victoria requirement that all WSP be appropriately qualified and as such the club will provide training to any interested parents/relatives/helpers so that we can fulfill the requirement of 1 WSP to every 5 Nippers. As always we welcome assistance from any parents willing to get into the water however we do also encourage you to pursue training through the club so that not only can we meet our water safety requirements but also so that you can obtain a new and potentially lifesaving skill. This season we’ll again be using our coloured fluoro rashies and swim caps to identify qualified WSP and non-qualified helpers. Anyone who is interested in training to be WSP or in being an Age Manager should contact me directly – I hope to run an Age Managers course prior to the commencement of the season. Please note that if we’re unable to meet the required WSP ratios we’ll have to ration the number of Nippers that can be in the water at any given time.


Under LSV regulations all Nippers involved in water based activities must wear a fluoro rashie, so this year we’ll again be selling pink Port Fairy branded long sleeve rashies, which proved such a success on their introduction last year. The fluoro colour makes it easy to identify our Nippers and as fluoro pink is a mandatory requirement for all Nippers competing at carnivals it makes sense for it to be used as our normal rashie as well. We’ll also be selling swim caps in our club colours so that each Nipper will now be responsible for their own rashie and cap. The pink rashies can be worn over wetsuits on colder days and the long sleeves will fulfil the LSV requirement for sun protection of shoulders and arms on the hot days. The popular PFSLSC hoodies, t-shirts and caps will again be available for sale this season.

Visit our Clothing For Sale page.


This year there won’t be a Western Region carnival at Apollo Bay as there has been in recent years, as LSV has merged the Western and Surf Coast regions and consequently there will be one Junior Country West Qualifier to be held at Ocean Grove on February the 7th. At this stage there won’t be a local Nippers session on that weekend.

The Victorian Junior Championships will again be held in Warrnambool over the “Folkie” weekend on 7th and 8th of March. Although having the championships in the local area is a great opportunity last year proved that the “Folkie” weekend is a difficult time for PF locals to be involved in anything other than the festival. The club however encourages all Nippers to consider participating as competitions like these are a great opportunity to test your skills against others as well as to make new friends from the other clubs in our region. Prior to competing, each Nipper needs to complete a ‘Competition Skills Evaluation’ swim which the club will arrange as required. The distance required to swim varies for each age group as per the table below:

  • Under 7   Nil
  • Under 8   Nil - only wading during comps
  • Under 9 & 10  Minimum 150 metres open water swim
  • Under 11, 12, 13,14 Minimum 288 metres open water swim


Learning to use the Nipper boards is a popular part of each Nippers session; however this service depends on the boards being looked after. Please do not sit on the boards on the beach, always carry rather than drag them along the ground, and ensure they are washed down and put away after every use.

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Nippers sessions are not only lots of fun but also a great introduction to the skills required for a surf life saving or bronze medallion certificate, as listed below:

  • Board Paddling
  • Beach Running and Relays
  • Board Rescue
  • Beach Flags
  • Wading
  • Identification of beach hazards
  • Porpoising
  • Basic resuscitation
  • Tube Rescue
  • Sun safety
  • Diving under Waves
  • General fitness and dietary considerations
  • Bodysurfing