Bilgola Nippers and COVID-19 in 2021/22

While Nippers is all about fun, competition and participation at the beach, the safety of our families is our primary concern at Bilgola SLSC. And due to COVID-19, we are tailoring our Juniors program this year to ensure that your family’s safety is maintained.

Bilgola SLSC is a COVID safe organisation and we have a Nippers specific COVID Safety Plan in accordance with Surf Life Saving NSW and Northern Beaches SLS Branch recommendations.

How will Nippers run this year?

Our COVID MottoKeep safe, have fun and head home!
We are asking all parents to comply with this directive from NSW Sport, avoiding spending additional time at the beach or clubhouse outside of your Nippers session where possible.

Pre-Register / QR code for Nippers Sessions to aid Counting Attendees / Contact Tracing:
Due to our intermittent phone service at the beach, all parents are strongly encouraged to Pre-Register on the below link with all details by 6pm Saturday, BEFORE Sunday’s Nippers Session.

A QR code will be available to use on entry to beach if not pre-registered as well as manual sheets. Your group’s AM will also have this on hand.
Nippers are recorded via attendance sheets based on latest registration lists that we obtain from the SLS system as per normal.

To ensure the program can operate in our current COVID climate, we have a new structure to the Sunday Nippers schedule.

Two Sessions:
Session 1 – U6-U9 plus 2021 SRC (14)
0745am                    Assemble/attendance/briefing.
0800-0900am           Session 1
0900-0915am           Depart

Session 2 – U10-U13
0915am                            Assemble/attendance/briefing
0930-1030 or 1045am      Session 2
1045-1100am                   Depart

Social Distancing:
Nippers – are not required to social distance whilst on the beach.  If SRC – in “theory” training inside, they will need to adhere to 1 person per 4m2

Parents/Caregivers – Parents must socially distance themselves whilst on the beach (1.5m apart).  Maximum one parent per Nipper per age group at this stage.

Between Age Groups: Age groups will assemble for attendance/roll call/briefing in designated areas as marked and as per the map below.  There will also be a conditions based schedule for events each morning to avoid too many in pool/water or other events and keep us all at safe distances.

Bilgola SLSC Nippers COVID Beach Map | Bilgola SLSC

Assisting the Nippers:
This season, only AGE Managers/Assistants and qualified Water safety members will be able to support the delivery of Nippers.
To ensure that our Nippers are kept safe both in the water and on the beach, we encourage members to become an Age Manager and/or do your Bronze!! We NEED you especially now!!
If interested to find out more, please contact (Age Management) and/or (BM).

Nippers Age groups
This season, all Nippers to be in their actual age groups to facilitate accurate record keeping/numbers/processing and contact tracing.

Equipment Cleaning:
Age Managers/Assistants only to take out equipment required for groups and these will be cleaned at the end of each session.

At present, the BBQ will not be running but as the season progresses, we are looking at ways to provide this in the current climate.

Shower Access:
No shower access at this current time.

COVID Officer:
Our Nippers COVID Officer is Sanjay Gnanadickham who will be present at all Nippers sessions and identifiable by wearing a lovely “high vis” vest!

Keeping us all safe:
We are asking all parents/caregivers to support us to meet Government requirements and stay COVID-safe by:

  • Staying at home if you or your child have any COVID-19 symptoms or are unwell.
  • Report to the Juniors Officer (Karen Perry) or Club President (Peter Fenley) as soon as possible if after having attended a Nippers session, you have been advised you have been in contact or have COVID-19.
  • Pre-registering by Saturday for all Nippers sessions to avoid mingling/line ups on day.
  • Ordering your Nipper’s uniforms online – Bilgola Uniform online
  • Bringing your own sunscreen, water bottles, goggles and towels to avoid sharing
  • Using the  contactless Hand sanitation stations as provided during Nippers.
  • Consider downloading the Federal Government’s COVID-safe App (speeds up contact tracing thus helping to support and protect you, your friends and family).

We are committed to keeping all members of the club safe, and appreciate and thank you for your understanding and support . As Government restrictions change, we will update and refine our program accordingly.

Further resources/reference material:
Resources / Reference Material:

Bilgola SLSC Nippers COVID Safety Plan:

SLS Northern Beaches COVID updates:
NSW health COVID news and updates:
NSW Health public COVID-19 Clinics and free COVID-19 GP Respiratory Clinics in NSW: Recommend testing if someone has a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath and meets the current testing criteria.
eLearning SLSA Course: COVID-19: What It Is, How to Prevent Spread online awareness course (Est. Duration 5-7 minutes) created by SLSA eLearning provider eTrain
eLearning Course created in partnership by The NSW Department of Health and Aspen Medical: COVID-19 infection control training (Est. Duration 30 minutes)

Looking forward to seeing you all at the beach!