Parent involvement

Nippers is volunteer-run!  Our parents often have just as much fun as our kids.  The more help we can get, the better our program will be. 

If you wish to actively help with Nipper activities on the beach, you’ll need to either do the Age Manager course (short!) or hold a current Bronze Medallion.  You’ll also need to provide us with your Working With Children Check (WWCC) which you can apply for here

You’re always welcome to assist with: 

  • Beach set up
  • Beach pack up 
  • BBQ
  • Covid Marshal

Age Manager and Age Assistant:

  • Our Age Managers lead their group each week on the beach.   For those in U6 and U7, we are keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming qualified. You will be guided and mentored along the way. 
  • Age Assistants are just that!  We need plenty of parents to help with activities on the beach  and to provide Age Managers with any admin assistance.  

To become an Age Manager or Age Assistant, you need to do two short online courses: the 'SLSA Child Safe Awareness' first and then the ‘Age Manager’ course, and provide the Club with your WWCC number (apply here). You will then receive a yellow 'Bronte' cap marked with 'Age Assistant'.

To do the online courses:

  • Log in to your SLS Members Area Account
  • Click on e-Learning
  • Click on Training Library
  • Click on SLS – Age Managers
  • Click on the course: SLS - Child Safe Awareness (previously Safeguarding course)
  • Once the above course is complete, click on the course: SLS – Age Managers 
  • In relation to the Age Manager Course only:
    • Send the Certificate of Completion to nippers@brontesurfclub.com.au
    • Print and complete this 'SLSA Age Managers Competency' document by assisting at 2 Nippers sessions, arranging for your Age Manager to sign it off, and submitting it to the office for final signatures from the 'Age Manager Mentor' (3rd party) and submission to SLS Sydney Branch.

Age Manager proficiency: to maintain your Age Manager qualification, you need to complete the above every 5 years.

Water Safety

All water safety must hold a current Bronze Medallion.  Check here for details of the next course and here for skills maintenance sessions! 

Officials

We need plenty of officials to help run our Club Champs and assist at Carnivals!

If your child competes at Carnivals, you will be expected to volunteer as an Official or as Water Safety. 

The officials course is a (short) online course, followed by practical experience at a Carnival:

  • Register with the Australian Sports Commission as a Lifesaving Official and complete the required modules (Sportaus Learning Portal). Email certificates of completion to nippers@brontesurfclub.com.au.
  • Log into your SLS Members Area Account
  • Click on e-Learning
  • Click on Training Library
  • Click on SLS – Officiating
  • Click on SLS – Technical Official.  There is an upfront fee of $60 that Bronte will reimburse.  
  • Email nippers@brontesurfclub.com.au:
    • With your Working with Children Check number (WWCC);
    • With all certificates of completion; and
    • To arrange practical experience and assessment at an upcoming Carnival.

SLSA Technical Official FAQ Sheet

SLSA Technical Official Assessment Papers