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    Hi, DSS and DSD have been doing it for 4 years.

    There is familiarisation, confidence and skills.
    There are "tests" of swimming, body boarding, beach sprints, dolphin-diving, spotting a rip, wave watch, safety, life saving skills, and games.
    DSS hated it (and anything to do with water incl baths and showers) until last year and now loves it.
    DSD always loved it.

    ETA: nah not cliquey at all.

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    I think the cliqueyness would depend on the beach/club. I was considering 4 different clubs for nippers and I can tell you now that one would definitely have been a bit snooty, however this one would also be the most organised. I also think if you have started at a young age then you probably become friends with those people over time and that can make people sometimes appear cliquey but it's just that they are friends.

    I think you can get your children used to the beach just by going yourself. We live 5 mins from the beach and we go all the time.

    My kids were 6 and 4 years old in this pic. They got body boards for Christmas last year.

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    Kids must be 5 to join.

    My eldest will do it again this year, at a different club. We didn't feel we 'clicked' with our first club.

    My DH works away, and I had our bub with me most weeks on my own. I helped out as much as I could, but my son certainly wasn't excluded because I couldn't help out.

    When they went in the water adults would wade out to waist deep and the kids had to stay in front of them.

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    Thanks ladies. We missed the cut off this year but we are probably moving anyway so it wouldn't have worked.

    But next year, definitely I think we will. You've all sold me and I know it would be an awesome thing to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissusMac View Post
    Kids must be 5 to join.
    DSS was 3 and DSD turning 5...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DT75 View Post
    DSS was 3 and DSD turning 5...
    Oh really? Maybe it's a state by state thing. Everything I've seen here in NSW for various clubs was they had to be 5 for the start of the season, so I assumed it was a SLS rule, not a club rule. But I guess that's not the case

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissusMac View Post
    Oh really? Maybe it's a state by state thing. Everything I've seen here in NSW for various clubs was they had to be 5 for the start of the season, so I assumed it was a SLS rule, not a club rule. But I guess that's not the case
    I think it's a club rule. My local club in Sydney do u/5's but other clubs in Sydney that I looked at don't. ImageUploadedByThe Bub Hub1443475781.608035.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I think it's a club rule. My local club in Sydney do u/5's but other clubs in Sydney that I looked at don't. Attachment 74028
    Is that down at Brighton? Wow! I wouldn't have ever thought of them as having a nippers program (coz it's not a surf beach).. We are kind of local to there but I just assumed we'd have to go to one of the Cronulla clubs..

    Good to know!...

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    Is that down at Brighton? Wow! I wouldn't have ever thought of them as having a nippers program (coz it's not a surf beach).. We are kind of local to there but I just assumed we'd have to go to one of the Cronulla clubs..

    Good to know!...
    Yes. They also do it at Ramsgate.

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    Also, Brighton is already full this year except for u/5's


 

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