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Seeking Nipper coaches for 2017/18

I hope some of you will consider taking on a position as a Nipper coach this coming season. We donít expect new coaches to instinctively know what to do - the club will be providing comprehensive training to build skills and confidence. Anyone whoís been a junior coach will tell you that the personal rewards can be enormous.

This letter provides more information. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries that you may have.

Seeking missing Nipper boards

Last season was fantastic with over 200 nippers attending training, carnivals and the Surf Ed programs. We are looking to improve all programs in many ways.

Unfortunately, one of our major issues, particularly at training and during Surf Ed, is the lack of equipment, specifically boards.† An audit of fibreglass and foam boards shows that there are at least 6 foamies missing, and a large number of damaged fibreglass and foam boards.

I believe it will be hard to justify more board funding by the committe when we havenít shown that we can look after and care for the boards that we have.† Obviously the cost of repairs will detract from the funds available for new boards, which ultimately means fewer boards for the kids to use.

My aim is to have as many kids in the water on boards as possible at any given time, not waiting on the beach.

Please, if anyone has a club board can you arrange to return it to the club and notify Brendon, Simon or myself so it can be added to the list.† If anyone would like to discuss any of the above issues please contact me.


Darren Ball

BASC Swim sessions and assessments in August

We're running some swim sessions, combined with Preliminary Swim Skill Assessments (a requirement for Nippers intending to do surf sport this season). They will take place on Sundays 6, 13, 20 and 27 August at 11am at Bellarine Aquatic Swim Centre in Ocean Grove.

Memberships for 2017/18 open on 1 August 2017. For new families considering joining with Nippers participating in surf sport this season, you are welcome to attend one of these swim session, to ensure that your nipper passes the assessment, and perhaps chat with club members before joining up.

For more info:

Nippers swim sessions August 2017


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