Carnival Information

Hunter Branch conducts Junior Carnivals during the season for the U9 to U14 age groups. U8s have previously been represented at carnivals, but with COVID restrictions they are now excluded. However, there may be an informal carnival held for U/8s to give them a feel for carnival conditions. 

Due to COVID-19 the carnival information can change without notice. Please refer to Hunter Branch website and SLSNSW website for updated details. Refer to the Dixon Park SLSC Facebook page for updated Carnival information throughout the season.

Carnivals are held as competition between nippers of different surf clubs, culminating with the Branch Junior Championships (U9 to U14) followed by the NSW Junior State Championships (U9 to U14 only).

Surf Sports Policy

If your child is competing for Dixon Park SLSC this season please read the Junior Members Competition Policy carefully.

To be eligible to compete for Dixon Park SLSC the following two eligibility criteria must be met:

1. Education and Proficiency Swims

2. Parent Volunteer Requirement (U9 to U14 competitors)

Eligibility is outlined in the Junior Members Competition Policy (click to access the policy)

Individual Competition Events for Carnivals:

Nippers are able to enter any individual and team event at all Carnivals for which they meet the proficiency requirement - U/8’s: Sprint, Beach Flags, Wade Race, Sprint Relay & Wade Relay - U/9 & U/l0: Sprint, Beach Flags, Sprint Relay, Surf Swim, Board Race, Swim Teams, Board Relay - U/11 and Up: Sprint, Beach Flags, Sprint Relay, Surf Swim, Board Race, Swim Teams, Board Relay, Board Rescue & Cameron.

Club Competition Events for Carnivals:

Surf Teams (U/9 – U/14), Board Rescue Relay (U/10– U/14), Cameron Relay (U/9 – U/14), Beach Relay (U/8 – U/14), Wade relay (U/8s only) and All Age Relays (Beach and Board).

Surf Sports Manual

Parents of Nippers interested in competing in carnivals should check out the Surf Sports manual. This manual give you all the information about the events held at carnivals. 

SLS NSW Surf Sports Manual

Surf Sports Coaching Tips

Carnival Registrations

Registrations for carnivals are taken at the Nippers desk. 

Parent Volunteer Requirement

For nippers to participate at carnivals, Dixon Park must provide carnival officials. We therefore request parents assist the Club by volunteering as a carnival official. The more parents who volunteer the better, as you will not be required to volunteer at every carnival! There is an online course that can be completed at anytime (the cost will be covered by the Club), and an on-the-beach training component at carnivals. Please contact to register your interest.

2021/22 Branch Carnivals 

** All dates and events are subject to change due to COVID-19 **

The Hunter Branch Carnival Calendar can be found by clicking on this link : HSLS Carnival Calendar

Carnival Information and programs can be found here: HSLS Carnival Information


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