Nipper Swim Proficiency Information – 2021 / 2022 Season

COVID Restrictions

Please keep updated on our proficiency swim dates by liking our Facebook page. At this stage no date has been set to complete the swim proficiencies. We anticipate the proficiencies will be held at Charlestown pool prior to the season commencing (season start date estimated to be the first week of December 2021).

It is possible to have your child’s accredited swim coach assess and carry out an independent pool proficiency swim. Please print a copy of this form and have the swim coach complete it. Email the completed form to nippers.registrar@dixonparkslsc.com.au

Where possible, please try to get your nipper to practice the proficiency swims during the off season! We encourage our nippers to swim per the carnival requirements. Although not compulsory, we would love to see our amazing nippers participating at carnivals this season. They are a great experience for your nipper and a great way to bond with the nipper community and represent Dixon Park SLSC!!

Proficiency Requirements

Before any participation in water activities on Sunday mornings, all Nippers must complete the Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment (pool proficiency)  per their age group guidelines.

Parents should remember that Dixon Park Nippers is not a learn to swim program.

There are two levels of proficiency:

Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment (Pool Proficiency) - This is compulsory and is the minimum requirement for all Nippers

Junior Competition Skills Assessment - This is compulsory for all Nippers that wish to participate at carnivals and includes a timed pool swim and an ocean swim

At Dixon Park we do encourage our U9 to U14 Nippers to complete the Junior Competition Skills Assessment. If this proficiency isn’t achieved the Nipper must achieve the minimum requirements of the Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment.

The proficiency requirements are outlined in detail below.

Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment (Pool Proficiency)

Every Nipper member is required to complete this evaluation prior to participating in any junior water activity or competition being undertaking.

Pool Proficiencies for 2021/22 season (U8’s to U14’s):

Venue:   Charlestown Swim Centre, Dickinson Street, Charlestown

Dates:    To be confirmed. Check back on this page and our Facebook page for updates

Under 6 and Under 7 pool proficiencies will be held at Merewether Baths during the first few weeks of the season.

The Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment (pool proficiency) will be conducted by Club officials.

Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment Requirements

Pool Swim

Under 6

From a standing position in waste deep water perform a front glide and recover to a secure position, &
Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position

Under 7

From a standing position in waste deep water perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position, &
Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position

Under 8

25 metre swim (any stroke) & 1 minute survival float

Under 9

25 metre swim (any stroke) & 1 minute survival float

Under 10

25 metre swim (Freestyle) & 1 1/2 minute survival float

Under 11

50 metre swim (Freestyle) & 2 minute survival float

Under 12

100 metre swim (Freestyle) & 2 minute survival float

Under 13

150 metre swim (Freestyle) & 3 minute survival float

Under 14

200 metre swim in less than 5 minutes (Freestyle) & 3 minute survival float

Junior Competition Skills Assessment

All Nippers wanting to participate in carnivals MUST complete the Junior Competition Skills Assessment before they can participate in either water or beach events.

U8’s are only required to complete the Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment as noted above. Note - U8's are likely to be excluded from carnivals for the 2021/22 season 

U9 to U14’s the Junior Competition Skills Assessment includes a timed pool swim and ocean swim

Ocean Swim

Ocean Proficiency dates - To Be Advised and will be conducted during the season at Dixon Park.

Pink Hi-Vis singlet must be worn when completing the ocean swim. Nippers without a Hi-Vis singlet will not be permitted to enter the water.

Pool Swim

Under 8

Timed Pool Swim - Nil (Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment required only)
Ocean Swim - Nil (Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment required only)

Under 9

Timed Pool Swim - 100m in <4 mins
Ocean Swim - 150m open water swim

Under 10

Timed Pool Swim - 100m in <3 mins
Ocean Swim - 150m open water swim

Under 11

Timed Pool Swim - 200m in <6 mins
Ocean Swim - 288m open water swim

Under 12

Timed Pool Swim - 200m in <5 mins
Ocean Swim - 288m open water swim

Under 13

Timed Pool Swim - 200m in <5 mins
Ocean Swim - 288m open water swim

Under 14

Timed Pool Swim - 200m in <5 mins
Ocean Swim - 288m open water swim