It is vitally important for TBSLSC to ensure their enrolled Nippers are proficient in the surf, to ensure they are:

SURF COMPETENT, SURF CONFIDENT, SURF SAFE

Each year your child/Children must successfully complete their Age Groups Proficiency Level, as outlined below, to allow them to be a Nipper.

Age Group  Preliminary Evaluation  Competition Evaluation  Age Group
Under 6 From a standing position in waist-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
n/a Surf Play 1
Under 7 From a standing position in waist-deep water, perform a front glide,
kick for 3m and recover to a secure position.
Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover to a secure position.
n/a Surf Play 2
Under 8 25m swim (any recognised stroke)
1-minute survival float
Nil (no water competition,
except for wade which takes place
in waist-deep water)
Surf Aware 1
Under 9 25m swim (any recognised stroke)
1 minute survival float
Minimum 150m open water
swim (any recognised stoke)
Surf Aware 2
Under 10 25m swim (any recognised stroke)
1.5 minute survival float
Minimum 150m open water
swim (any recognised stoke)
Surf Safe 1
Under 11 50m swim (any recognised stroke)
2 minute survival float
Minimum 200m open water
swim (any recognised stoke)
Surf Safe 2
Under 12 100m swim (any recognised stroke)
2 minute survival float
Minimum 200m open water
swim (any recognised stoke)
Surf Smart 1
Under 13 150m swim (any recognised stroke)
3 minute survival float
Minimum 200m open water
swim (any recognised stoke)
Surf Smart 2
Under 14 200m swim (any recognised
stroke, in less than 5 minutes)
3 minute survival float
Minimum 200m open water
swim (any recognised stoke)
Surf Rescue Certificate

* Age group determined by age of Nipper at 30th September

** Every junior member is required to participate in this evaluation, conducted by the club, prior to any junior water activity training or competition being undertaken.
Any child that does not meet the required evaluation level will require a higher level of supervision when involved in water-based activities at the discretion of the club.

*** The open water competition evaluation must also be achieved before any members are eligible to compete. Every junior member must achieve the relevant Surf Education Award appropriate to the age group to compete in championships.

**** Every junior member should achieve the relevant Surf Education Award appropriate to their age group.

Recognised (Swim) Stroke Definition:  Recognised swimming/survival strokes (i.e. front crawl, breast stroke, back stroke, side stroke, survival back scull, butterfly) may be demonstrated using one or more combination of strokes.  Both the preliminary and competition evaluations should be undertaken in a continuous fashion.