Being a Nipper is about having fun whilst learning surf education and surf skills. Although there is a level of healthy competition to the carnivals and championship days, our emphasis is on participation and learning. Parents play a very important role in the mechanics of the club. Firstly, all the Age Managers are volunteers and give their time freely to help kids learn. Secondly, we count on parents to assist in the water and on the beach each and every week.
Whether you’re a parent that is volunteering, helping or just watching your kids, there’s a certain amount of responsibility that we count on you to uphold:
- I will never yell or raise my voice at another child
- If I have a problem or complaint, I will raise it first with the age manager or chairperson of the club
- I won’t pressure my child in any way – I know that this is for their enjoyment, not mine.
- I will not use bad language, nor will I harass children, age managers, officials or other parents.
- I will encourage my child to compete within the rules and respect officials’ and age managers’ decisions – no matter what.
- I will teach my child to respect the efforts of their competitors.
- I will remember that children learn best by example so I will applaud good performances by both my child’s squad and their competitors.
- I will give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort.
- At carnivals, I will never approach an official, I will always go to the age manager first
- I will focus on my child’s efforts and performance – not the competition results.
- I will ensure that my child only participates and competes in their correct age group.
- I will thank the age managers, officials and other volunteers who give their time to conduct the competition for my child.
- I will help when asked by an age manager or official.
- I won’t criticise or ridicule my child’s performance after the competition.
- I will not arrive at the beach intoxicated or drink alcohol outside of the licensed areas of the Club.
- I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants, regardless of their gender, ability or cultural background.