We are thoroughly looking forward to seeing your children at the beach this summer for their Surf Life Saving training - hopefully in some lovely sunshine!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish a very warm welcome to our new members and their families.
This email contains important information regarding your child's training. Please take a couple of minutes to read through all of it, and make note of the times and dates.
Our 2016 Nipper Training will again be based around the SLSGB Nipper Level Award system. Depending on their level of achievement last year, your children will be in a Nipper Level Group numbered between 1 and 4. I will send confirmation of your child's group in a separate email.
Training will be held on all Sundays in June, July and September. 13 weeks in total.
On 5.6.16, our first training session will run from 2.45-4.30pm, then on all subsequent Sundays, Nipper Training will be between 3 and 4:30pm.
Please could all parents make themselves available for a few minutes at the beginning of the first session on 5th June.
BSLSC continually encourages and expects high attendance rates at nipper training, to maximise the benefits for our members, to show respect to all the volunteers that work hard to provide the training and safety cover, and also to be fair to those that may be waiting for a training space.
This year, to try and make our awarding system more efficient and allow for more time in the water, we will be holding Nipper Level Assessment days, for those who would like to be assessed and are ready for it. These will take place on 17.7.16 and 18.9.16.
All our Coaches, Parent Helpers and Lifeguards very kindly volunteer their time and enthusiasm to train your children in what is a particularly challenging environment. Please support by ensuring that your child turns up fit and prepared to train. Please do not increase the challenge by expecting trainers to deal with children who are too tired, injured or too unwell, to train.
Bearing in mind that the beach is an exposed and unpredictable environment, please ensure your child is as prepared as possible by:
- Arriving early!
- Ensuring they have had adequate food and water throughout the morning, prior to training.
- Wearing a well fitting, full length wetsuit.
- Applying sun cream to exposed skin.
BSLSC expects parents (or a named guardian - please inform your child's trainer before the session starts) to remain on the beach throughout their child's training session, and also prompt collection of children at the end of training.
It is imperative that your child signs out at the end of their session - please support by ensuring they do so.
Values – two essential values for being a lifeguard, teamwork and respect, are central to our training. Alongside the SLSGB Awards and Club Champs etc, we hope that all the children will develop these values to a high level during training with us. We hope (expect!) that all parents will support us in this. One way of doing so is by becoming a valued member of the BSLSC team, if you have not already done so. More information will follow on how you can contribute, to keep your/your child's club thriving.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.