We just signed up one of the kids to the Redcliffe SLSC Nippers program, SLSC stands for Surf Life Saving Club in case you didn’t know.
One of the brides friends bring their kids to the club every Sunday and they were talking about it and so it seems a great idea.
It runs from September through to March and the only requirement and commitment you make is to get down to the club on a Sunday morning every week unless there is carnivals on.
It seems like a great idea for me as I can sit under a tree typing on the laptop with the beach in front of me while she runs in and out of the sand and sea for 3 or so hours.
So last week we headed off to sign up for nippers.
If you are sending your kids to nippers make sure you allow a little time to do so as there are plenty of forms to fill in and they have to also sit a minimum requirement test which is a run, swim, run format.
They just do the run, swim, and run to make sure your child is capable of swimming at least a little as most of the activities obviously will be water based.
A parent has to sign up with their child so you have to fill in two enrolment forms, a blue card form and a main registration form too.
After these have been done it is onto the sizing of the rashy and the cap.
All of this will take about 2 hours or so and make sure you have your wallet on you not only for payment but for the couple of types of id that is required too.
I’m guessing they have to be very safe in what they do as it is children based, hence the adult signing on at the same time and the blue card register too.
So after lining up multiple times, lots of writing, doing the test and getting the new rash shirt and finally paying we are here and on the first day in.
We were up at 6.30am for breakfast and in the car by 7.20am and on the way to Redcliffe for an 8am start.
Parking was easy that early and we got one pretty much as close as you can get to the clubhouse.
They take their drinks and towel bags with them as they go around doing the different activities and it lasts for about 3 hours in total.
This extensive time in the sun and exercise will come into play later on and reward you with a quiet Sunday afternoon household all going well (Extra Note : This didn’t happen, as noisy and full of beans as ever).
The activities involve lots of running, running in and out of the water, swimming and also a bit of paddling on boards too, so they learn a lot and I’d say by listening they enjoy it immensely too.
So if your looking for a great Sunday activity for the kids and don’t mind hanging out on the beach for a few hours in the morning, get on down to Redcliffe SLSC and sign the little ones up for the nippers program.
The age groups start from Under 7 through to Under 14 so as the rest of our kids come through I’m sure we will be joining them up too.
Just so you are prepared too, they have continuous sausage sizzles running and a coffee van there too, so there is this constant smell of coffee and snags drifting past for the whole morning, this certainly will test your will power more than the kids ever will.
Redcliffe SLSC nippers program here in Brisbane, a great place to spend Sunday mornings.