We are on !

27 Sep 2021

Notification of the NSW roadmap today confirms that Nippers can run for the second half of the season

Dates

The season will run nine sessions from Sunday 23rd January to 20th March.

Can we start earlier?

Sorry, we can't due to logistical requirements that have not yet been lined up (due to non-refundable cost implications).

Timing

We don't know yet; we're waiting on further details. Whether it's 9-11 or 8-9 and 9-10, we can adapt accordingly.

Fees

We will be charging an enrolment fee, but it will be less due to the reduction in sessions.

Bronzies

We have sufficient days for Bronzies to go ahead, however we will need all nine. If you miss a day we haven't any slack to offer a catch-up facility so please be sure that you can make all.

Champs

I do hope we can run champs, you hope we can run champs.. we ALL hope we can run champs.. but this depends on the timing (see above) and we're waiting on detail)

New participants

Again, we're going to have to take that one on notice. It's dependant on the details you see (they're ever so good at headlines.. not so much on details!). Last season the details restricted us having more than 500 on the beach, so we couldn't take new people in and hence it was prior participants only.

Prior participants?

Children who have participated before have guaranteed re-enrolment. Note that we consider families prior participants rather than an individual child (ie. brothers and sisters).

What's the minimum age to bring my new child in?

He or she will have to be Four on 1st January 2020.

Yes, I do realise that by the time the season starts on 23rd January 2021, that every one of those children will be five.. but they will be in the fours group! Don't fight it, but roll with it.. at this point the fives group will all be six years old and the sixes group will all be seven years old, etc.. :)

On the enrolment form, just pop your child's date of birth in accurately and our ZX81 will calculate the date for us and allocate the correct coloured cap!

What about the fives?

Oh you're sharp aren't you?! :) Yes, last year we had half the fours, (due to no new participants, due to the 500 people max. rule) so that means this year we'll only have half the fives (who funnily enough will all be six). So yes, it's one for us to talk about between ourselves. Preferably after a bunch of Negronis as it's a bit boring!

Sharkies

Yes we're running Sharkies. If you have any specific question please ask and I'll direct your query to the awesome Al and Dan

Age Managers - are they okay?

They're in cold storage, but we think these champions will function just fine once we shove a few beers and burgers in them! We'll have a chat with our friends at The Buena and make sure we can renew the hero worship they deserve!

What about enrolment?
With today's information, the Green Crew volunteer team will be Zooming together later this week to consider a few things, then we will advise you when the enrolment window will open.

If you need a recap on how enrolment works, what it is and why it is:

  • As we are permitted 700 spaces on the beach (it's only so big) and are considerably oversubscribed we need a mechanism to manage these places.
  • We have a 10 day enrolment 'window' where families confirm that they wish to participate
    Prior families have guaranteed enrolment
  • Places that are left over (ie. a previous family not wanting to return) are placed in a ballot and allocated to new applicants.
  • Enrolling within the window is essential.
  • It's not unfair; this link explains how unlikely you are to get in, and this link explains the necessity of the enrolment window should you miss it and email requesting an exemption.


When can I go to the pub?

Monday 11th October.. as long as you've had that jab that is - get yours here!


That's it for this afternoon; stay tuned, stay safe and get vaxxed!

:)

Benoît

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First half of the season cancelled

17 Aug 2021

Reviewing the draft legislation restricting gatherings until 22nd Jan, we unfortunately confirm we will not be able to run the first half of the Nippers season (October - December). 

As there is a possibility that this will be pushed out further (preventing us from being able to run at the beginning of next year) we will not be opening the enrolment window.


We will review the situation on the 1st December and will update further then.

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We are delaying opening the enrolment window

12 Jul 2021

We're afraid we will not be opening the enrolment window as planned this weekend.

The main reason is that we don't know what Government safety restrictions will be in place for outdoor community sporting activities, however with this new variant there is a possibility that the restrictions will be different and we will have to modify the program to comply.

We're sorry we can't add any more at this stage; the situation is too fluid so we'll need to go into a holding pattern until we have certainty. With the forecast of lockdown ending at the end of August there is still a chance we'll start in November.

Safety has always been paramount in Nippers and we will fully comply with any directions and recommendations.

Ben

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First day of winter!

01 Jun 2021

Good morning and welcome to the first day of winter!

Over here at Nippers towers, this is when we start to dust off the cobwebs, find the checklists (trying to decipher last year’s handwriting!) and figure out how to waken the hamsters to get the website fired up once more!
So what does the 2021-22 season hold in store for us?
Well, at the moment we expect to run a full season in the usual configuration. That is a 9-10am slot for the main Nippers program, with a 10am slot for The Champs and Sharkies. The clothing store will remain online, and the on-beach electronic registration will continue as last season.
We did look into a start at 8am (or 8:30), but due to clashes with other activities that occur on the beach, staying at 9 makes for a much cleaner separation for everybody.
Our 10 day enrolment window will run from Sun 18 July - Wed 28 July, where previous participants have a guaranteed place and new applications will be entered into a ballot, which will be run by Mon 16 Aug. We will email everyone on our database a number of times nearer the date to remind them to enrol however you NEED TO ENROL DURING THE WINDOW if you want to secure (or apply to secure) a place. We are considerably oversubscribed and this window is how we manage that and allocate the places. (This page will explain the impossible nature of such a task https://www.balmoralnippers.com/why-cant-i-get-a-place/) 
The season will start on 31st October, and if you really like planning out your life that far in advance, will end on 06 Mar.
I hope your heater works, you found your scarf, your Uggs still fit and you appreciate the gorgeous beauty that is Balmoral Beach in the winter with no-one else around…!
- Ben

 

That's a wrap

07 Mar 2021

That's a Wrap!

Well that's it, a whole season completed during a pandemic - fully compliant with restrictions - lots of happy faces and everything working to plan!

I'm quite pleased with that; from being told that it couldn't possibly go ahead, to clarifying restrictions with NSW Health, to being in the Mayor's office agreeing a compromise, to naming all 700 caps - it all actually happened! Bit of Day One thinking, sprinkling of IT magic and there we go!

And of course it's a well done to all of you for all working together, staying within the restrictions and being so flexible.

From all of us at the Green crew, we sincerely hope that your Nippers had a great time and that water confidence has improved as well as enjoyment of the beach on Sunday mornings!

Sadly we can't have end of season speeches (nor Buena sausage sizzle!) due to numbers restrictions however please see below a short message from Tim and Matt from our primary sponsor, Auscap:

Bronzies

Amazing Bronzies attendance and effort in what was a rather challenging season.

All thirty three 2nd Year Bronze Medallion applicants accomplished all tasks - a 100 per cent success rate!

Go the Balmoral Bronzies!

- Stephen

Age Manager awards

Each season the age managers are asked to nominate two children from within their group; for 'Sprit of Nippers' and for 'Most Improved'.

These were all awarded within the age groups on Sunday, and the Bronzies had a seperate prize giving session, complying with Covid restrictions, in the afternoon.

Firstly to the Age Managers, who direct, encourage, excite and nurture their happy pack of kids safety through the water to improve their skills whilst having a great time. These are the ones who change your kids' "I don't want to go to Nippers" at 7am into "is it over, do I have to go home?" Thank you - we all appreciate you to the moon and back (and we're taking care of them in The Buena at a private event next week)

To Stephen for sorting out the Bronzies, improving it further this year, ensuring that they have a prize giving ceremony and that everything runs to clock-work

To Leah and the tent team of Fiona, Gina, Liz, Christina, Gemma and Caroline.

To the Shed team of Phil, Kieran and their boys Jack and Riley

To our sponsors Auscap, Orangetheory, North Shore BMW and The Buena; thank you for your support and hopefully next season we can be more involved.

Rolf for standing by every week, desperately wishing to run the champs, but having to go home sad and champ-less.

Mosman Council who have been very supportive in working with us to find a solution and ensuring that we have what we need.

To others in the team, such as Arabella, James, Becs and Adam to name a few.

To Al and Dan for the idea of the Sharkies All Abilities group, pushing it through, organising and making such a tremendous success of it.

To you lot, for either setting up as we asked, packing away as we asked - particularly keeping the sand off the boards - and for staying out of the Beach Club.

And to me; I organised the thing to happen when told it wasn't possible, ensured the new IT system worked, made some of you laugh at my jokes and was able to keep the council and BBC sufficiently appraised to maintain support and enthusiasm!

Next season

Starts on 31st October, but you will need to re-enrol during our 10 day enrolment window on 19th July. If you have participated in the program previously, you will have a guaranteed place (as long as you have met the attendance requirements for the 20200-21 season).

With the easing of restrictions and the [Bill Gates microchips to improve 5G coverage] that'll be injected into millions of arms between now and October it's a reasonable assumption we can return to a normal program of first hour being normal Nippers, and the second hour being the competitive 'Champs' program - which will be great! As for the start time.. we have your feedback (68% for 8am ) and we'll review with the BBC and Green Crew over the winter before deciding :)

Pros and Cons

You now have 6 months of Sunday mornings back and are probably happy with that fact at this stage.. but what are you going to be doing with them? Running on the beach, swimming in the sea, soaking up all that vitamin D, playing with your children, admiring the stunning view and gorgeous fresh air.. or will you be in bed, scrolling aimlessly through Facebook and The Daily Mail, sipping your third coffee in an hour unsure if you care that Megan said "that" and considering that Harry really shouldn't have worn a beard in his uniform - even if The Queen gave him permission.. and then you suddenly ask yourself are you relaxing or you wasting your Sunday mornings.. and indeed your life? Should you be here, or should you get up? You really should get up.. but your kids are being quiet and you probably should go and see what's up.. but you know peace, quiet, silence. Pah, I'll just get myself another coffee and chill... Ooo look at that, the experts have said Coco is wrong and there'll be an explosive revelation in the show on TV tonight, I think this coffee's gone cold; I'll just get another.

 

Yeah, anyway - have a great "winter" (winter really is wonderful round these parts.. so it's not really a winter to me!), enjoy getting your Sunday mornings back and hope to see you back on the beach next October!

Cheers

Ben & the team

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