Nipper training takes the form of general fitness training which includes both beach and ocean sessions.
The land-based training is fast paced and fun, including sprints, long run, relays and flags. Ocean-based training includes swimming, boogie and bodyboarding and Malibu board (once 10 years old or ready). Nippers also gain practical and theoretical skills such as general first aid and signals.
Sunday training 10.00am -12.00pm
Nipper training takes place at Llandudno beach every Sunday in season. Training may be moved to Hout Bay Beach when Llandudno has unfavourable sea conditions. Please arrive early at the clubhouse to sign in and grab your skull cap (blue, green or red dependant on age group). Important information and instruction is provided before training commences. Help is most appreciated and encouraged in carrying the craft up and down to the beach. Training ends at 12.00pm. Before you make your way up to the changing rooms, all Nippers must sign out, hand their skull cap in and ask in any help is needed regarding craft away.
We encourage parents to remain on the beach or at the clubhouse during training. This is a great opportunity to get to know the Llandudno lifesaving family and learn more about the club. The club bar and/or café will be open for refreshments and sustenance.
Wednesday training – 5.30 – 7pm (5 – 6.30pm in winter)
Training on a Wednesday is for those Nippers who are keen and ready to compete in the various competitions. The training focuses on intense fitness and technical training. These sessions are not compulsory, but we encourage all our competing Nippers to attend and/or those eager to increase their fitness and knowledge. On some occasions, the training may take place at Hout Bay Beach, due to unfavourable sea conditions.
Nippers take a short break for Christmas but resume early January to ensure readiness as the final competitions approach.
Safety rules for training sessions
STAY with your group – let your coach know if you are going anywhere
LISTEN to coaches & lifeguards / safety officers
TRY everything, but don’t be afraid to ask questions if you feel unsure
WEAR your skullcaps for sea visibility
CRAFT is respected
FLAGS are there to indicate where to swim (between the red & yellow flags)
SIGNAL FOR HELP – one arm raised straight above your head (do not panic, stay calm)