2023/24 Season Registration
Registration for the 2023/2024 season will open in mid August 2023. Please keep an eye on our social media pages and Team App for confirmation of when junior registrations will be accepted.
All registrations must be completed on line for new and returning members. Please follow links below to the SLS Members Area.
Returning members: SLS Members Area.
New members: SLSA Join
Provided below are links to user guides that will assist families with registration difficulties. If you are having problems, please read through these documents before contacting us. We have many enquiries during the registration period and our staff work through them as quickly as possible. If you have sent an email enquiry, please be patient as we attend to the long queues. Please do not call the office, but send an email, if possible with screen shots included showing where you have hit an error or problem. Most issues are related to Family Groups. We suggest you save your SLS Member area log in details in a safe place so you can recall it each season.
RENEWING MEMBERSHIP VIA MEMBERS AREA – Family
How to Join a Surf Club Userguide – Individual V2
How to Join a Surf Club Userguide – Family Group V2
Important Information for new U6 Members
Nippers must be a minimum of 5 years old before 30 September 2022 to join the Nipper program. However, your nipper must also have turned 5 years old BEFORE you register them. If your Nipper turns 5 after the registration cut off, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of their birth certificate and notifying us. You will not be able to register them via the SLS Members Portal until they turn 5.
Status of your application
We do not send emails to confirm registrations. We do however send you emails if there are issues or outstanding items relating to the completion of your registration. If would like to check on the status of your membership application or renewal, please log into the SLS Members area. Please take note of any comments on your record that may have been added which will indicate reasons for delays or items we may be waiting on to complete your application. Please attend to these requests and any emails you have been sent as soon as possible. If our requests are not answered in a timely manner, we will decline your membership application.
If not already a member, please join the Freshie Nippers Team App as this is our core platform for all nipper communications.
Team App: External link
Freshwater SLSC swimwear and accessories are available to purchase via our online store.
We advise purchasing essential items such as Nipper Age Caps and Hi Vis vests in the pre-season purchase period. You can then have all of your essentials on hand and ready to go for the first day.
There are considerable queues to purchase and collect essential items in the early weeks so best to be prepared and turn up ready to have fun!
Jump on line, purchase your items that can be collected from the office or pre-packed for Click and Collect on Sunday mornings in the first weeks.
U6’s & U7’s must wear an age group cap. Hi-vis rash vests are optional but most Freshie Nippers chose to wear one.
U8’s – U14’s must wear an age group cap & hi-vis rash vest.
We have various swimwear options for girls and boys. Freshie Club swimwear is not essential for Sunday nipper activities, but if your nipper plans to compete in carnivals, it is expected that they will wear club branded swimwear to support the team. Nippers competing at Branch and State level carnivals must wear full Freshwater branded uniform.
Nippers that attend water training must purchase a ‘training’ cap which is orange. Please plan ahead and purchase prior to first training session. Nippers will not be permitted to enter the water at training without their cap. Don’t forget your hi-vis for water training too.
Nippers that compete in carnivals must purchase a competition/quarter cap to represent our club. Please plan ahead and ensure your nipper has a competition cap prior to their first carnival. They cannot compete without one.
We are unsure at this date if Active Kids Vouchers will be valid for next season. We are awaiting decisions at State Government Level and advise from SLSA. We will update our website with information as it comes to hand.
If you are renewing on line and plan to use your vouchers, have them handy before you start the process. Every child (4.5 – 18 years old) who has a current Medicare card and is enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 is eligible.
PLEASE NOTE: The vouchers can only be used for online renewals through the members portal. There is a guide here. Active Kids Vouchers cannot be used on Family Bundled Discount Memberships. (If you have already paid your membership fees for the current season, you cannot make a claim for a cash refund of the Kids voucher amount with us after that).
Once your registration has been approved, please request access to the platforms below so you can keep up to date with key dates, events, news items, weather cancellations etc. ALL essential nipper communications are via Team App. If you do not have access to TeamApp, you will miss key information.
Team App: External link
Freshwater Nippers Facebook: External link
How can I help?
We always require parental assistance. Being involved improves your Nipper’s experience as well.
In the early years, U6- U8 parents are welcomed as Age Managers or Assistant Age Managers. These are larger age groups and it is great to get involved on Sunday mornings.
As your nipper enters the U9’s and up, they have the opportunity to train and compete in carnivals if they are competitive. Otherwise regular Nipper Activities always welcome parent assistance. For those parents of competitive Nippers, we require water safety to assist at training and carnivals, officials at carnivals, coaching assistance, and help on the Junior Activities Committee where there are regularly roles that would benefit from more volunteers.
We will be conducting proficiency swims for U8-U12 Nippers prior to the first sessions of Nippers. It is essential you have access to Team App for confirmation of dates and bookings. Swim Proficiencies are essential for your Nipper to progress and participate in the program.
The proficiency swim for U13-U14 Nippers will be held during the first Sunday Nippers. U6-U7 do not need to complete a proficiency swim.
U8 – 25m pool swim – no time limit
U9 & U10 – 200m pool swim – 6 minute limit
U11-U14 – 200m pool swim – 5 minute limit
If you have any other questions in regard to the registration process, email the Secretary – email@example.com