Parent Volunteers

Cronulla Crays Nippers is run entirely by volunteers

We encourage all parents of nippers to get involved in the club.  There are a number of ways to do this

Cronulla Crays is serious about water safety. We operate all activities (Sunday Nippers, Carnivals and Training) in accordance with SLSNSW Standard Operating Procedure 15.22.  Surf Life Saving Australia sets strict ratios for water safety to nippers – 1:5 for proficient nippers, 1:1 for non-proficient nippers.  We need high-level parent support for water safety.

What does all that mean?  Well for every 5 nippers in the water we need 1 water safety on a board or with a rescue tube in the water.  So if we have 30 nippers doing a swim we need 6 water safety in the water.   

If you are a non-proficient parent with no SLSA SCR or Bronze Medallion awards you are not allowed in the water near the nippers.  This has to be strictly adhered to as an accident or injury caused to oneself or another person by a non-proficient parent is not covered under SLSA insurance policies and you may be personally liable.  

If the above ratios of water safety to nippers are not meet the club is not allowed to put the nippers in the water.


1. Water safety

We need you! The Water Safety Team is made up of Nipper parents who have volunteered to undertake this very important role. We can never have too many water safety personnel and it is a fantastic way to be directly involved in nipper activities and carnivals.

Water safety wears the orange shirts and caps and ensure the safety of nippers in the water.

  • Current SRC (Surf Rescue Certificate)
    • Training course which combines theory and practical, covering knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness
    • Free for nipper parents and run by Cronulla SLSC trainers
    • Generally held over a few weeks, including weeknights and weekends
  • Cronulla SLSC full membership for insurance purposes (min $80)
  • Water safety uniform – provided as required
  • Meet annual SRC proficiency requirements or annual proficiency for your relevant award

Would you like to become a member of the Cronulla Crays Water Safety Team?

When do you help?
There is no requirement to do a set amount of hours or sessions as water safety. Help when you can at:
  • Sunday nippers
  • Nippers board and water training sessions
  • Carnivals – only if your child(ren) attends. At carnivals, water safety usually have the opportunity to nominate the water area (age group) they’d like to work in, ensuring you are where your child is
More information



2. Officials

During the season there are many carnivals run for u8-u14 nippers (optional). Cronulla Crays Nippers is generally required to provide officials at these events. In particular, the Cronulla Carnival, Sydney Water, Bate Bay 4-Way, Branch Championships and State Championships. Officials are those people responsible for the conduct of surf sports events. Officiating roles include referees, starters, judges, recorders, and marshals across all of the surf sports disciplines (flags, sprints, surf race, board etc).

Officials accreditation comes in three levels (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3). New officials will need to complete a Level 1 Officials accreditation.

  • Level One Officials qualification, a part-day training course
    • Courses are free for nipper parents and advertised throughout the year
    • Depending on the carnival, uniforms may be provided
  • Cronulla SLSC full membership for insurance purposes  (min $80)
When do you help?
  • At carnivals
  • Officials have the opportunity to nominate age group areas and roles they would like to officiate in, ensuring you are where your child is
More information: Chairperson, Officials Coordinator



3. IRB crew

Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB) have a key role in ensuring the safety of our nippers in the water.  Our dedicated IRB crew are water safety qualified, as well as having undertaken specific IRB training.
  • Current Bronze Medallion (see water safety crew info)
  • IRB crewperson training course
  • Cronulla  SLSC full membership for insurance purposes  (min $80)
  • Water safety uniform, life jackets and gear – provided as required
When do you help?
There is no requirement to do a set amount of hours or sessions as IRB crew. Help when you can at:
  • Sunday Nippers
  • Some Nippers board and water training session
  • Carnivals – only if your child(ren) attends
More information:  IRB coordinator



4. General help on Sundays

All parents can help by:
  • Lending a hand to your age managers and assistants  with activities
  • Assisting with setup, packup and BBQ duty when your age group is rostered on – this is an expectation of all nipper parents
  • Join Cronulla SLSC as general member, at a minimum, to be covered by insurance
  • Complete a Member Protection form



5. Age managers and assistants

Every age group is run by age managers and assistants, typically parents from the age group. Age managers and assistants lead the age group each week, running activities, educating and coaching the nippers.
  • Age Manager Award – which involves a training course (online or face-to-face) and some practical assessment
  • Cronulla SLSC general member at a minimum
  • It’s a good idea for Age Managers to have their bronze medallion, but not essential. There are also optional coaching accreditations available
  • Age managers and assistants are provided with a shirt
When you help?
Age managers and assistants:
  • Run their age group each Sunday
  • Communicate with their age group, in person and via email, on all nipper matters
  • Attend carnivals, coordinating nipper and teams
  • Contribute to Cronulla Nippers team selections, development camp selections and other areas as required



6. Committee, coaching and support role

Cronulla Crays Nippers is run by a committee of volunteer mums and dads, and supported by a range of non-committee helpers including admin support, coaches, social organisers and more.
Recruitment for these roles is done in the lead up to the Nipper AGM (usually April – May), so watch out for notices and talk to any of the current committee if you are interested.