Important Things

Mission Statement

The Junior competition area will encourage a focus of inclusion, participation, development of Lifesaving skills and associatedcompetencies, whilst fostering fun, teamwork, self-confidence and beach safety.

General Information

Carnivals are big days out but are great fun for Nippers and parents.

Jeff Collins and his team of coaches run carnival training for Nippers wishing to go to carnivals. At carnivals nippers are able to use their beach and water skills in competition-based activities that they have learnt during Carnival training sessions. Our Club’s emphasis is on competing to the best of one’s ability and not winning at all costs. We work on praise and encouragement, and do not tolerate ‘ugly parent syndrome’.

We need more ‘Carnival Kids’

To be involved in carnivals you must be a registered member of PESLSC and be in U9s or older, have a parent willing to drive you to, and support you at the carnivals.

You need a ‘Have a go attitude’ and be willing to have lots of fun! You must also complete a timed ocean swim but don’t worry if you can’t do it the first time, you will still be able to compete in beach events and we can help you throughout the season.

Benefits of competing at Carnivals

For children

Personal growth – kids can improve their skills and gain moreconfidence

Friendships – they become part of a team and get to mix with a great group of kids

Identity – the kids get to represent their club and community

They develop pride in the club and the club is proud of them

For parents

We become a friendship group, learn new skills ourselves and enjoy watching our kids compete and become friends with other great kids.

Carnival Training

Carnival training is run by SLSA Endorsed level 1  & 2 Coaches and Nippers competing at carnivals are expected to attend at least one session a week (it’s ok if you miss a session or two).

Saturdays – 1pm – 3pm

Thursdays – 5pm – 6pm

For safety, high visibility tops must be worn during the sessions.  These can be purchased for around $20 at the Carnivals.

The coaches appreciate any parent help at the sessions.

What will your child do at Carnivals?

Children participating in Carnivals compete in Individual and Team events. Depending on their Age Group Level, generally children will compete in a range of beach and water events including:

Wade relay
Board relay
Cameron Relay
Surf team
Iron person
Beach relay
March Past
Competition selection process & criteria
Carnivals are NOT just for the more experienced or adept kids. There are beach events and water events, so it caters for everyone (not just elite swimmers!).
To compete at Carnivals in beach events (sprints, flags),children must be able to complete a run/swim/run course specific to their age level.
To compete at Carnivals in water events, children need to have obtained their ‘Red Patch’, indicating that they have successfully completed a specific swimming distance in the ocean within a time limit (distance & time vary for each age group – see below for more details).
We will help your child gain their ‘Red Patch’.
If your child is interested in competing at any time this season, please talk to one of the coaches or your Age Group Leader.

The Carnival Day

Carnivals are usually held on Sundays.  Events start at 8:30am but we aim to arrive by 7:30am so we have enough time to get organised. They usually conclude by 3pm.

Each age-group level will have 2 leaders (someone’s parent) assigned to it and they need to ensure the kids have a drink bottle, hat, goggles, towel, and long sleeved shirt in the age group tub ready for their first event.

The first event is the “March Past” and whoever is there first and organised usually goes in it, we will make sure everyone who wants a turn gets a turn. Events follow a set program, usually one event per hour.

In the event of the forecasted temperature for the Sunday is 37 degrees or higher at 9am on the Thursday before the Carnival we will not attend.

Parent Involvement

It is a requirement that parents accompany their kids toCarnivals.  We generally find that once there, parents want to get involved because it is just a fantastic atmosphere and you will enjoy your day.  There is always a job for everyone, no experience necessary but you will need a police clearance form on record.

Upon arriving everyone is expected to pitch in and help put up and take down tents, transport gear, supervise children (each age group needs a person to be responsible for ensuring that they are marshalled for their events at the right time and place), organise March Past Uniforms and age group caps/uniforms, make sure our officials and water cover people are ok or perhaps keeping an eye on the kids while others are busy fulfilling their duties, etc.

Each club has to provide officials and water cover. If you have your Bronze Medallion you can do water cover too!

The Uniform

Club bathers and a high visibility top are required for Carnivals but other bathers and a high visibility top are ok for training. It is also SLSA policy that all competitors arrive at events wearing a hat and long sleeved shirt (they will be excluded if this is not followed).

Our March Past uniform is provided for our competitors by the club and are handed out to children competing in the March Past on the day.

All other club merchandise is available for purchase at the Surf Life Saving Clubrooms, which is open on Saturdays from 1pm.

What to bring to a Carnival

At Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club, we adopt a Sun Smart policy. Children should bring the following items (clearly labeled with their name):

Club Bathers and high visibility top
Beach towel and thongs
Shorts or tracksuit pants
Long-sleeved shirt or rashy
Wide Brimmed Hat
Goggles for swimming events
Warm top (windcheater) – particularly if it’s a cold day
Plenty of Water Bottles with name on it
Food and plenty of snacks  – the kids eat heaps at a carnival
LOTS of energy

Food is always provided for sale at the carnival by the hosting club, but it isalways a good idea to have plenty of snacks on hand.

State Championship weekend

It has become something of a tradition that every year at State Junior Championships (‘States’) we all get together and stay overnight at a venue closest to the competition beach.

This year will be slightly different because PESLSC is going to be the host of this State Championships.

We ask that each family contributes $25 which is used to purchase our PESLSC Flying Fish tattoos for States, and our famous jelly and shaving cream fights after States on Sunday. We also like to get a little thank you gift for our fantastic coaches which is presented on Nippers Presentation Day, so if you could give your contribution to the Carnival leader before then, it would be appreciated.

Junior Carnival Dates

Sun 23rd November 2014 Carnival 1 Somerton
Sun 14th December 2014 Carnival 2 North Haven (PESLSC not attending this carnival as a team)
Sun 18th January 2015 Carnival 3 Semaphore
Sun 8th February 2015 Carnival 4 Normanville
Sat 14th March 2015 Junior Qualifying Carnival Port Noarlunga
Sat 21st and Sun 22nd March 2015 SA Junior State Championships Port Elliot

At the Qualifying Carnival, events are held to determine who will qualify to compete at the Junior State Championships. This may include events like flags and board rescue.  To compete at Junior State Championships a small fee of about $25 will be charged to reimburse charges from Surf Life Saving South Australia.

Team Selection for Junior State Championship

Core Values

Participation Competency
Preference will be given to those juniors who:
Attend at least (40%) of Carnival training
Achieve age appropriate competencies as endorsed by SLSA
Have a positive “Can Do” attitude.
Teams for Junior State Championships will be selected by a Junior Selection Committee comprising of Head of Junior Coaching and Senior Coach

Interclub Carnivals

Selection of teams for entry in interclub carnivals shall be at the discretion of the appropriate Age Group Manager.Age Group Leaders reserve the right to alter teams on the day depending on conditions.

Juniors Code of Conduct

Have fun
Be a good sport
Be prepared and willing to learn
Do your best and be proud of your efforts
No bullying or teasing
Look after each other on the beach and in the surf
No bad language
Encourage and congratulate each other
Look after and respect equipment
Treat others as you would like to be treated