Carnivals are held throughout the season from October to March for the Under 8 to 10 and Under 11 to 15 age groups. These nipper carnivals are a chance for nippers to have fun and test their skills competing against other nippers from the Sunshine Coast and QLD in a supportive environment.
Parents are required to complete nominations for their nipper/s here - Carnival Nominations.
Keep an eye out for emails, newsletters, and Team App notifications which contain important dates for the closing of nominations, and carnival bulletins. Most carnival nominations will close three weeks prior to the carnival date.
Carnival dates can be found on our nipper event calendar.
Coolum Nippers will cover the nomination fee for competitors who qualify for State carnival events at Branch carnival. Nippers who wish to compete
at States but have not qualified must pay the relevant nomination fees for each event.
All clubs are required to fulfil ratios for carnival officials and water safety officers depending on the number of children competing across the various age groups. We encourage all parents of nippers who wish to attend carnivals to take up a role to help out.
All clubs must provide 1 official for every 8 nippers nominated. To become an official please see your Age Manager or Nipper committee members for details. More info here - Volunteer Positions.
We must provide 1 water safety volunteer for every 15 nippers nominated. To become a water safety volunteer see your Age Managers or Nipper Committee members for details. More info here - Volunteer Positions.
Carnivals are held on either a Saturday or Sunday and can go from 7.45 am to 3 or 4 pm.
U8 - U10 carnivals are a great way to introduce your nipper into the carnival situation as they are non-competitive and encourage every nipper to participate as much as they like.
U11 - U14 carnivals can be held over one or two days, Saturday and/or Sunday. The emphasis for these carnivals is on competition and skill building in a friendly, fun, and supportive environment.
Arrival time for carnivals is 6.45 am for a 7.45 am start. It is important to arrive on early to allow time to check in with your Age Manager, sign your nipper on, and that your nipper has time to participate in warm-up activities.
Please note - this is particularly important for team events so that the Team Manager can enter the team as per nominations or make adjustments if needed.
Finish time for carnivals can be anywhere from 1 pm to 4 pm. This is dependent upon many factors such as competitor numbers, surf conditions, tide, weather, etc please be prepared for a full day.
If you cannot attend a carnival you have nominated for, you MUST contact your Age Manager or the Team Manager prior to the carnival day to advise by emailing email@example.com or use Team App.
Coolum SLS competition cap and Pink competition rashie will be provided on the day of the carnival and to be returned to the carnival manager as the end of each day.
Important note - You must always bring your competition cap and pink high-vis rashie to carnivals these item are essential. If you don't have them you cannot compete.
Look for the Coolum Beach SLSC marque when you arrive, that is where you will spend the best part of the day with the other families. All nippers are expected to stay under or near our marque as much as possible as Age Managers will collect nippers when marshaling for events.
No responsibility will be taken for nippers missing events because they are not in the club marque area.
Parents are not allowed in the competition area at any time – the competition area will be clearly marked. The Age Managers will look after your child whilst in this area. There are plenty of vantage points to watch your child outside of the competition arena.
In order for your child/children to participate in carnivals at least one parent or older sibling MUST volunteer for one of the following duties for each carnival your child attends. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Each carnival requires:
More information on our volunteer positions.
Nippers must attend at least 50% of Sundays during the season to qualify for attendance at Branch and State carnivals. Nippers must also have completed all aspects of their relevant Age Award (attended education sessions throughout the season).