Nippers is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment. Any child may join the National Nippers program once they have turned 5 years of age.
This National program is structured specifically to their ages and abilities and gradually teaches kids basic lifesaving skills required to be safe around an aquatic environment as well as developing their skills to compete in surf sports and become patrolling club members.
Nippers provides a broad base of lifesaving activities, If your child is not an established and confident swimmer we strongly encourage you to enroll them in swim lessons at an accredited swim school.
You will be required to sign your children in and out of the program. Sign in sheets will be available at the start of each session in the main hall of the clubrooms.
Children must have a Hi Visibility rash vest (pink or green) to engage in the program. If you do not yet have one please consult our Merchandise team any Saturday before your session.
Please meet upstairs at the designated start time for the program as shown below. Children are asked to sit behind the cone designating their age group.
Nippers are divided into nine official age groups, ranging from Under 6’s (U6) through to Under 14s (U14). The age group is determined by the child’s age at midnight on 30th of September each year. Birth certificates or equivalents must be sighted by the Club at time of registration. Each group is instructed by an accredited Age Manager.
The Under 5's Nipper program is designed to introduce and educate children about water safety and having fun safely in and around the water. Parents wanting to include their child(ren) in the Under 5's program must stay with their children and participate in the program with their children at ALL times.To register your Under 5's you must complete a hard copy membership form for your child and provide this to any of the membership team. Download your paper member registration here
All Age Managers, Assistant Age Managers and other helpers must be:
Members of the Club,
Have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC)
Age Managers must also have completed the appropriate LSV Age Manager course and accreditation.
Below is the link for the Membership and Leadership Development Handbook, please take the time to read through the handbook, it is an excellent guide to Junior Lifesaving Development and the guidelines used to formulate our Nippers program.