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.
At Chelsea Longbeach SLSC, we also cater for those younger nippers that are under the age of 5. The Under 5’s nipper program is set up to introduce and educate children about water safety and having fun in and around the water. It should be noted that parents wishing to include their child(ren) in this program must also accompany them on the beach at ALL times.
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.
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
Session starting times for 2016 / 2017 are as follows;