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 but is no substitute for swimming lessons. If your child is not an established and confident swimmer we strongly encourage you to enrol them in swimming 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 high visibility rash vest (pink or green) to engage in the program. If you do not yet have one please see our merchandise team any Saturday before your session.
Please meet downstairs at the designated start time for the program as shown below. Children are asked to sit behind the flag designating their age group.
Nippers are divided into age groups, ranging from Under 6s through to Under 14s. 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 5s 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 5s program must stay with their children and participate in the program with their children at ALL times. To register your Under 5s you must complete a hard copy membership form for your child and provide this to any of the membership team.
Age managers are responsible for developing our Nippers into future lifesavers and to provide a supportive environment in which they can learn.
Age managers must:
be a member of the Club
have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC)
complete the Safeguarding Children training course
complete the appropriate LSV Age Manager course and accreditation