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Every parent wants their child to lead a happy, healthy and active youth. There is no better place for this than in surf lifesaving and nippers. Children and families come together to have fun, make new friends, learn to live healthy and active lives and give to their community.

Nippers is open to all children aged 6-14, however they must be able to swim 25m. 

Nippers runs most Sunday mornings from October to April. Activities begin at 9:30am and conclude with a BBQ for parents and nippers at the club. 

Parents are a vital part of our nippers team, one parent is required to join the club and participate on nipper days. 

Through improving their surf, beach and technical skills, children will also be able to participate in competitions and at a number of surf carnivals throughout the summer.
The skills children will develop may also help them to one day save a life.


Our Nipper Program aims to teach children surf awareness, surf skills, lifesaving skills, competitive and teamwork skills as they progress through the age groups from Under 6’s to Under 14’s.

On nipper days, the children will meet at the Clubhouse ready to start on the beach, wearing sun protection, a high visibility vest and their club caps. At the end of the session caps must be removed, and parents are to collect their children and advise the JAC. This ensures a safe environment for all.

Activities include:

  • Surf safety

  • Flags

  • Wading

  • Surf swimming

  • Running

  • Surfing

  • Rescue & Resuscitation

  • Board paddling



Sun smart is our policy. They will need a fluro pink rash shirt, their nippers cap (this helps water safety keep an eye on your child), and plenty of sunscreen. Please remember to bring a water bottle and towel, swimming googles can also be worn.


Many nippers go on to become Cadet members of the ‘senior club’, partaking in lifesaving and patrolling duties, gaining their Surf Rescue Certificate, perhaps even competing for the club at senior level (Under 15’s and upwards). 


The skills gained in nippers will stick to the soul like sand from the beach and be carried for life.

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