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Nippers is a fun way for children aged 5 to Under 14 to enjoy the beach in a safe environment. The Junior Development Program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will give them a pathway to becoming a fully rounded participant in both lifesaving and sport.

Nippers includes the Junior Development Program which is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach, while participating in lessons that will provide them with a pathway to become a qualified surf lifesaver and a junior competitor (surf sport). Competition plays an important role in helping to strengthen and develop the skills of surf lifesavers. 


2023/2024 Club Captains

Through a process of speeches etc. at the end of their Surf Rescue Certificate course, our Club Captains are voted in by their fellow age members.


Evaluations -
Basic swimming and fitness skills

Nippers doesn’t teach kids how to swim. In fact, kids wanting to do Nippers must first pass some preliminary evaluations to ensure they have the basic skills needed to progress with Nippers.

There are different evaluations for each Age Group, which nippers need to do as a pre-requisite to commencing activity in the ocean. The 3-step evaluation process will look at basic swimming and fitness skills for pool swimming, ocean swimming and competition. happy nippers

Click here to see the evaluation distances for each age group. If you didn’t make it to Sign On Day please have the Pool Swim Proficiency Form signed by an accredited swim coach or assessor.

****Please note: All nippers are required to complete a pool swim before they can participate in any nipper activities; there are no exceptions to this requirement. ****

Beach and competition evaluations will be carried out on the first day your child attends nippers.

****All Nippers from U8 will have to complete a beach competency test before being allowed to participate in the Nipper Programme.****


Blue Card Application

All lifesaving club members 18 years or over are required to hold a Blue Card. This is proof that you have been screened for suitability for working with children.

The card is issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian and is essential for anyone involved in nipper activities. Please ensure you have formal identification with you such as a driver’s license, passport or birth certificate and a credit/debit card or Medicare card for this application.

Current blue cards must be renewed every two years. If you have a current card please check the expiry date. Renewals can take a few weeks so if it is due in the next month or two please complete a renewal form. You will need to show identification at the administration office for this application.


2023/2024 Season Fees

Nipper’s fees for the 2023/2024 Season can be paid online when renewing or on the day at the club for new registrations. Surf Lifesaving Australia requires at least one (1) parent to be an Associate Member of the club.

Please contact the club office for assistance. 


1st Child & Associate Parent:


2nd Child: $150

Family: (3+) & Associate Parent: $460

Associate Nipper Parent:
$50 single, $90 couple


Incl. Nippers Cap (new members)
High Visibility Vest


It is a requirement for at least 1 parent/guardian to be an Associate Member for your child to participate in Junior Activities.

Associate Members must fill out a Blue Card form.

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