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the nippers of today

Are the life savers of tomorrow

Nippers is a junior development program that introduces children aged five to 14 to surf life saving. It’s a fun outdoors activity that uses the beach as a classroom to grow a child’s confidence, knowledge and skills in the beach environment. Not only will your child have fun and meet new friends, they will become part of an iconic organisation that has served the Australian community for over 100 years. Graduation from Nippers takes place in the U14 age group, with attainment of a Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) and ultimately, joining a Patrol Team.

Nipper Program and Awards

Surf Play (U6 – U7)

The key focus is on play, participation and fun in order to develop confidence in the beach environment.

Surf Aware Award (U8 – U9)

Recognize when they or someone else is in trouble and how to get help as well as being able to recognize hazardous surf conditions.

Surf Safe Award (U10 – U11)

Perform basic life saving skills. Learn how to perform basic first aid, CPR and identify a rip.

Surf Smart Award (U12 – U13)

Recognise an at-risk person and manage first aid patients. Learn about the role of patrols and managing rips to assist in rescues.

Surf Rescue Certificate (U14)

Gain Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) which allows the recipient to take part in beach patrols. For many, this means joining patrols with parents or older siblings.


A program designed to develop skills needed to be a qualified Surf Life Saver. Participants gain various other awards and learn many facets of community service involvement.

Surf Rescue Board

Parent Involvement

Nippers also offers lots of opportunities for parents to get involved with their child’s activities and/or with their local Club. You might enjoy just being there to support and encourage your child but if you do want to be actively involved, there’s plenty of ways to do so. You might like to assist the Age Managers with the activities your child is undertaking (or even become an Age Manager), take on a Water Safety role, become a coach or official, help with fundraising, cook the BBQ or even join the Senior Club.


An age manager is a member of the Club who takes responsibility for the instruction, care, safety, well-being and development of a particular age group throughout the season. They use their experience and passion for youth development to mentor Nippers and facilitate fun learning programs that encourage and develop young life savers. Their goal is to enrich the lives of Nippers through the delivery of surf life saving knowledge and skills in a fun and safe aquatic environment. Depending on the size of the group of juniors that Age Managers work with, there may be support from an assistant or other qualified coach/trainer who can teach specific skills.


All Age Managers have participated in the Age Managers Course and Member Screening – Working with Children Check (WWCC). We encourage all parents to join as members and take on the role of an Age Manager (or even get involved as a patrolling member).


If you’re interested in becoming an age manager, get in contact with our Junior Club Captain here.

red book

The 'red book' is the bible for all things Nipper related for the current season.

Find out about carnival dates, proficiency requirements, committee members/age managers, awards and recognition.

Junior Surf Sports

Strive for Your Best

A great way for Nippers to stay fit and increase their skill level, while also being a proud representative of their Club.

Junior Development

Rewarding Commitment

The Junior Development Program is designed to gradually introduce a child to the role of a qualified Surf Life Saver and assist in patrolling the beaches.


We're always looking for members to assist with Junior fundraising efforts. Help your club and socialise at the same time.

Funds are raised through a number of avenues including raffles at the Seaview Tavern and the Sunday Nippers BBQ proudly hosted by the Silver Salties.

child safe

We're committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of All Children and Young People

Our policies and procedures address the potential risks to child safety and help reinforce a child safe culture and practices that are in line with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

active kids

We're an Active Kids provider

Find out how to access two separate vouchers for each school-enrolled child.


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