Junior Members and Nippers

Nippers Program

Nippers is a great way to introduce children to all the fun of the beach.

Nippers focuses on fun, participation and play all while learning important lessons in beach and surf awareness.

Catering for children aged 5 – 13 years, Nippers teaches lessons and skills which allow young people to continue in lifesaving and sport as they grow older.

Not only will your child have fun and meet new friends, they will develop the ability to become knowledgeable participant in lifesaving beach patrols as well as a wide range of surf sports.

For information on How to Join and member fees please click here.

Nippers Coordinator

Rebecca Hughes

Email: members@secretharbourslsc.com

Commencement Date

Nippers commences 28th October 2018, running for 8 Sundays up to 16 December which is our Christmas party.  We recommence Sunday 13 January with the awards and wind up celebrations on 24 March. (no nippers Australia Day weekend or long weekend in March)

Pool Proficiency

Nippers from under 8 upwards must complete a swimming proficiency at the start of every season for every nipper.  Please refer below for requirements.  This is a Surf Life Saving requirement as we do NOT TEACH NIPPERS TO SWIM.

There are 2 Opportunities to complete your swimming proficiency:

  • Sunday 16 September 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday 14 October 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

For children undertaking swim squads your coach or instructor may be able to sign off your swimming proficiency by downloading this form  Swimming Proficiency Witness form and returning to the office no later than 22 October 2018.

For Nippers under 10 and upwards who plan to compete at carnivals there is a surf sports competition proficiency swim which will be explained at the commencement of the season.

Under 14’s planning to do their Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) must have passed the swim proficiency prior to the SRC sleep over camp currently scheduled for the weekend of 17/18 November 2018.

Junior Age Groups

Age at 1 October

Age GroupCap ColourDate of BirthSwimming Requirments
DolphinsRed / Blue01/10/12 - 30/09/13n/a
Under 7'sGold / Black01/10/11 - 30/09/12n/a
Under 8'sBlue / White01/10/10 - 30/09/1125 metre swim (any stroke) - 1 minute survival float
Under 9'sRed / White01/10/09 - 30/09/1025 metre swim (any stroke) - 1 minute survival float
Under 10'sPink / Black01/10/08 - 30/09/0925 metre swim (freestyle) - 1.5 minute survival float
Under 11'sYellow01/10/07 - 30/09/0850 metre swim (freestyle) - 2 minute survival float
Under 12'sPurple01/10/06 - 30/09/07100 metre swim (freestyle) - 2 minute survival float
Under 13'sLime / White01/10/05 - 30/09/06150 metre swim (freestyle) - 3 minute survival float

Caps, Colours and Clothing

Age group coloured caps ($15)  and high visibility pink rashies ($15) are compulsory on the beach every Sunday. This allows us to easily identify our young lifesavers on the beach and in the water.

Under 6 & 7 age group parents are encouraged to write your child’s name on the front of their coloured cap so we all know each other.

Each group will have their own age coloured flag identifying their location on the beach.

Each Sunday nippers should apply sun screen and come to the beach prepared with appropriate clothing, towel and water bottle in a bag.

For club bathers and other merchandise please see Merchandise Price List 2018-19.

We Need Your Help

All families are required to assist on Sunday mornings. Their are many ways you can support our club activities:

  • assistance with the BBQ
  • beach set up and pack down
  • age managing
  • supporting the age manager
  • water safety

We are a rapidly growing and evolving club. We welcome all help offered and there are many ways to volunteer and be involved with Nippers. Parents are encouraged to assist in all activities whether they have SLSA awards or not. Please see our Director of Youth if you have any questions regarding this.

Water Safety

If you like being out in the waves you can complete your Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion which leads to being a patrolling member of the club and providing official water safety at nippers, where we need a ratio of one water safety adult to 5 nippers in the water at all time.

Age Managers

Age Managers are the key to a great nipper experience. This can sound like a big job but we aim to have a team of 4 – 6 age managers per age group and there is an excellent week to week program designed by SLSWA which can easily be implemented as you build your skills and experience.  Age Manager training is provided before the start of the season (22 October 2017 from 9am  to midday and a second course will be run over the school holidays (date to be confirmed)

Age Group Coordinators

Age Group Coordinators will be the go to person for coordinating your nippers age group for their turn on:

  • On the club BBQ (as each age group from under 6 to under 14 will be on duty once or twice during the season);
  • to set up and pack down the beach (flags and sprint arena/nipper sign on boards/nipper flags);
  • You will have contact details for all nippers in your age group and be a key person in assisting with group/club communication so messages get through to everyone!


To support our nippers to feel confident and safe on our beach each Sunday, we need you to be near or with your child.

We need help with activities, both in and out of the water, to cheer, clap and encourage every effort made by every child. This will allow your child to become more involved in the sport, to see him or her enjoy and work towards being confident in their water and beach skills and to accept all the challenges that the surf has to offer. It may also help you keep fit, healthy and relaxed.

All Parents will be requested to assist twice a season for your relevant age group and be responsible for beach set up and pack down to allow nippers to run, as well as cook and serving at the canteen.  This will be supported by experienced Nipper leaders and the Age Group Coordinator.  You can choose your role and sign up at Registration/nipper information day, or your name will be assigned to a job.

Junior Club Championships

The Junior Club Championships will be held towards the end of the season on Sunday 24 February 2019, with point’s allocated for places and participation in boards, surf race, beach flags and beach sprint events. All our active juniors in the competition age groups (U/8 – U/13) are encouraged to participate. These points will contribute to the overall tally for age group champions at the end of the season.


Junior Surf Lifesaving carnivals are held throughout the surf season at variety of metropolitan and regional beaches.

The Junior competition age begins in U/8’s through to U/13’s and our juniors participate in all the surf disciplines, which include surf race, boards, beach flag and beach sprints and a range of relay events.

For Nippers under 10 upwards who plan to compete at carnivals there is a competition proficiency swim see (link).


Competition training for both water and beach events is held throughout the season and is focused on developing skills and general fitness.

Every junior is encouraged to have fun and to strive to reach their full potential.  The emphasis is not on winning, but continual improvement of your skills and achieving personal bests

For more information regarding surf sports training please refer – insert link

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