Junior Members and Woodside Nippers

Woodside Nippers Program

Woodside Nippers is a great way to introduce children to all the fun of the beach. Woodside Nippers focuses on fun, participation and play all while learning important lessons in beach and surf awareness.

Catering for children aged 5 to 13 years old, 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, but they will also develop the ability to become a 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 visit our member registration page.


Director of Youth

Sam Maurice

Email: youth@secretharbourslsc.com

Start date for 2021/22 season

Woodside Nippers will commence on Sunday 31 October 2021Please read the SHSLSC Woodside Nippers Season Guide prior to the first day. See you on the clubhouse lawn, ready to sign in! 

Pool Proficiency

All Woodside Nippers 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 your children to swim.

There will be three opportunities at State Swim, Secret Harbour to complete your swimming proficiency before the season begins: 

  • Sunday 12 September, 12-1pm
  • Sunday 17 October, 12-1pm
  • Sunday 31 October, 12-1pm

For children undertaking swim squads or lessons your coach or instructor may be able to sign off your swimming proficiency by downloading the Woodside Nippers Third Party Declaration Form

For Woodside 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 to the age groups.  

Junior Age Groups (2021/22 season)

Age at 1st of October

Age Group   Date of Birth Swimming Requirements
Under 6’s   1/10/2015 – 30/09/2016 From a standing position in waist deep water, perform a front glide and recover to a secure position.
Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position.
Under 7’s   1/10/2014 – 30/09/2015 From a standing position in waist deep water, perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position.
Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover to a secure position.
Under 8’s   1/10/2013 – 30/09/2014

25m swim (any stroke)
1 minute survival float

Under 9’s   1/10/2012 – 30/09/2013 25m swim (any stroke)
1 minute survival float
Under 10’s   1/10/2011 – 30/09/2012 25m swim (freestyle)
1 ½ minute survival float
Under 11’s   1/10/2010 – 30/09/2011 50m swim (freestyle)
2 minute survival float
Under 12’s   1/10/2009 – 30/09/2010 100m swim (freestyle)
2 minute survival float
Under 13’s   1/10/2008 – 30/09/2009 150m swim (freestyle)
3 minute survival float

Caps, Colours and Clothing

Age group coloured caps  and high visibility rashies are compulsory on the beach every Sunday. This allows us to easily identify our Woodside Nippers on the beach and in the water. When you register, you will receive a Woodside Nippers uniform bag including high-vis vest and coloured skull cap (based on age group). Bring this bag to the beach each Sunday and have your child wear the Woodside Nippers high-vis vest over their bathers and/or rashie. You should also bring a towel, sunscreen, full water bottle, goggles (if your child prefers to wear in water), any medications/food if needed and warm clothes if weather is cooler.

For our Under 6’s & Under 7’s, parents are encouraged to write their 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.

For club bathers and other merchandise please visit our club office.

We Need Your Help

We are a rapidly growing and evolving club. We welcome all help offered and there are many ways to volunteer and be involved with Woodside Nippers. Please see our Director of Youth if you have any questions about volunteering. There are many ways you can support our club activities:

  • Assistance with the BBQ
  • Beach set up and pack down
  • Age Group Manager
  • Age Group Coordinator
  • Water Safety Personnel

Water Safety

We need a ratio of one water safety adult to five nippers in the water at all time. If you like being out in the water, you can complete your Woodside Nipper Rescue Certificate, Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion which allows you to provide official water safety at Woodside Nippers.

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.

Age Group Coordinators

Age Group Coordinators will be the go-to person for coordinating your nippers age group with these weekly tasks:

  • Set up and pack down the beach (flags and sprint arena/nipper sign on boards/nipper flags);
  • Signing in late Nippers and making sure the Age Manager knows when a new Nipper has joined the water
  • Communicating with Nipper parents for the nippers in your age group
  • Coordinating the rostered club BBQ, when it’s your age group’s turn (once or twice during the season)


To support our nippers to feel confident and safe on our beach each Sunday, we need you to be near or with your child. In the likelihood that a Nipper parent can’t attend with their child due to unforeseen circumstances, the club requires another parent or guardian who is a member of the club to take their place on the sand.

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 his 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 Woodside Nipper leaders and the Age Group Coordinator.  Take note of the dates your age group will be running the BBQ in the Nipper season guide so you can be there on the day to contribute to the club.    

Junior Club Championships

The Junior Club Championships will be held towards the end of the season, 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 (Under 8’s – Under 13’s) 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 Under 8’s through to Under 13’s and our juniors participate in all the surf disciplines, which include surf race, boards, beach flags and beach sprints and a range of relay events.


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.