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Whilst the focus on the squad is primarily preparation for the state titles in March, the competition squad is not only for those members looking to compete. The aim of the sessions is to further develop fitness, enhance water skills and to have fun. Under 11s’ and below will focus on participation and fitness and the Under 12, 13 and 14 will focus on building skills and fitness each week.

It is important to note that those children who do participate in Comp Squad DO NOT have to compete in competitions. You also do not need to be in the competition Squad to compete, but the extra training will help!

It is a highly recommended to be part of a swimming program.

To participate in carnivals your nipper must have completed their S badge. All junior competition squad members are expected to attend the Sunday Morning Nipper sessions as usual.

It is up to you to decide how many sessions a week you attend but you must complete at least one board and one swim session per week,

Training Times

  • Vary each year, check our the Warrnambool SLSC TeamApp presence for exact times and days

For more information about the nippers program contact the Junior Co-ordinator Email or Contact the Club.



The Nipper Competition Squad – Training Costs are determined each year and typically includes:

  • Weekly training  (typically twice a week)

  • Use of club equipment (including competition boards)

  • Club Uniform – Swim Wear

It (usually) does not include entry to any carnivals. Should your nipper wish to compete, there is an additional cost per event, although we typically offer a “bulk” discount (to save us on administration time!)


The Competition Evaluation is a National pre-requisite to participate in Lifesaving Sport carnivals in Australia.

Below is a list of distances Nippers must attempt in the Competition skills evaluation (S Badge).

If the Nipper can complete the above distance for their age group, they are eligible to compete in all competition events in their age group (excluding State Championships). The Competition Skills Evaluation is mandatory for all age groups (except Under 8s) to compete in any event.

All junior members wishing to compete at the Victorian Junior Championships must complete the relevant Surf Education Award appropriate to their age group prior to close of entries.


NA (this age group only competes in beach and wade events)


Minimum 288m open water swim in 12 minutes


Minimum 288m open water swim in 9 minutes


Minimum 150m open water swim in 12 minutes


Minimum 288m open water swim in 10 minutes


Minimum 150m open water swim in 11 minutes


Minimum 288m open water swim in 9 minutes


Registrations are now open and you’re invited to apply to join our club as we kick off another Nipper season. There are some important changes to our program and the requirements surrounding them which we will communicate through the lead up to the season.

The “signup” process is a considerable burden on both the club and our members, we apologise and ask that you are thorough and methodical when applying.

Additionally the calendar and last years documents haven’t been updated as yet, since you’re keen and already here we have opened the registration pages and we will be sure to let you know once the documents are updated. We will make them available on TeamApp throughout the season regardless.

To become a member of the Warrnambool SLSC you need to:​


  • Obtain your Working With Children Check. All members over 18 MUST hold a WWCC, that means if you turn 18 this season you should also apply for your WWCC now. Many people already hold a WWCC with another organisation. If this is the case you must update your WWCC to include both Life Saving Victoria and Warrnambool SLSC.


If you do not hold a WWCC you must apply for one. 

  • It is compulsory for at least one parent of each nipper to attend one of our information sessions. It is also a requirement that (at least) one parent (with WWCC) make themselves available on a roster to help provide the Nipper program to our children.

  • Complete Preliminary Skills Evaluation. If you are currently having swimming lessons you can print our Swim Evaluation Form and have your swim coach, teacher or a qualified pool lifeguard sign it off.


We will be holding 2 Club Swim evaluations Details to be announced on TeamApp / Facebook These are also the opportunity to find out more about our WSLSC Nipper Program. Ask Age managers, Club officials and other Nipper parents!

  • The Family Membership includes 2x Adults and all children / dependants access to club facilities such as change rooms, club social events and more.

  • You will need to purchase a nipper program pass for each child enrolling in nippers. For families with 2+ children additional nippers are at no extra cost above the two you are already paying for. 


If you register via our website we will send an invoice to your registered email address, payment can be made online, via PayPal, direct credit or by attendance at the club

  • SLSA Registration. You are required to register separately with Surf Life Saving Australia and renew that registration each year. You will automaticly be redirected after checkout through the online store here:

  • Agree to abide by the Warrnambool SLSC Code of Conduct. We promote building our Nipper’s skills to give them confidence and proficiency to enjoy the beach.


We provide an environment for both competition and confidence building activities.

We suggest you read the below Code of Conduct with your nipper.


Nippers Code

As a Warrnambool SLSC Nipper I:

  • Participate in Nippers because I enjoy the sport

  • Always follow the rules and respect the ocean and conditions

  • Am a good sport and control my temper, congratulating all who strive for their best

  • Respect the official’s decisions

  • Treat other competitors as I would like to be treated

  • Aim to have fun and improve my ability

  • Listen to my Age Manager, coach, water safety, team and my nipper mates and act on their advice

  • Respect the equipment, wash it and return after use. Report any damage

  • Understand and appreciate that everyone in the club gives up their own time to help me be the best Junior Life Saver I can be

Parent and Carer Code
As a Warrnambool SLSC Nipper Parent or Carer I commit to:

  • Not making an unwilling child participate in a sport

  • Understanding that my nipper is involved in sport for their enjoyment, not mine

  • Encourage my Nipper to play by the rules

  • Encourage that the effort is as important as the result

  • Work towards improving skills and sportsmanship

  • Recognise and encourage good play or efforts

  • Do not publicly question an official’s decision

  • Recognise and respect the efforts of volunteers (ALL our helpers are volunteers)