Nippers is a fun way for children aged 7 to Under 14 to enjoy the beach in a safe environment. The Nipper 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.
Come along to the information night for all of the details about the upcoming season. This is important for new families and children joining the program. Tuesday 8th November 6pm at the WSLSC Hall.
Preliminary swim is compulsory for all kids undertaking the nipper program to ensure they are competent swimmers. Sunday 27th November at Jason Lamb Splash Factory.
First Nipper Session
The first nipper session for all age groups will be on Friday 9th December 4.30pm.
When does nippers start?
Each year our calendar changes slightly, please see our calendar online. Facebook and Team App will have the most up to date information.
How old do I need to be?
Age groups are determined by your age as of 1st October – see our attached flyer for your age group and beach flag colour. We start our programs at the under 8 level.
Do I need to be a good swimmer?
You don’t need to be a super fish to participate, however some swimming ability makes the program more enjoyable. We teach beach & water safety / skills, please see the attached flyer for our preliminary swim assessments.
Who can sign off on my swim assessment?
Your swim teacher / coach can sign off your swim form (available on our website to download on the Noticeboard Page), otherwise you can attend our swim assessment – see our calendar for details.
My friends are in a different age group, can I change groups?
To help us manage a program safely for several hundred participants we require you to stay in your designated age group. With our welcoming and inclusive environment, it is a great opportunity to meet new friends
What do I wear?
Each session usually includes both water and beach activities. You shall require a nipper skull cap in our club colours and a hi-viz top, we also highly recommend that you come ready to go with your wetsuit over the top of your bathers for our cooler water, windchill and sun protection.
Where can I get club apparel?
All apparel is available online to order and can be picked up Tuesday and Thursday nights after 5pm.
How can mum and dad help, 50 volunteers for every nipper session sounds like a lot.
For those more comfortable in the water you can obtain your bronze medallion, don an orange vest and help in the water – see Facebook for training dates.
If you’re not so comfortable in the water and still want to jump in, you can don a green vest and help out in the shallows. Nippers love seeing a familiar face helping out.
You can help your age manager with beach activities, it is as simple as saying hello to one of our super approachable age managers and ask how you can help.
Or you can help with packing up at the end of the session, which is really simple, quick and easy if everyone grabs something (big or small) on their way off the beach.
At the BBQ we have a roster, simply put your name down to help cook, serve or pack up.
Can I access nipper equipment outside nipper sessions?
No, for safety and longevity of our equipment we are unable to provide access to this equipment from the nipper room. We supply some old boards just inside the ski room for casual use, please return these for others to use
What do I get with my membership?
Your family membership provides your entire family access to the club rooms and facilities including change rooms.
The nipper fee covers 10 nipper sessions and use of equipment during these sessions and a complimentary sausage from the BBQ for your nipper(s) at the end of the session. Extra BBQ food is available for purchase for all others.
What does the competition squad involve?
For those enjoying nippers and wanting to extend their experience into our competition squad, training is offered 3 times a week to develop both fitness and surf skills, with the opportunity to compete at up to 4 junior carnivals. Additional fees are required to cover board hire, a yearly shirt and access to our sport coaching members and carnival entry fees.
For additional information if you have missed our information nights, please download our annual presentation via our website
What happens during a typical nipper session?
Turn up 10 minutes early dressed and ready to go with sunscreen on.
Go to your age flag and sign in with your age manager.
Your typical session will involve beach and water activities and will typically run for 2 hours (dependent on weather conditions).
Each nipper shall be required to sign out and be collected by a parent / guardian at the end of each session.
To become a member and sign up for nippers you will need to follow the instructions below. Please use a computer for best results.
Step 1: Purchase a family membership and add the required amount of nipper passes to the membership via this link: https://wslscstore.com/
Step 2: Once you have paid you will be automatically redirected to SLSA portal to renew your details or create a new account. If you are not automatically redirected please access via this link: https://members.sls.com.au/SLSA_Online/modules/login/index.php
f you need help or have questions please get in touch with Dale at: firstname.lastname@example.org