Nippers is a junior activity program run to educate children about surf safety, develop their beach awareness and teach them the skills to competently swim in the ocean. Children aged 5 to 13 years old gain confidence through our Sunday nipper days in a safe beach environment, while meeting new friends, having fun and working towards becoming a future surf lifesaver.
Nipper days are held each Sunday with every age group having an Age Manager with one or two assistants. The Age Manager is responsible for the education, training and organisation of the group.
On club days all children assemble on the grassed area in front of the Clubhouse at 8.15am, 15 minutes before the scheduled commencement time, and be wearing their swimming costumes, cap, sunscreen, optional wet shirt and bring their water bottle.
Age Managers will call a roll call at 8.30am and mark off an attendance sheet before a 15 minute group warm up.
Each age group has a time table to follow alternating between beach and water events. Nippers is about having fun while learning beach safety through technique drills, fitness, theory, games and relays.
At the conclusion of the day’s activities children are again checked off the attendance roll before they leave their group. Activities generally run for 1.5hrs - 2 hrs depending on conditions.
Children are not to leave the Clubhouse or its surrounds until collected by the adult responsible for them.
At least one parent/guardian needs to be on the beach at all times. We recommend to tell the Age Manager where you will be if you are unable to be with the group.
U6 and U7 nippers are required to have one parent/guardian with the group at all times.