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Nippers is a great way for kids to not only to learn how to identify dangers on the beach and in the surf but also how to stay safe when they are at the beach. Nippers are the lifesavers of the future.

What is nippers

The minimum age for a child to join nippers is 5 years (U6) up to a maximum of 13 years (U14). The age for the season is determined as of midnight on the 30 September at the commencement of that season.

Nipper Sundays: Start:   730am - 930 U8s-U13s

U6/7s Green Caps Start:   8am - 930am

U14s: Mentor the youunger children

These sessions are all dependent on water safety, weather conditions, program, etc, with a break over the Christmas holidays.


Nipper events include wades, board paddling, swimming, beach sprints and beach flags.

Our "Greenies" (U6s and U7s) focus on fun and games on the beach which teach the children basic skills and awareness of where to swim and what help is available from the lifesavers.

U8 - U14 Nippers can also compete in local carnivals several times during the season and we encourage children to do so (to test their skills in a new beach environment and enjoy representing their team) but this is not compulsory.

All of our Nipper Age Managers, Water Safety and Coaches, are all volunteers and are extremely qualified lifesavers themselves, so they teach based on their experiences across patrolling, competing and just enjoying the surf. 


Assistance is always required with the beach set-up and pack down and the fundraising BBQ, which is manned by the parents of a different age group each week.

Welcome to 2024/2025 Alex SLSC Nipper Season

Nippers for the 2024/2025 Season is open for registration with the first day being 29th September.



Mandatory Uniform:  Alex Togs, High Vis Vest, Noddy Cap (Coloured for age group)

Bring:  Hat, Goggles, Water bottle, towel.

SERIOUS SUNSCREEN - 50+ invisible zinc/Surf Mud or Natural Glamour over Zinc on face.   Nivea Sport or similar 50+ to body.    Do not underestimate the water reflection - All nippers must wear suitable sunscreen.

In this first few weeks Nippers will be participating in Ocean Swims during Nipper Sundays.  Don't stress about these, many children may be nervous and we will work with them to get through.  Under 9+ MUST be attending pool swimming regularly to enjoy and be able to make the most out of nippers.  Parents are welcome to use the cans within the patrolled area to experience the feeling for themselves but should not enter the water where the nippers are training unless they have a Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze and are registered on the water safety register.

Not yet a member?

We only accept online applications

Nippers for the 2024/2025 Season is open for registration

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