NIPPERS

About

The Alex SLSC "Nippers Club" was established on the 14th July 1968 as an initiative by a number of 'old boy' parents of the Club.

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.

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.

Due to COVID-19, our Nipper sessions have changed slightly, but are still run most Sunday mornings.
Session 1: Under 11s - U13s from 7.00am to 9.00am
Session 2: Under 6s - U10s from 8.00am to 10.00am
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.

Join Nippers

Welcome to 2020/2021 Alex SLSC Nipper Season

Nippers for the 2020/2021 Season will commence on Sunday, 27th September 2020 and will run through until early March 2021

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.

We only accept online applications

Question? - please click on 'Frequently ask Question' to find the answer

 

Seahorse Nipper Program

The Seahorse Nipper programs is designed for children with special needs to get the nipper experience. Come along and learn beach and surf skills with qualified lifesavers at Alex. There are typically 4 sessions that run throughout the season on Saturday Mornings for approx. 1 hour. For further details contact the Club Office.