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.
Nippers runs most Sunday mornings for just over 2 hours, from 7.45am - 10.00am depending 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.
Registrations for the 2020 / 2021 Season will open on-line from the 1st August 2020.
Due to COVID-19 and associated restrictions, we cannot yet advise when nippers will start.
We will post all updates here as we receive them.
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.