nipper program

The Nipper program will commence on Sunday the 1st October 2017, and end on Sunday 25th March 2018. A Xmas break up party will be held after a Nippers fun day on Sunday the 10th December 2017, and Nippers will resume on Sunday the 14th January 2018, at 8.15am.

Our objective is to provide Nippers with the opportunity to learn essential surf safety skills in a fun, safe, family friendly environment. Through participation in team and individual, beach and water activities they will develop self-confidence, make new friends and learn the fundamentals of assessing and negotiating beach conditions.

Main activities include: Sprints; Relays; Flags; Wade (shallow water run); Swim; Board Education on: Personal safety; Basic safety practices; The beach Eco environment; Sun Safety; Surf conditions and hazards; Rescue; Patrol; First Aid; CPR; Signs and Signals; Communications


age groups

A nipper must be 5 as at the 1st of October 2017, to participate as an Under 6. The maximum age is 13 as at the 1st of October 2017, to participate as an Under 14. Use the table below to calculate your child's age catagory:

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Age Cap Colours

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This proficiency is to be completed at the beach in the ocean and allows children to participate in water events. If they cannot complete the Beach Evaluation they are limited to knee-depth water activities at the discretion of the Age Manager until they can complete.

Under 6 & 7
No requirement

Under 8
25m run, 25 wade, 25m run

Under 9
50m run, 50 swim, 50m run

Under 10
50m run, 50 swim, 50m run

Under 11
50m run, 100 swim, 50m run

Under 12
50m run, 100 swim, 50m run

Under 13
100m run, 100 swim, 100m run

Under 14
100m run, 100 swim, 100m run

Beach evaluation minimum requirements


Under 6
Kick on wall with face in water / 30 sec survival float

Under 7
Push off wall with face in water / 30 sec survival float

Under 8
25m freestyle / 1 min survival float

Under 9
50m freestyle / 1 minute survival float

Under 10
100m freestyle / 1.5 minute survival float

Under 11
100m freestyle / 2 minute survival float

Under 12
200m freestyle / 2 minute survival float

Under 13
300m freestyle / 3 minute survival float

Under 14
400m freestyle in 9 minutes or less to enter carnivals or 200m freestyle in 5 minutes for non competitive members plus 3 minute survival float

age pool proficiency


This proficiency is to be completed in the ocean so nippers are able to compete at carnivals. Distances as per the surf sport manual

Under 6 & 7
No requirement

Under 8
25m run, 25 wade, 25m run

Under 9
150m swim

Under 10
150m swim

Under 11
288m swim

Under 12
288m swim

Under 13
288m swim

Under 14
288m swim

competition evaluation minimum requirements