What is Nippers?

Nippers is a program designed to teach children between the ages of 5 and 13 years of age, the fundamentals of surf beach and open water safety.

It is a National Surf Education program structured specifically to the ages and abilities of the children by gradually teaching them basic lifesaving skills required to be safe around an aquatic environment as well as developing their skills to compete in surf sports.

The aim is to develop surf awareness, surf skills and water safety in an environment which is fun, encouraging and SAFE.

Nippers are split into Age group’s from Under 6’s (must be 5 by September 30) to Under 14’s (must be 13 by September).

Each Age Group is run by one or two of our many dedicated Age Managers and their assistants. The Age Managers are assisted by specialist coaches (our volunteer actives) who coach them in the areas of sprints, boards, wading and swimming.

The Program

Our current season comprises of sessions running from the 27th of December for the following two weeks.  Please see our Parent Information page for further information on the following:

Nipper competition

Carnivals and competition are an excellent way of increasing fitness levels, surf skills, competition skills, developing self-esteem and confidence, sportsmanship and social skills as well as being great for building team spirit. All Venus Bay SLSC Nippers who complete their relevant pool swims and run swim run beach proficiency are eligible and welcome to compete at carnivals. (Please refer to the VBSLSC Nipper Parents Handbook and Competition Handbook for details) It is important that all children be allowed to enjoy the friendliness and rewards that competition can bring without feeling pressured. All Venus Bay SLSC Nippers will be offered the opportunity to attend carnivals and compete, provided they have a competent skill level.

NOTE: Competency at the Skills Evaluation Swim as judged by the Junior Coordinator is mandatory for U12 – U14 to compete in ANY event and U9 – U11 for water events only (excluding wade). This is not only a requirement of the Venus Bay SLSC but also of Life Saving Victoria.

Competition includes: Wade, Swim, Board, Sprints, Beach Run, Flags, Aqua Cameron, Iron Person for individuals and teams.

Download the Nipper Competition Handbook here