Nippers

Every parent wants their child to lead a happy, healthy and active youth. There is no better place for this than introducing your child to surf lifesaving and 'Nippers'.

Nippers is a junior program that introduces children aged 6 to 13 to surf lifesaving, and teaches lessons and skills allowing them to continue in lifesaving and sport as they grow older.

Nippers is based around the SLSA Junior Development Program which is tailored to each of the age groups, ensuring the content is relevant, consistent with lifesaving, and surf sports’ most up to date training standards.  Importantly, it's fun! The program is based on participation not assessment and is conducted over summer on Sunday mornings – with a break over the Christmas period.

Nippers are placed into age groups – each age group with a specific coloured cap -   coordinated by an Age Group Manager.

Depending on the weather and surf conditions, a full range of exercises and activities is provided for all ages. Children are encouraged to participate in all activities; however no child will be forced to do any activity they are not confident with. Sunday morning activities normally include:

  • Warm Up
  • Water arena (swimming, surf awareness and boards)
  • Beach arena (flags, sprints, relays)
  • Team games and activities (ball games and activities to facilitate fitness)
  • Education (theory, basic surf lifesaving knowledge and first aid)

 Nippers are Australian for life. Are your kids?

If you are interested on becoming a member please go the the Membership & Fees page.

 Sunday morning activities commence at 8.45am and conclude at 11.00am.

Attire and Equipment

Children will need swimwear and racing-style bathers are preferred. Swimming goggles and caps may be worn if desired.

Floreat SLSC provides foam and fibreglass boards for use on a Sunday morning. Juniors who compete in interclub events are also encouraged to purchase their own boards.

Swimwear, including rash vests, is available for purchase each Sunday morning at the club. Floreat SLSC adheres to the SLSA sunsmart guidelines and encourages nippers to wear rash vests, hats and sunscreen.

Prerequisites

Whilst we can improve surf swimming and general safety at the beach, Floreat SLSC does not teach children how to swim. Children must be age group proficient in swimming before they can participate in the junior program (refer to Swimming Proficiency).

If additional swimming tuition is required, the club can recommend a number of lessons and training groups so that children may improve their general swimming ability.