About Freshwater Nippers

What is Nippers?

Nippers is an activity-based program run to educate young children about surf safety and awareness when visiting a beach. The nipper program also offers participants the opportunity to meet a new set of friends whilst they are being challenged in activities controlled within a learning environment. The Nipper program is held during the summer period on Sunday mornings.

Freshwater Nippers Registration - Season 2017/18

Registration for New Nippers for the 2017/18 Season will be held at Freshwater Surf Club on Sunday September 10, 2017 -  9am to 12 noon

Registration for Renewing Nippers will be done on-line only. We will contact families from last season via email with more information. Online registrations will open on 1 September and close Midnight Sunday September 25.

The season will commence on Sunday October 15. The season takes a small break over the Christmas/New Year period and finishes in mid-March 2018.

Objectives of the Freshwater Junior Activities Committee:

At Freshwater Nippers our objective is to provide a safe and fun environment for children aged 5 to 13 years to enjoy the surf safely. In a fun and enjoyable environment, with qualified instructors nippers are encouraged to learn about life saving and surf safety. For those nippers interested, the program also introduces the competitive side of Surf Lifesaving. Allowing nippers to use their natural skills in competition at a series of carnivals held throughout the season and to promote fellowship, fair play and enjoyment while learning very valuable lifelong water and surf skills.

Our objectives are:

  • To provide a safe and fun environment for the children to learn about the beach, its unique qualities and surf activities;
  • To teach the children aged 5 to 13 years to enjoy the surf safely;
  • Provide the opportunity for children to improve their surf and beach skills;
  • To train the children for a series of awards under the auspices of the SLSA of Australia’s Board of Junior Development, which covers:
  • 1.       SURF AWARENESS
  • 2.       SURF SKILLS
  • 3.       FIRST AID
  • 4.       RESUSCITATION
  • To encourage those interested, to use their natural skills in competition at a series of carnivals held throughout the season;
  • To prepare the children for entry into the senior club at Freshwater;
  • To promote fellowship, fair play, and enjoyment while learning very valuable lifelong water and surf skills;
  • But above all….to have fun.

The week to week activities of each age group are lead by one or more age managers who are endorsed by the Junior Activities Committee (JAC). The primary role of age managers is to educate our junior members about the surf and surf live saving in a friendly, fun and safe environment.


Nippers Season 2017/18 – A Freshwater SLSC Tradition

The 2017/18 Season marks a continuation of a long and proud tradition of junior activities (nippers) at Freshwater SLSC. This tradition was started at Freshwater by Mr. Raymond Brown OAM over 50 years ago and his legacy grows stronger each year.


Age Groups

In accordance with regulations from Sydney Northern Beaches Branch, a child must have turned 5 prior to 30 September of the year that they are eligible to join Nippers. Children are registered in the age group according to the age of the child on 30 September. For example, if your child is 11 on 30 September, the child will be in the Under 12's.

Age Group Categories

30 SEPT 2017



Under 6


Under 7


Under 8


Under 9


Under 10


Under 11


Under 12


Under 13


Under 14


New to Nippers?

Registration forms will be available for download from 1 September 2017.  Please download the registration form  - one form per child. For insured nipper parent membership, download and complete the registration form. Please bring these forms with you to our registration day, along with a birth certificate or passport for proof of age of each new child commencing nippers, and photo ID for the parent/s. Those transferring from other surf clubs or re-registering with the club from previous years do not need to provide  proof of age documents.



Online forms will be available from 1 September, 2017.   Please refer to the registrations tab.  

For registration enquiries please email Registrar.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the "Nippers" pages/sections of the website, please contact Renee McGettigan.

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