Nippers – Information for Parents



Activity days are held every second Sunday starting at 9 am. Rain and wind doesn’t stop us – only thunder and lightning.

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From Under 8 upwards children are required to do a swimming proficiency test and a survival float. This will be held during the first few Nippers sessions. The results of this test indicate the level of supervision that your child requires. To obtain a SLSA certificate at the end of the season, 4 of the first 5 sessions must be attended.

All nippers MUST be wearing an official club cap and high vis singlet to be able to participate. This is a safety rule set out by Surf Lifesaving Australia and must be complied with. NO CAP/HIGH VIS VEST = NO NIPPERS.

To purchase all official Austinmer Surf Club Nipper’s Uniform please follow this form: AUSTI NIPPERS UNIFORMS

To obtain a SLSA certificate at the end of the season, 4 of the first 5 sessions must be attended.

ALL parents are required to help out. The Age Managers need assistance especially with the younger age groups and we need lots of parents to help run the activities. The more parents we have on the beach and in the water the more activities we can organise for the kids.

Some parents and helpers might need the NSW Working With Children Check.  The information provided on the links below will indicate if you need one of these or not.

2019 SLSNSW Working with Children Check FAQs

2019 SLSNSW Working with Children Check Requirements

The BBQ is our only form of fundraising and this is how we raise much needed funds to purchase new equipment and to run activities such as the Christmas Party.  The parents of one age group each week will be rostered to help out. Enough parents are needed to provide two shifts.

ALL under 6 parents are required to stay with their children every activity day for the whole session.

We are always short of water safety officers. If you have your bronze medallion you can help out with water safety. If we don’t have enough water safety people on the day your children may not be able to do surf activities.  We offer courses to train parents to achieve their bronze medallion.

ALL children must be signed off by the age manager before leaving the beach. You must tell your age manager if you take your child off the beach if you need to leave early, to go to the toilet etc.

Age cutoffs is the 30 September of all age groups.

For information about the type of activities each nippers age group will be doing through the season please click on the links below:








Nippers who complete their surf rescue certificates and bronze medallion training (U14 & U 15’s) are required to participate on beach patrols the following season. They will be included on the patrol roster and are expected to attend. It is a great way for young adults to learn some responsibility and contribute to the community. If your child doesn’t want to patrol and give back to the club they won’t be allowed to complete the training programme.

Uniform items can be purchased throughout the season in the clubhouse.

At Christmas time Santa always pays a visit and usually has a big sack full of lolly bags.

There will be a trophy and medal presentation on the last activity day. All nippers receive a medal.


Feel free to approach any of the committee members if you have questions or issues to discuss.

Dear parents of Austi nippers please join our Facebook Community at: Austi Nippers Facebook Community

Nippers is a fun way to develop surf awareness, boost confidence and meet new friends.  We hope that the children will continue on to become active surf lifesavers.

We look forward to seeing you on the beach.