Nippers Info for 19/20 Season

It’s going to start getting warmer soon… so that means Nippers is approaching. The first Nippers is on the 20th October!!

For all information on Austinmer Nippers please take a look at our website:

and join our Facebook group (Austinmer Nippers – The ORCAS):*F

The committee registrars have worked hard to make the registration process as painless as possible; however, the SLSA site can be a bit clunky (so get a strong coffee before you start).

Please start the registration process with the registration checklist on our website:

Don’t forget that you must also register at the SLSA website. Unfortunately, you need to register on both SLSA and Austinmer SLSC sites:

We have some great Age Managers that coach and lead the groups each session; but we can always do with more. If you are interested in helping out as an Age Manager or Assistant Age Manager please contact Murray

Uniform items can be collected from the Clubhouse Friday September 20th (4:00-6:00) and Sunday morning September (9-10 pm). Remember these sessions are for uniform purchase and pick up – registration must be done online.

There will also be an Age Managers, Assistant Age Managers and Helpers meeting in the Clubhouse 6:00pm Friday September 20th. 

We hope to see you on the beach for a fun season of Nippers at Austinmer. 

Austi Nippers Committee

Club Presentation Afternoon

Saturday 29th June 2019 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Awards include : Best Patrol, Best Patrol Member, Best All Round Member, Best Senior Member, Encouragement Award, 100% Patrol Attendance and Surf Life Saving Awards.



Nippers activity days are held every second Sunday starting at 9 am, running for 1.5 to 2 hours (Starts 21 October). Rain and wind doesn’t stop us – only thunder and lightning. There will be 5 sessions before Christmas and 5 in the new year.

Each child and one parent must be registered.  Please complete both the Registration Checklist and register each person on the SLS web site.  The checklist will guide you through the process.  You can find it on-line at

All nippers MUST be wearing an official club cap and pink high visibility 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.

From Under 8 upwards children are required to do a swimming proficiency test and a survival float. This will be held Saturday 20th October 12:30-1:30 at Northern starts HEATED pool (9 Watts Lane, Russell Vale ​NSW 2517: or 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 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. PLEASE get involved, we have vacancies on the committee and always need age managers assistants. We would love to have you on-board. 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.

The BBQ is our main 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 requested to help out. Enough parents are needed to provide two shifts.

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 to leave early, to go to the toilet etc.

Nippers who complete their surf rescue certificates and bronze medallion training (U14 & U 15’s) are requested 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.

Uniform items and member protection forms and id (where needed: if you did not do this last year) can be collected and handed in from the Club House September 30th Sept (9:30-10:30), Friday 19 Oct (4-6 pm) and Sunday 14th Oct (9:30-10:30 am).

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.

Please join our private Facebook page: Austinmer Nippers – The ORCAS

More information is available on the club website:

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

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

We look forward to seeing you on beautiful Austi beach.

A big thank you

Dear Austinmer Surf Club,

I have two reasons for being in touch

:First I would like to thank the Club for saving my life, along with my three sisters in the summer of

1940, to the best of my recollection.

Secondly to tell you what a great life I have had as an encouragement for the Club to keep up its excellent work.

The circumstances were that I turned up unconscious by the sea water rock pool and could not be resuscitated and therefor admitted to Bulli Hospital and put in an iron lung where I finally came round.

I just want to thank the Club for the good life I have had as a result of the then members’ efforts. I am now 83 years old, and my wife and I have just celebrated 60 years of marriage with our three lovely children and grandchildren. Wouldn’t have happened without intervention by the life savers.

Best wishes to all members sincerely,

J. David Deane

P.S. I am very grateful members saved my life all those years ago and hope the memory encourages members to keep up their good work.

Vale – John Davies

It is with deep regret that we record the loss of our oldest life member John Davies who passed away on the 2 October 2017 – his 88th birthday.

John originally joined the club during the 1983/84 season and was a continuous member of the club for a total of thirty-five seasons. John held numerous positions during his long tenure with the club among them being Secretary, Publicity Officer, Instructor, Gear Steward, Radio Officer and Branch Delegate. John also served for a total of thirteen seasons on the club’s Management Committee. John was a member of the Best Patrol during the 1984/85 and 1985/86 seasons and as a member of the club’s building committee for the construction of the new clubhouse was a joint recipient for the award of Best Senior Member for the 1991/92 season.

John will be best remembered for his tireless activities as the club’s unofficial caretaker. Whenever there was a task to be performed John was always the first to put his hand up. The club premises, gear and equipment were always kept in pristine condition during John’s involvement with the club. John also accompanied the club’s competitors to carnivals and was always a member of the support crew for Austinmer SLSC at local, state and national titles. Another of John’s activities at carnivals was in the keeping of meticulous records of the various club members successes. These records are of significant benefit to the club and have been referred to on many occasions.

Our sincere condolences to John’s family and friends.

Ian Foreman
Registrar – Austinmer SLSC