Austi Nipper Reps lead the way for the club!

A big congratulations to 3 Austi Nippers that represented the club at the Sydney Water Surf Series. The club is hoping to increase the opportunities for interested Nippers to compete against other surf clubs. The Club thanks Christian King for organising and managing the Austi Nipper Reps at this event. Well Done: Audrey King (competing in the U9 girls surf race and board race): Ashton Mekisic (competing in the U10 boys surf race and board race): Chloe Mekisic (competing in the U11 girls surf race).

We Need You!

Austinmer Surf Life Saving club has a long and proud history; however we now need more patrolling members to join the club to help with keeping our beautiful beach safe. Patrols occur on Sundays, and public holidays, from late September to April. Patrols normally go for 4 to 4 ½ hours, either morning or afternoon. The number of patrols a season for an individual is usually between 10 and 16. If a patrolling member cannot make his or her patrol a reserve can normally be found.

To help increase patrolling numbers Austinmer Surf life Saving Club is running a Bronze Medallion course over the weekend of the 25th to 27 October. This is the entry level qualification to become a patrolling member at any surf lifesaving club. The course will run on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. It will involve both taught and practical elements, including undertaking rescues in both the pools and on the beach. More information on the Bronze Medallion is provided below. This course will be run at the Austinmer Surf lifesaving clubhouse, there is no cost for this course plus we will feed you. On completion of this course and when you start patrolling you will be provided with the ‘very dapper’ lifesaving uniform.

Before candidates can undertake any of the ocean activities they will need to complete an unaided swim of 400 m in nine minutes or less. That is approximately eight lengths of the pools at the beach. Both Corrimal public pool and the University of Wollongong public pool are heated and good locations to practice before the swim assessment. This is a great way to increase your fitness and strength. Also, before the course starts candidates will need to join the Austinmer Surf Life Saving club and complete online modules.

We would love to have you as part of the team. If you are interested in becoming a patrolling member and undertaking your Bronze Medallion could you please email and he can provide more information and register you for the course.

We look forward to seeing you

Austinmer Lifesaving Club Committee.

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.