Nippers is a junior program that introduces children aged 5 to 13 to surf lifesaving. Nippers is about children participating in safe, fun and organised activities in a beach environment.

Nippers runs from 9:00am – 10:30am Sunday mornings during the surf lifesaving season.

City of Perth SLSC expects the following, as a minimum from all Nippers:

  • Have fun
  • Be a good sport
  • Be prepared and willing to learn
  • Do your best and be proud of your efforts
  • Encourage and congratulate each other
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself
  • Look after the equipment
  • At Carnivals never argue with an official. Have your Age Group Manager approach the Official in the proper manner

If you have any queries about our nipper program contact our team on junioractivites@cityofperthslsc.com.au or contact the office on reception@cityofperthslsc.com.au

Age Group Outcomes and Requirements

Nippers at this age participate in a shortened season.  Run when the water is warmest and oceans smoothest, nippers are introduced to the beach and the surf.  Our focus is introducing the beach as a fun environment that can be enjoyed with their parents supervision.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

Capacity to perform a:

  • From a standing position in waist deep water, perform a front glide and recover to a secure position.
  • A back of front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position.
  • Surf Play One

Nippers at this age are introduced to the beach and surf (when conditions permit).  We raise awareness of general dangers the surf and the marine environment poses. Surf sports skills focus on; wading, dolphin-diving, beach sprint starts and beach flags starts.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

Other Requirements

Capacity to perform a:

  • From a standing position in waist deep water, perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position.
  • Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover.
  • Surf Play Two

Nippers at this age learn to recognise whether they are, or someone else is, in an emergency situation and how to get help. Surf sports skills focus on; bodyboarding, wading, dolphin-diving, beach sprint starts and beach flags starts.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

 

Other Requirements

Capacity to perform a:

  • 25-m swim (any stroke)
  • 1-minute survival float
  • Surf Aware One

For this age group safety steps up a gear by introducing safety tips and the ability to identify hazardous surf conditions. Participants can begin to use a nipper board, so basic board positioning and paddling is introduced. Other surf sports skills focus on body surfing, sand running technique and diving for a beach flag.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

 

Other Requirements

Must be under 9 years old. Capacity to perform a:

  • 25-m swim (any stroke)
  • 1-minute survival float
  • Surf Aware Two

In this age group participants begin learning basic lifesaving skills, including how rip currents work, using body boards to assist someone in the water, and practicing resuscitation skills on a manikin.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

 

Other Requirements

Must be under 10 years old. Capacity to perform a:

  • 25-m swim (freestyle)
  • 1.5-minute survival float
  • Surf Safe One

For Nippers at this age there is a strong focus on recognising ‘at risk’ people and recognising and managing patients suffering from a range of basic first aid cases. Participants can learn how to perform CPR and there is an opportunity to work towards a Resuscitation Certificate. Surf sports skills focus on board dismounts, catching waves on a board, board relay, surf swimming techniques, crouching beach sprint starts and ironman / ironwoman and cameron relay transitions.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites

 

Other Requirements

Must be under 11 years old. Capacity to perform a:

  • 50-m swim (freestyle)
  • 2-minute survival float
  • Surf Safe Two

For Nippers in this age group the role of patrols is introduced, as is the managing rips and using them to assist in rescues. Participants can work towards a Basic Emergency Care Certificate (as well as a Resuscitation Certificate). Board skills come into play as participants learn how to conduct a board rescue. The focus of surf sports skills is to complete all the skills in each skill set and includes; rolling under a wave on a board, diving under large waves, beach sprint arm and leg drive and beach flags race strategies.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites  

Other Requirements

Must be under 12. Capacity to perform a:

  • 100-m swim (freestyle)
  • 2-minute survival float
  • Surf Smart One

This is the last level of the Nippers program and focuses on the importance of communicating with beach users, identifying emergency services and performing tube rescues. Participants can work towards a Basic Emergency Care Certificate (as well as a Resuscitation Certificate). The focus of surf sports skills is on bringing all the skills learnt in previous age groups together to participate in an event for each of the disciplines: board race, board rescue, surf race, run-swim-run, beach sprint, beach relay, beach flags, ironman / ironwoman and cameron relay.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites  

Other Requirements

Must be under 13 years old. Capacity to perform a:

  • 150-m swim (freestyle)
  • 3-minute survival float
  • Surf Smart Two

FAQ’s

Boards

City of Perth SLSC recommends purchasing a board for your nipper.  This will allow them to partake in all nipper board activities.  If you’re new to nippers and not sure about making the investment in a board, the club supplies a limited quantity for use for year groups up to and including Under 10’s, however; this may limit your nippers ability to participate in activities.  From U11’s a limited number of fibreglass boards are available for hire.

U6 – U7

Do not participate in board activities.

U8 – U9

Maximum allowed length is 2.0m.  Boards need to be constructed of foam.  Smaller “trainer boards” offer nippers stability and manouverability but are generally slower.  Longer, thinner boards offer increased speed at the cost of stability.  Longer boards are more suited to nippers who wish to compete in Little Nipper competitions.  Little Nipper competitions only state boards need to be less than 2.0m in length and of foam construction (ie. they do not need to be Surf Life Saving Association approved).

U10

Boards used in U8 and U9 can still be used during City of Perth Sunday nipper sessions.  Should your nipper wish to compete, they will require a SLSA approved board, constructed of foam and no longer than 2.0m.

U11 – U13

From U11’s, nippers transition into fibreglass boards, however, nippers can continue to use foam boards.  Should your child wish to compete, they will require a SLSA approved board.  Maximum length 2.0m.

COSTS

Whilst purchasing a board may seem a large cost, Money can be saved obtaining a good quality secondhand board.  Also consider that when you sell the nipper board, you will get most of the cost back.

Boards are a great investment.  We encourage parents to allow their nipper to use their board outside of nippers, for example, on holidays, trips to the beach/river, mucking around with their friends, even in the backyard swimming pool!  They will become more comfortable on the board and you’ll enjoy seeing them get good use from your investment.

Carnivals

Participation in Carnivals is at the discretion of the nipper/parent.  We like to see nippers participate, try their best and give carnivals a go.  Our focus is not on winning, but on participation, teamwork, fun and building friendships.  The downtime between events allows the nippers to form friendships.

Little Nippers (U8,U9)

Little Nippers are non-competitive carnivals focused on participation and fun.  They are held in sheltered waters and nippers are encouraged to partake in all events.  The day is run quickly to ensure our Little Nippers are off the beach before conditions become unfavourable (too hot or windy).  Little Nippers culminates with the Little Nippers State Championship which does recognise place-getters.

Nipper Carnivals

Nipper carnivals are focused on “giving it a go” plus enabling those who are more competitive to race at the highest level.  Nipper carnivals are for U10 to U13 age groups and culminate in the State Championships at the end of the season.

How to Register

All Carnivals are listed in our Nipper Carnivals page.  Follow the instructions on this page for entry.

What to Wear

To compete in carnivals, nippers require:

  • City of Perth Club Cap – available from the club shop (note: this is different to the coloured nippers cap)
  • Club Bathers – for U10 – U13’s, Little Nippers are not required to wear club bathers
  • Long Sleeve Shirt and Cap – nippers need to wear these whilst being marshalled for events
  • SLSA Approved Board (for U10-U13’s)
What Age Group Am I In?

The age group for the season is determined as of midnight on 30th September. Listed below are the age groups children will be in for the coming 2019/20 season.

  • NIPPERS: U13 – child has turned 12 on or before September 30th 2019
  • NIPPERS: U12 – child has turned 11 on or before September 30th 2019
  • NIPPERS: U11 – child has turned 10 on or before September 30th 2019
  • NIPPERS: U10 – child has turned 9 on or before September 30th 2019
  • NIPPERS: U9 – child has turned 8 on or before September 30th 2019
  • NIPPERS: U8 – child has turned 7 on or before September 30th 2019
  • NIPPERS: U7 – child has turned 6 on or before September 30th 2019
  • NIPPERS: U6 – child has turned 5 on or before September 30th 2019