The club provides an
extremely well organised and exciting program of
activities for the younger members (commonly
referred to as Nippers).
SLS Approved activities are
available to male and females from the age of 6
through to 14 years of age.
Age groups from 8 to 14 participate in both water,
beach and competition activities.
There are also activities for those boys and girls
aged between 6 and 7 that do not involve water or
competition based programs.
Each age group is under the control
and direction of an Age Group Manager. Each
age group manager will have had to complete the
SLSA standard "level one" coaching program.
It is quite common that the Manager is a parent of
one of the children from that age group and is, or
has been, an active patrolling member of the club.
As well as surf and beach
activities, all children from the under 8 age
group and above take part in the national Surf
The children are involved in a series of
structured learning activities focused on their
understanding of safe beach and aquatic
environments, survival skills in an aquatic
environment together with basic first aid and
resuscitation teaching programs.
The emphasis at Shellharbour Surf
Club is learning skills in an enjoyable
environment. Although children are
encouraged to participate in competition, the
focus of our activities is one of learning.
Upon reaching the age of 14 members
then transfer through to the senior club.
Before doing so they will have attained skills
that will enable them to be an integral part of
the patrol roster system. At the age of 15 a
member can obtain their Bronze Medallion Award and
become Active Members of the Surf Club.