Nippers Information

INTRODUCTION Welcome to the 2022/2023 Season.

Update 1st Oct 2022...
Registrations for Nippers are now CLOSED !!
Any further requests to register for Nippers will only be accepted subject to committee approval, and late fees apply.

Beach Pups registration information is yet to be released.

The dates for Nippers including the start date is on our home page calendar.

All aspects of registration are completed online, including emailing proof of ID and payment.

Children must attain the age of 5 years by 30 September before they can join as a Nipper Member. However, if a child commences after they just turn 5 years, SLSA requires that they must remain in the U6s age group for the following season. In the second season in U6, your child will not receive the Surf Play 1 Certificate as they will have already received it in their first season (provided they were eligible).

The Beach Pups program, for those children not quite old enough for Nippers, is developed following the start of the Nippers season, and will not begin until November.
Please keep an eye on socials and this website for a start date and further information.
The registration closing date above will not apply to Beach Pups.

It is a requirement of Shellharbour SLSC for at least one parent per family to join and accompany their child(ren) during Nipper/Beach Pup sessions.
If you are not already an Active Member then you will be required to join as a General Member, ensuring you are covered by insurance. We offer attractive rates for family membership and encourage families to become part of our great Club.

Nippers is held on Sundays (with a few exceptions - please check our calendar) and starts at 8.45am with a muster on the grassed area in front of the Club.

Membership fees:

Register Early !! ....  A late fee applies to Nippers registrations from October 1 onwards.
Late registrations are very disruptive to Nippers preparations and will require committee approval before being accepted.

Nippers Categorybefore Sep 30from Oct 1
U/6 & U/7-$40$65requires a Parent/Carer
U/8 to U/14-$70$95requires a Parent/Carer
General - Parent/Carer-$55$55
Family-$220$270Active Kids Vouchers cannot be redeemed against the Family Group membership. Read more at join/renew page ...
Cadets U/15+-$55$55

Beach Pups Category
General - Parent/Carer-$55does not apply if you already have children in Nippers. A Nipper parent registration also covers Beach Pups.
Beach Pups-$0requires a Parent/Carer

Age Groups for the 2022/2023 season if your child is born between the following dates:

Age GroupFromToCapBoard
U/61st October 2016 - 30th September 2017
U/71st October 2015 - 30th September 2016
U/81st October 2014 - 30th September 2015
soft *
U/91st October 2013 - 30th September 2014
U/101st October 2012 - 30th September 2013
U/111st October 2011 - 30th September 2012
soft / hard
U/121st October 2010 - 30th September 2011
soft / hard
U/131st October 2009 - 30th September 2010
soft / hard
U/141st October 2008 - 30th September 2009
racing mal
 * see Board notes below

Board Types:
Soft- A 'foamie'
Hard- A composite (Fibreglass / Epoxy / Carbon)
Refer to the SLSNSW Junior Board Guide for further information / clarification on board types and competition exceptions.
  • - U/8s may receive an introduction to boards as part of Nippers training. They do not require a board though.
  • - U/9-U/10s will use Soft(foamie) boards.
  • - U/11-U/13s typically use Hard(composite) boards, but Soft(foamie) boards are permitted.
  • - U/14s may use a Soft(foamie) racing mal at Nippers, but can only use a Hard(composite) in competition.
  • - The club has a limited number of boards for general/shared use during Nippers training days.
  • - The club may offer seasonal hiring (subject to availability). Read more...
  • - Useful resources for 2nd hand boards are:
    • Facebook Marketplace
    • Facebook Group "Second Hand Surf Lifesaving Craft, Surf Lifesaving Only"
    • Gumtree
    • GearTrade

Mandatory Preliminary Evaluation
All age groups (U/6-U/14) will need to complete a compulsory preliminary (pool swim) evaluation prior to their first day of Nippers.
Your child is unable to participate in any water activities without this.
Download a Swim Form Here: SLSC_SWIM_FORM.pdf
This assessment can be completed by any accredited swim teacher. If your child(ren) do swimming lessons or squad training, enquire with your swim coach if they will assess them, then return the completed form as instructed.
Otherwise, we hold scheduled pool swims to enable this to be completed. Please keep an eye on emails and socials for dates and times.

Competition Evaluation
To be able to compete in carnivals, U/8-U/14 will need to complete a Competition Evaluation (open water swim). This will be conducted during Nippers.

No Rashie = No Training
It is mandatory for U/8-U/14s to wear a high visibility rash singlet when taking part in water activities at Sunday Nippers and at water training during the week (for swim/iron/board/wade). These singlets are available for purchase in our soft gear shop ($20).

Age Group Caps
Every Nipper member must wear a coloured age cap during all Nipper activities ($15). Refer to the Age Groups table above.

Competition Caps
We also have Club competition caps for external carnivals ($20).

SOFT GEAR We have a variety of swimwear and other items available for purchase in the Soft Gear Shop.

The Soft Gear Shop is located upstairs in our Clubhouse and is open every Sunday between 8.30m to 8.45am (during Nipper season).

For pre-season sales opportunities, please keep an eye on emails and socials for opening dates and times.

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