WBSLSC Nippers Program

The WBSLSC Nippers program encourages all children to do their best and develop to their full potential, whilst learning new skills and having fun.

The vision for our Nippers Program is to provide a safe and friendly environment where both Nippers and parents can learn and enhance their knowledge about surf life saving and to prepare our Nippers to eventually be patrolling members of our club.

We encourage all children to do their best and develop to their full potential, whilst learning new skills and having fun.

Throughout the season our key focus is:

Safety First

Do Your Best

Have Fun

We have only one major rule at Nippers: NO THROWING SAND

Find out everything you need to know about the nippers program in our handbook

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures some aspects of the nippers program have been changed.

Please read the information leaflet attached and follow directions on beach signage and from WBSLSC officials.

Download and read the following advice regarding COVID and Nippers

Nippers Calendar

The Nippers Team has come together and we have reviewed the guidelines from Life Saving Victoria.  We know that the program will have to be modified again, but we are committed to bringing you the best program possible, within the constraints that we are facing.

Monday / Wednesday / Friday  9:30 – 11:30

Monday 27th December 2021 – Friday 14th January 2022

3-week program (9 sessions)

We will be sending out more information over the coming weeks.


  • Sign in at 9:15am*
  • Session start/finish: 9:30am-11:30am

*Please arrive early so we can get organised and maximise our time on the beach!

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Nippers Age Groups

At Waratah Beach SLSC we are offering the Nippers program to children in age categories under 6 to under 14. Children are appointed to a particular age group each season based on their age on 30 September each year. You can use the table below to work out the age group for your child.

For our smallest Nippers:

Children must be 5 years old to participate in Nippers. Children who turn 5 years old after 30 September in the current season will be required to join as an U/6, for the current and following season. If your child turns 5 years old during the season (between 27 December and 17 January), they cannot start Nippers until after their birthday.

Age as at September 30 Junior Activity Group
5 Years Old Participate as Under 6
6 Years Old Participate as Under 7
7 Years Old Participate as Under 8
8 Years Old Participate as Under 9
9 Years Old Participate as Under 10
10 Years Old Participate as Under 11
11 Years Old Participate as Under 12
12 Years Old Participate as Under 13
13+ Years Old Complete the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

How To Register For Nippers

To join the Nipper program your Nipper needs to either be a junior member of the Club or be included in a family membership. They will also require the nippers safety gear.

The Nipper program is included in your membership fee. Memberships can be purchased or renewed below.

Required Safety Gear

To participate in the program it is compulsory that all Nippers are wearing the Pink Rashie and Club Cap.

These can be purchased from our online store or from the Club at the start of Nippers.

Put Your Hand Up

Volunteer at Waratah Beach

From cooking sausages at the Nippers BBQ, helping out at the bar, learning surf rescue skills to take to the beach or volunteering in positions of leadership.

If you are keen to make a contribution, there are so many jobs that make us a successful club and we welcome you to put your hand up.

Every hour you can give, every idea, and every contribution you make counts!