Nipper Information and Age Catagories


Mission Statement

Our aim is to educate our children in the principles and skills associated with Junior Surf Lifesaving.
Our goal is to then assist our members to develop into active and responsible community citizens through the Australian Surf Lifesaving movement.

We will achieve these goals by:

  • Encouraging every child to strive towards achieving their best in all related activities.
  • Nurturing the values of teamwork and respect for their fellow members.
  • Providing a fun, safe, and non-discriminatory environment where the above values can be shared by all those wishing to participate.

Who Can Join Nippers?
Any child, aged between 5 and 14, may join Nippers. They do NOT have to be super competitors or super athletes. The emphasis is on skill development and FUN!

One of the best features of Nippers is seeing young children overcome their fear of the water. Children who are afraid of the water, through encouragement, education and training can become confident in the surf.

Nippers Age Categories for 2017/2018 Season

Age groups for all Surf Life Saving members is calculated by the current age as at midnight on September 30th of each year. For example, a child that is 9 years of age as of September 30th 2017, will be categorised as an U10 Nipper for the 2017/2018 season.

Note: A child cannot be involved in a Nippers program until they turn 5 years old (e.g. if a child turns 5 on 15th October then they can’t register and participate until the 15th October). Please note that registrations close on the 31st October. 

See the table below for full details:

U14
– child has turned 13 on or before September 30th 2017
U13
– child has turned 12 on or before September 30th 2017
U12
– child has turned 11 on or before September 30th 2017
U11
– child has turned 10 on or before September 30th 2017
U10
– child has turned 9 on or before September 30th 2017
U9
– child has turned 8 on or before September 30th 2017
U8
– child has turned 7 on or before September 30th 2017
U7
– child has turned 6 on or before September 30th 2017
U6
– child has turned 5 on or before September 30th 2017

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