The Nippers Program
“Nippers” is an activity-based program to educate young children about surf safety and awareness when visiting a beach or aquatic environment.
The Nippers program also offers participants the opportunity to meet a new set of friends whilst they are being challenged in activities, within a controlled learning environment.
Through a fun and enjoyable delivery from our Age Managers and Trainers, Nippers are encouraged to learn about lifesaving. In addition to gaining vital surf safety and awareness skills, the older Nipper/cadets will learn things such as basic carries, first aid and resuscitation skills.
For those Nippers interested, the program also introduces the competitive side of surf lifesaving. Nippers interested in competing will have the opportunity to participate in our own Club Championship events, inter-club carnivals, regional and state championships to represent their Club.
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Our principal objectives are:
• To provide a safe, healthy, active, and enjoyable learning environment for our children.
• To help junior participants develop self-confidence on the beach and in the surf; awareness, respect and understanding of the surf; surf safety skills and, ultimately, life saving skills.
• To encourage children to participate in surf orientated activities within the Nippers Program, progressing through to the Narra Water Rats youth program, with the longer term view of active participation in the Surf Life Saving movement.
• To encourage Nipper parents to actively participate in the management and operation of the Nippers Program, so they and their children enjoy their experience on the beach.
How do I become a Narrabeen Beach Nipper?
You need to complete Registration forms and some paperwork.Click on the Registration link under Nippers on this website.
The nipper program commences in mid-October and concludes in late March each year, with a break over the Christmas period. Start times each week are 9.30am sharp – be there from 9.15am for roll call. Narrabeen Beach SLSC also hosts the Narrabeen Junior Carnival in January each year.
Boys and girls aged Under 14 determined as at midnight on the 30th September at the commencement of that season. Children must also be 5 years of age at the time of enrolment.
Getting your children involved in Surf Lifesaving is very rewarding for the children and parents alike, they learn essential life skills, make lots of new friends, keep fit and you have the peace of mind that as they grow older they have the skills and knowledge to be safe when visiting the beach.
It’s For the Whole Family!
Nippers can be a very rewarding experience for the whole family.
Not only do the children learn important beach and water skills and enjoy the friendships that come with belonging to a club, their parents can also gain valuable knowledge and become involved.
Parents are encouraged to consider participation in the full range of Surf Club activities such as gaining their Bronze Medallion, becoming Age Manager’s, Competition Officials and Water Safety (Bronze Medallion is required to be water safety).
Parents are also encouraged to assist on Sundays by either becoming an Age Manager, a Water Safety Officer, non-swimming beach events helper or just a general helper.
Hands are always needed in the BBQ area and particularly on occasions like hosting a carnival or special functions.
Each family will be rostered onto BBQ duty at least once during the Season, this enables us to share this around.