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What are Nippers (Junior Activities) ?

Junior Activities Life Saving is commonly known as "Nippers" and is made up of infants, primary and secondary school aged children, in the Under 6 to the Under 14 age group.

The aim of the North Curl Curl SLSC is to develop and educate Junior Activities Members, as required by the Surf Life Saving Australia 'Surf ED' program, and to promote progression and integration into the senior ranks of the club.

Competition is also available to those who wish, at interclub and State level throughout the season. Nippers are held each Sunday Morning throughout the summer season within the club.


Information for Nippers


Welcome to Nippers at North Curly

Junior Activities Surf Life Saving – Nippers – is for infant, primary and secondary school children, in the Under 6 to Under 14 age groups. Nippers is run by parent volunteers.

The aim of Nippers @ North Curly SLSC is to develop, educate and engage Junior Members through a broad surf education program integrated with the senior ranks of the club. We want our kids to participate on Sundays, develop skills through training and, for those who wish, compete at Club, Branch, State and National levels. North Curly has even sent teams to international events!

Nippers is held each Sunday morning throughout the summer season within the Club and we encourage this to be a morning of family participation. In fact, Mums and Dads, aunts, uncles and Grandparents WE NEED YOU! As a result of feedback from last year, this season we introduced a family membership and each family with a child enrolled in junior activities will have at least one parent or guardian member accompanying the child. We are also providing extra skills development and support for parents who want to get involved. With that in mind, to help you get involved, we need:

  • Off the beach: registrar; admin support for education, competition and training; and, team managers for sand (sprints, flags, march past, first aid) and water (swim and board) teams;
  • On Sundays: age managers; age helpers; and, water safety (including rescue boats);
  • Training: midweek afternoon training; and, Saturday and Sunday morning training covering both sand and water; water safety;
  • At carnivals: officials; and, carnival age managers, water safety.
  • For U14 and U13, we have some special changes planned for you. Please talk to your Age Managers

    For everyone else, Nippers will run on a Sunday from 9am until 10:30. Parent events will run at 10:30am.

    This year the North Curl Curl SLSC Junior Activities Committee (JAC) is made up of the following dedicated volunteers -

    I look forward to seeing you at the beach and to a great North Curly summer.

    Rohan Connors
    Director of Junior Activities


    2014/2015 Pre-Season Nippers Survey Results

    We ran a survey in the off season asking for feedback from parents of last years Nippers, with a view of getting your input on what went well last year, and what needed improving, as well as questions regarding some ideas for the new season. We had a good number of respondants, and we are now using that feedback as input into the planning of this years's Nipper program. Many thanks to all of you who took the time to give us your feedback.

    For a copy of the survey results Download Click Here


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    Nippers Age Categories for 2014/2015 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 2014, will be categorised as an U10 Nipper for the 2014/2015 season. See the table below for full details:

    - child has turned 13 on or before September 30th 2014
    - child has turned 12 on or before September 30th 2014
    - child has turned 11 on or before September 30th 2014
    - child has turned 10 on or before September 30th 2014
    - child has turned 9 on or before September 30th 2014
    - child has turned 8 on or before September 30th 2014
    - child has turned 7 on or before September 30th 2014
    - child has turned 6 on or before September 30th 2014
    - child has turned 5 on or before September 30th 2014

    Note: A child cannot be involved in a Nippers program until they turn 5 years old (e.g. if a child turns 5 on 1 November, they cannot join in or partake in any activities until 1 November)

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    Swimming Proficiency Requirements

    It is a requirement that all Nippers from U/8 to U/14 must complete a basic swimming assessment test before entering the water or participating in any nipper activities and carnivals. With the exception of U6 & U7 age groups, the proficiency swim will be completed on the first day of nippers at the beach (no leagues club).All under 8 age groups will all go to the rock pool with parents and age managers to complete a 25m swim and 1 minute float. The other age groups will complete the required swim in the surf and will be marked off via age managers.

    For a copy of the SLSA Junior Preliminary Skills Assessment for age group assessment requirements.Go To Click Here

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    Age Managers and Age Group Reference Material

    There are a number of reference documents available to Age Managers covering their important role in helping to develop our junior members, as well as all the activities material for the various age groups. These cover from Under 6 to the Under 14 age groups.

    The material is available at the Youth And Membership page on the Branch web site Go To Click Here

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