Nippers @ The Lakes
Nippers means serious fun!
Nippers is a junior program that introduces children aged 5 to 13 to surf lifesaving. It is a fun outdoors activity that grows a child’s confidence, teaches valuable life skills and knowledge.
The youth of today are the future of Surf Life Saving, and the Nippers pathway teaches lessons and skills allowing them to continue in lifesaving and sport as they grow older.
But it’s not hard work. We like to call it serious fun! Nippers is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment.
Nippers are Australian for life. Are your kids?
Little Rippers (3-5 years)
Here at The Lakes SLSC we understand how important it is to ensure that children are introduced to the beach environment from an early age, so we have introduced the 'Little Rippers' program that caters to children aged from 3-5 years old. Learning to have fun at the beach is the first step in becoming a Nipper at The Lakes SLSC!
Nippers under 6 & 7
This is a very popular age group and is the start of our nipper surf awareness and education. This is a fun time for the little ones and a time to learn how to enjoy and respect the beach and surf. This group only enters the water to their knees so there is no necessity to meet a swim time for proficiency.
Nippers under 8 - 12
We begin to introduce pointscore in our Sunday morning program and surf carnivals to our Nippers from U8's. This is also when board training commences (optional). As with the younger age groups, we still focus on surf safety & awareness in our older age groups.
Rookies/ Youth 13-17
The Rookie Lifesaver Program has been developed for youth in U13-U14 age group. This is followed by our successful Youth Engagement Program that caters for members from 13 years through to 19 years old. This program focuses on the values and behaviours that our next generation of Surf Lifesavers require, while having loads of fun at the same time.
What age group will my child be in?
The Age your child is on the 30th September of this year determines what age group they are in. For example, if your child is 11 on September 30th, they will be in the U12's age group. Use the table below to determine what age group your child will be in, based on their date of birth.
Under 14 1st October 2009 to 30th September 2010
Under 13 1st October 2010 to 30th September 2011
Under 12 1st October 2011 to 30th September 2012
Under 11 1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013
Under 10 1st October 2013 to 30th September 2014
Under 9 1st October 2014 to 30th September 2015
Under 8 1st October 2015 to 30th September 2016
Under 7 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2017
Under 6 1st October 2017 to 30th September 2018
Little Rippers aged between 3 - 5 years during the season
Junior Preliminary Swim Evaluations
When to arrive each Sunday
Little Ripper’s, U6’s & U7’s
Arrive @ 8.30 am for a 8.45 start - 9.45am
U8’s - U14’s
Arrive @ 10am for a 10.15am start - 11.15 am
In the condition of dangerous surf or extreme weather, such as a thunderstorm Nippers may be canceled. Please ensure that you have downloaded our app to receive important updates. We will also post updates on the club's Facebook page in the event of changes or cancellations to a Nippers session.
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