About Nippers



 The BLLSLSC Nipper Program is designed to train the next generation of surf lifesavers for our Club.



Transition from Nippers to Cadet Lifesavers

01. Nippers

Our comprehensive program is designed to teach the skills that are required for our local conditions.  We feel that it is very important for our children to be safe and confident at their local beach.

The Junior program teaches surf awareness, respect for the conditions and how to use the local surf to advantage.  We use competition events (carnivals) to test ourselves in a meaningful and fun environment.

Children interested in competition are encouraged to use their natural skills at a series of carnivals held throughout the season. This promotes fellowship, fair play and enjoyment whilst giving the children the opportunity to learn valuable life long surf skills.

The emphasis in Junior Lifesaving is on fun and education . Children in each age group gain a Surf Education Award at the conclusion of the season.

General information is available in link to SLSNSW webpage Become A Nipper.

See “Membership/Joining” for details on joining Nippers – link to JOIN OUR CLUB as above

New members are always welcome at anytime during the season.

Parents/carers/guardians are advised that as a voluntary organisation the Club requires assistance from you to make our nipper program an enjoyable experience. For this reason each nipper applying for membership with the Club includes an accompanying application for Club membership by a parent/carer/guardian, with the expectation that the parent/carer/guardian will assist in some capacity with the Club’s nipper program. See the Club Policies page for more information.

02. Transition from Nippers to Cadet Lifesavers

Over recent years, Ballina SLSC has developed a program for U14 nippers with the key aims of retaining membership and participation in club activities and developing leadership and surf life saving skills for our cadets. All U14 members will be encouraged to participate in the SRC program according to their interests and abilities. The program is described in the attached document.