Welcome to Broadbeach SLSC Junior Activity Program

Nippers Life Saving Season 2017/2018

Broadbeach SLSC's next nipper season runs from 1 October 2017 to 11 March 2018, with a four-week break over Christmas. 

Nippers sign on day

Nipper Sign on Days for next season (2017/2018):

  • Saturday and Sunday 26 & 27 in August
  • 9:00am till 12:00pm

Nippers Start Date 2017/2018 season

Next season will commence Sunday 1 October 2017 at 8:00am. We look forward to welcome returning and new members to the beach to develop their surf skills.

What is Nippers?

The Nipper Life Saving Program (or Junior Activities) is surf life saving for children. At Broadbeach SLSC, we offer a program for boys and girls aged between 5 and 13. At Broadbeach SLSC, families are encouraged to be involved with plenty of opportunities to have fun, socialise and learn new skills; from weekly Sunday BBQ's and Club Canteen after nippers to helping on the beach, volunteering for age leader and manger roles and opportunities for your own training in surf life saving.  Register your interests to help from this site or see the Junior Activities Committee President. (nippers@broadbeachslsc.com)

Aim of the Program

The objective of nippers is to educate children on aquatic safety and awareness, while providing skills in fitness, first aid, resuscitation  and surf life saving competition. While competition is an important element, surf safety and awareness is the primary aim. Children learn how to respect the surf, read the surf and use the surf to their advantage. This is done in an environment of fun, healthy lifestyle and camaraderie, unique to surf life saving. 

Age Groups

Age is calculated by your child's age at 30 September each year. If a child turns 10 on or before 30 September, he or she would be in the Under 11 age group for the whole season.

Qualifications

All children are required to take a proficiency check before they are permitted to participate in any water event or activitiy (ie an event where they would be in water out of their depth).

This consists of demonstrating they can swim a specified distance within a time frame and complete a run/swim/run course. Times and distances vary for each age group. Children who cannot pass the minimum proficiency are limited to beach and wade activities only until they are able to demonstrate proficiency and cannot enter carnivals. 

Children with disabilities are welcome and in some cases a doctor's letter will be requested stating the child can safely undertake certain activities or events. In all cases the child would not be expected to participate in any event or activities where the disability might cause danger to the child.

Surf education program

The Surf Ed Program is a series of graded lessons and activities for each age group which introduces children to the surf environment and then builds on that knowledge each year. Each club is responsibile for training children in the program and for conducting the associated practical and knowledge tests.