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NIPPERS

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Warilla-Barrack Point Surf Life Saving Club offers an extensive surf education program for young nippers starting from our Green Hats (U6 & U7) through to our older age groups. The Surf Life Saving Junior Activities Program has become one of the most successful children’s development and sporting programs in Australia. It encourages children to learn new skills; promote active involvement by parents and create a learning environment from which both children and parents can benefit. The skills learnt through Nippers may one day save their own, or somebody else’s life!

Nippers runs every Sunday from October to March. All Juniors meet at 9.15am in front of the Club for a prompt 9.30am start. Every age group has an Age Manager. The Age Manager is responsible for the education, training and organisation of the group. All children are asked to report to their respective age managers to have their names recorded. Children will then go to their allotted skills development group. It is here that young nippers learn appropriate theory regarding surf safety skills, resuscitation, basic first aid and surf life saving. For more detailed information information, please see “Age Groups Info”.

Children should be wearing their swimming costumes, cap and sunscreen. Remember slip, slop, slap and wrap. Whilst the children are involved in Juniors they are required to wear their coloured cap, based on the age group they are in. It is important that the cap is worn as is enables them to be identified on the beach and in the water as Juniors. It is also a mandatory requirement for those nippers entering the water, that they wear their pink high-vis rashie. If they feel more comfortable children may wear board shorts, rash shirts, t-shirts or wet suits during Club Days. For safety reasons no jewellery is to be worn.

Nippers will also get an opportunity to participate in a number of age appropriate activities including wading, beach sprinting, beach flags, surf swim, board paddling and March Past. Please note U9 and U10 nippers use a foam nipper board. U11-U13 are required to use a short fibreglass board and the U14’s progress onto a long fibreglass board.

  • U6-7's - Green caps

  • U8's - Royal blue caps

  • U9's - Flouro Pink caps

  • U10's - Purple caps

  • U11's - Bright Blue caps

  • U12's - Gold caps

  • U13's - Citrus caps

  • U 14's - Red caps

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