Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club’s Nipper Program provides a friendly, safe and social community while promoting an inclusive environment.
Nippers is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment.
The National program is structured specifically to their ages and abilities and gradually teaches kids basic lifesaving skills to be safe around an aquatic environment as well as developing their skills to compete in surf sports.
Our Nipper program runs on Sunday mornings at Williamstown Beach.
To learn more about WSLSC’s Nipper Program we encourage all parents to come along to one of the following information sessions:
Join us for a fun 'come and try' session at the beach before you commit to the season. All ages welcome.
For any Nipper participating in a Victorian Surf Education Program they will need to meet the Preliminary Assessment for their Age Group. If your child would like to compete in LSV Surf Carnivals representing WSLSC they will need to pass the Competition Skills Evaluation. We strongly encourage all parents of children with limited swimming ability to enrol their child in swimming lessons first. Nippers is NOT a ‘learn to swim’ program and your child will be required to complete a Preliminary Assessment.
Any member over 18 years must have a valid Working with Children’s Check before their membership can be approved (Teachers and Police Officers will also need a WWCC).
Nippers is not a ‘drop and run’ sport and we need parental support and involvement and you must stay close to the beach. In particular, parents of U6s and U7s you need to be able to see your Nipper during the entire session.
The Nipper Program will proceed where reasonable. A few spits of rain and wind won’t deter us, but when it is not safe and where appropriate the program will be cancelled (you will be notified via Team App). We have accounted for 2 make up sessions if required at the end of the program.
Any Nipper must join as a Family Membership.
Age on 30 September.