Nippers

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.

Information Sessions

To learn more about WSLSC’s Nipper Program we encourage all parents to come along to one of the following information sessions:  

  • Tuesday 19 September @ 6.30pm 
  • Saturday 14 October @ 2pm 
  • Sunday 15 October @ 11am 

Come and Try Session

Join us for a fun 'come and try' session at the beach before you commit to the season. All ages welcome.

  • Sunday 29 October, 9am-10am

FAQ

WHAT SKILLS ASSESSMENT WILL YOUR NIPPER NEED TO COMPLETE

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.  

DOES EACH PARENT REQUIRE A WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK?

Yes. 


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).    

CAN I 'DROP AND RUN'?

Absolutely not. 


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.     

WHAT IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER AND/OR DANGEROUS CONDITIONS?

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. 

DO WE HAVE TO JOIN US A FAMILY?

Any Nipper must join as a Family Membership.

WHAT AGE GROUP WILL MY CHILD BE IN?

Age on 30 September.

  • 5 Years Old   Participate as Under 6    
  • 6 Years Old   Participate as Under 7     
  • 7 Years Old   Participate as Under 8     
  • 8 Years Old   Participate as Under 9     
  • 9 Years Old   Participate as Under 10     
  • 10 Years Old   Participate as Under 11     
  • 11 Years Old   Participate as Under 12     
  • 12 Years Old   Participate as Under 13 (or   Under 15 upon gaining their Surf Rescue Certificate)     
  • 13 Years Old   Participate as Under 14 (or   Under 15 upon gaining their Surf Rescue Certificate)     
  • 14 Years Old   Participate as Under 15 (or   Under 17 upon gaining their Surf Bronze Medallion)