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 Nippers program is structured specifically to their ages and abilities and gradually teaches kids basic lifesaving skills and how 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.


It is compulsory for all nippers to wear an age level cap and the Williamstown SLSC nippers rashie during the Williamstown nipper program. Not only does this promote a sense of belonging, but importantly ensures participants are clearly visible to the age group managers and are sun safe. The Williamstown SLSC nippers rashie is included in your registration kit, and the age group cap is handed out on the first day of the program.

We encourage our nippers to wear club bathers throughout all summer programs. In addition, the club has a ‘dry gear’ clothing range available for both kids and adults.

Check out the range on our Merchandise page (soon to be posted). All items for purchase are available through the club merchandise shop at selected times at the Clubhouse or order at


All Nippers need to complete a Preliminary Skills Assessment prior to participating in any water activities in the nipper program. This is to ensure children have a suitable swimming ability to allow them to safely enjoy the water activities of the program.

Download the form and complete it for each nipper and have it signed by a qualified swim coach or teacher.

The form(s) are to be uploaded with your nipper registration(s).For those children not attending formal swimming lessons, the club will run a specific swim assessment session to certify that the required competence level has been met.

Preliminary Assessment


All members must have a current Working With Children's Check for us to be able to accept your membership Application.

Registrations are open. We look forward to seeing you at the beach!

First Session

The first Nippers session will be Sunday, 11 November 2018.

Program Dates

Nippers will be held on the following Sundays, 9.00 am to 10.00 am:

  • Sunday, 11 November 2018
  • Sunday, 18 November 2018
  • Sunday, 25 November 2018
  • Sunday, 2 December 2018
  • Sunday, 9 December 2018
  • Saturday, 22 December 2018 (Christmas Gathering @ 5 pm)
  • Sunday, 3 February 2019
  • Sunday, 10 February 2019
  • Sunday, 17 February 2019
  • Sunday, 24 February 2019
  • Sunday, 3 March 2019

Note: All sessions subject to weather conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 enroll 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?


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 canceled (you will be notified via Team App). We have accounted for 2 makeup sessions if required at the end of the program. 

Do we have to join as 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