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.

Nippers 2021/22 – registrations have closed! 

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Nippers this season!

We are committed to keeping all members of the club safe, and we thank you for your support and understanding as we follow the COVID Road Map.

WSLSC Junior Activities Handbook 2021-22


Further to LSV’s recent communications where they advised of the requirement for all members or club attendees to complete the LSV vaccination status form, please note the form is now active and ready for members to complete.

Link to form:


All Nippers must complete the preliminary swim assessment. Each Nipper needs this completed each season. This can be completed by your child’s swimming instructor. Completed forms can be emailed to



We are asking all parents / carers to support us to meet government requirements and stay safe by:
• Staying at home if you or your child have any COVID-19 symptoms or are unwell
• Practising good hygiene
• Going directly to your allocated group areas
• Ensuring that you sign in when attending Nippers to assist with contact tracing
• Bringing your own sunscreen, water bottles and towels to avoid sharing

We look forward to seeing you on the beach!

Nipper Gear

Don’t forget your:

  • Bathers and Goggles
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen SPF 50+
  • Water bottle
  • A wetsuit – (optional) Rashie goes over the top.
  • Dry clothes

Please clearly label every item with your childs’ name. There are literally bucketloads of lost property at the end of every season!

On the Beach

Williamstown Nippers runs on Sundays from 9am. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the session start time.


  • Sign in. The Nippers attendance lists will be laid out based on Age Group. This is essential to ensure your Nipper receives their Surf Ed. award at the completion of the season.
  • Find your Nipper’s Age Group flag on the beach.
  • Grab a coloured age group cap from the basket.
  • Pop your Nipper’s towel in the tub beside the Age Group flag
  • Your Age Group Coach and Age Manager will be there waiting to take your Nipper for their session
  • At sessions end, return your age group cap to the basket.
  • Grab a free cordial at the clubhouse
  • Buy a sausage sizzle before you head home!


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.

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

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. Competition Skills evaluations must be successfully completed before participating in any water based activities at interclub carnivals. 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?

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 canceled (you will be notified via Team App).


Do we have to join as a family?

Any Nipper must join as a Family Membership.

All family members aged 18 years and older must have a working with children check for the membership application to be accepted.

What age group will my child be in?

Age on 30 September 2021: 

Date of birth Nippers Age Group
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 U6
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 U7
1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014 U8
1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013 U9
1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012 U10
1 October 2010 to 30 September 2011 U11
1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010 U12
1 October 2008 to 30 September 2009 U13


How to Join Nippers?

If you would like to sign up your child for Nippers – don’t leave it till the last minute!

Your future Nipper needs to complete a preliminary swim assessment.  If your Nipper does attend swimming lessons, the assessment form can be downloaded from our Website, (under Nippers) and signed off by their swimming instructor. Please forward the completed form to

 A condition of membership is that any one over the age of 18 is required to obtain a Working with Children Check with the club and Life Saving Victoria listed as organisations.  A volunteer WWCC is free and is valid for 5 years.  You can apply or add the club and LSV to a current WWCC online at

 Organisation Name and Addresses:
Williamstown SLSC, PO Box 13, Williamstown. Vic. 3016 Phone 0478 416 004
Life Saving Victoria PO Box 353, South Melbourne Vic. 3205 Phone 9676 6900
Organisation Field:
42 Clubs, associations or movements of a cultural, recreational or sporting nature.
Once this is done, the club will then receive a notification in the mail. Please email the club at with a list of names in the family.  We will then be in contact when we have received the notifications and you can then begin the joining process.  If you have any queries, please contact Leonie via this email address or telephone 0418 341 595.
Please note, all memberships must be current and financial prior to your nipper starting due to LSV and insurance requirements.