About Nippers under 7s

The focus for Nippers for this age group is on play, participation and fun. Participants learn about what makes up a beach environment, sunsmart guidelines, the importance of having an adult with them at the beach, what a lifesaver is and what they do, wading, beach sprinting and beach flags.

Nippers is a junior program that introduces children aged 5 to 13 to surf lifesaving. Nippers is about children participating in safe, fun and organised activities in a beach environment. On successful completion of the program participants are awarded with their Surf Play 1 & 2 certificates.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:


There are no specific qualifications


There are no prerequisites

How do I make it happen?

If you would like more information about how to become a Nipper, or how your child can become a Nipper, please contact your local Surf Life Saving Club. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Nippers under 7s

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

Nippers at this age learn to recognise whether they are, or someone else is, in an emergency situation and how to get help. Surf sports skills focus on; bodyboarding, wading, dolphin-diving, beach sprint starts and beach flags starts.

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For this age group safety steps up a gear by introducing safety tips and the ability to identify hazardous surf conditions. Participants can begin to use a nipper board, so basic board positioning and paddling is introduced. Other surf sports skills focus on body surfing, sand running technique and diving for a beach flag.

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In this age group participants begin learning basic lifesaving skills, including how rip currents work, using body boards to assist someone in the water, and practicing resuscitation skills on a manikin.

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What other options might suit me?

If you can do this role but would like to use your skills in another area in our organisation here are some other options for you to consider:

There are no similar options for this pathway.

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