About Nippers under 13s

This is the last level of the Nippers program and focuses on the importance of communicating with beach users, identifying emergency services and performing tube rescues. Participants can work towards a Basic Emergency Care Certificate (as well as a Resuscitation Certificate). The focus of surf sports skills is on bringing all the skills learnt in previous age groups together to participate in an event for each of the disciplines: board race, board rescue, surf race, run-swim-run, beach sprint, beach relay, beach flags, ironman / ironwoman and cameron relay.

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. Participants earn their Surf Smart 2 award.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

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

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications


Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites


Other Requirements

Must be under 13 years old. Capacity to perform a:

  • 150-m swim (front crawl)
  • 3-minute survival float
  • Surf Smart 2

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 13s

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

The Surf Rescue Certificate provides participants with the skills and knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations and act in the role of Water Safety Personnel.

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The Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations.

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The Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crewperson course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations

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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 a wide range of opportunities available for members interested in participating in Surf Life Saving sport.

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