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2018 Nipper Presentation Day – 10.00am Sunday March 11th – Nobbys SLSC Clubhouse

Nipper parents, to say thank you for getting the kids to the beach early every Sunday morning for the last few months we’re giving you a little sleep-in on presentation day. Kick-off time is 10am at Nobbys clubhouse… See you there!

Download the Nobbys-Nippers-Handbook-2016_17  for information about nippers. Download Nobbys SLSC Privacy Form Aug16 to give approval for photos to be taken and used by Nobbys SLSC.

Thinking of enrolling your kids in Nippers but not sure what to expect? Check out this great video to see what Nobbys Nippers is all about.

Nobbys SLSC Nippers caters for children from U6 to U13 with small groups of up to 30 children.

Nippers starts at 9:00am Sundays and goes to 11:00am with children learning a range of surf awareness and surf skills. These activities cater for each age group with all ages doing beach sprints, beach flags and surf awareness and education. The young nippers learn about waves and practice skills in the nearshore areas such as wades and learning to go under waves safely. As the children get older they advance to board skills, and nipper board paddling and ocean swimming. Surf Education for the older nippers also includes resuscitation skills to mould the young nipper into an U14 who may hopefully move into junior development and attain their surf rescue certificate (SRC) which will allow them to assist lifesavers patrolling the beach.

We have participation requirements for all children to ensure their safety at the beach and if you are interested in joining our nippers you should take the kids to the pool to practice swimming before the season starts.

Children doing carnivals have extra proficiency requirements which include a timed swim and a run-swim-run.

All nippers have general proficiency requirements so that age managers and Nobbys SLSC can be sure the kids will be safe at the beach. New members MUST be registered and covered by Nobbys insurance before they do their proficiencies.

Minimum proficiency requirements per age group

  • U6/7 – no swimming requirements
  • U8 – 50m freestyle and 1 minute float
  • U9 – 100m freestyle and 1 minute float
  • U10/11 – 150m freestyle and 1.5 minute float
  • U12/13 – 200m freestyle and 2 minute float

The proficiencies will take place at Coughlans swim centre Hillsborough Road Warners Bay – 17 September 2017 – noon to 3pm. Children must have a swim cap and goggles are encouraged. More details to come.


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We need one female and one male age group supervisor for each age group but encourage as many people to be involved to allow rotation of supervisors. The only requirements is that the supervisors do the Age Manager Course.

Like all sporting clubs we rely on volunteers to help it run smoothly. Even if you don’t do the course please help on the day, it makes the kids day more enjoyable and you get to meet more people and have fun in a family activity.

A parent must also join Nobbys as a member if you are registering nippers. A nippers cap must also be purchased and worn at nippers.

Nippers parents are also asked to do a BBQ duty and board clean up on a roster which is rotated between age groups.

Come and join Nobbys Nippers and be part of the Nobbys SLSC family.


  • Registration Dates (go to becoming a member) for information for 2017-2018 – New members must bring their birth certificate
  • Sunday 10 September 2017 – New Member Nipper Induction (Parents) 11am to noon at the United Sports Club Adamstown
  • Sunday 17 September 2017 11am to 1pm (pool swim proficiency date for nippers U8 upwards) No swim proficiency required for U6 and U7 (coughlans swim centre Hillsborough Rd Warners Bay)
  • Sunday 8 October 2017 – First Day of Nippers
  • Saturday 14 October 2017 – Round 1 SLSC carnival U9s – U17s Caves Beach
  • Sunday 12 November 2017 – Round 2 SLSC carnival U8-U17 – Swansea Belmont
  • Sunday 19 November 2017 – Nippers At Lambton Pool
  • Sunday 3 December 2017 – 1st Round Nippers Club Champs
  • Sunday 10 December 2017 – Last Day of Nippers Before Xmas (Nippers Xmas Party)
  • Saturday 16 December 2017 – Round 3 SLSC Carnival U8-U17- Catherine Hill Bay
  • Saturday 13 January 2018 – Round 4 SLSC nippers carnival U8-U17 – Redhead
  • Sunday 21 January 2018 – First Day of Nippers 2017
  • Sunday 4 February 2018 – Branch Carnival U8-U17 – Fingal Beach
  • Sunday 18 February 2018- 2nd Nippers Club Champs
  • 2 – 4 March 2018 – State Surf Lifesaving Champs Swansea Belmont
  • Sunday 11 March 2017 – Nippers Presentation Day (Last day of nippers) – 10.00am start time at the clubhouse

2017-18 Junior Carnival Co-ordinator is Andrew Pitkin 0428 884956, Director of Surf Sports is Natasha Ryan 0407 453853

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