Since 1923

‘Nobbys Nippers’ Program

2019/20 Nipper Registrations – Click HERE

2019/20 Nipper Handbook – Click HERE

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Nobbys SLSC Nipper Season

  • Registration Dates (go to becoming a member) for information for 2019-2020 – New members must bring their birth certificate
  • Tuesday 10 September 2019 – Junior Activities Committee Meeting – Nobbys SLSC – 6.30pm to 8.00pm
  • Sunday 15 September 2019 – Pool swimming proficiencies for U8 upwards (no proficiency required for U6 & U7) – Coghlans Swim Centre, Warners Bay – 11am to 1pm
  • Sunday 22 September 2019 – Nipper Parent Information Session – Nobbys SLSC – 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Sunday 13 October 2019 – First Day of Nippers – Nobbys SLSC 9.00am to 11.00am (marshalling at 8.45am)
  • Sunday 17 November 2019 – Nippers Lambton Pool Fun Day (TBC)
  • Sunday 24 November 2019 – No nippers due to V8 Supercar weekend
  • Sunday 15 December 2019 – Christmas party (start of Christmas break)
  • Saturday 25 January 2020 – Twilight Nippers Event (nippers resumes for 2020)
  • Sunday 16 February 2020 – Nipper Club Championships
  • Sunday 23 February 2020 – No Nippers due to Spark Helmore Triathlon
  • Sunday 01 March 2020 – Final Nippers for 2019/20
  • Sunday 01 March 2020 – Junior Activities Committee Meeting – Season Washup (TBC) – After Nippers
  • Sunday 08 March 2020 – Nippers Presentation Day (last day of Nippers) – 10.00am start time at Nobbys SLSC

Nippers 2019/20 Carnival Dates – To Be Advised

  • Saturday 19 October 2019 – Round 1 – NPBS Series & Interbranch Selection Carnival U8s -U17s – Caves Beach SLSC
  • Saturday 02 November 2019 – Round 2 – NPBS Series & Lake MacQuarie Games U8s -U17s – Blacksmiths SLSC
  • Saturday 14 December 2019 – Round 3 – NPBS Series  U8s -U17s – Fingal SLSC
  • Saturday 11 January 2020 – Round 4  – NPBS Series  U8s -U17s – Catherine Hill Bay SLSC
  • Sat 08 & Sun 09 February 2020 – Open & Age Branch Championships – TBC

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 – 25m freestyle and 1 minute float
  • U9 – 100m freestyle and 1 minute float
  • U10 – 150m freestyle and 1.5 minute float
  • U11 – 150m freestyle and 2 minute float
  • U12 – 200m freestyle and 2 minute float
  • U13 – 200m freestyle and 3 minute float

Swim proficiencies are scheduled for Sunday 15th September, 2019 at Coughlans Swim Centre – Warners Bay – 11am to 1pm.

If possible, it is strongly recommended that Under 8 to 13 age groups attend this session, as once the Nippers season starts proficiency will be held at Newcastle Baths (Cold!)

Children are encourage to bring swim caps and goggles.


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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.


2019-20 Nobbys SLSC Junior Activities Co-ordinator (JAC) is Peter Hayes 0410 221 980 or

2019-20 Junior Carnival Co-ordinator is Brad Thomas 0409 514 936.

2019-20 Director of Surf Sports is Brad Thomas 0409 514 936

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