Since 1923

‘Nobbys Nippers’ Program

***Registrations for the 2020/21 Nobbys SLSC Nipper Season have officially CLOSED. Due to COVID restrictions no new memberships can be accepted under any condition from October 01st 2020. Thank you for your understanding ***

Click HERE or the image above to view our ‘Nipper Covid_19 Safety Plan’


2020/21 Nipper Handbook – Click HERE

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Nobbys SLSC Nipper Season

  • Registration Dates (go to becoming a member) for information for 2020-2021 – New members must bring their birth certificate
  • Tuesday 24 September 2020 – Volunteer Briefing – Zoom Session
  • Thursday 01 October 2020 – Nipper parent briefing & expectations re COVID 19 – Zoom Session – Details supplied via Team App
  • Uniform Store – TBA – Details supplied via Team App
  • Sunday 11 October 2020 – Swim Proficiency-1 under 8’s and above – Coghlans Swim Centre, Warners Bay – 12.30pm
  • Sunday 18 October 2020 – Swim Proficiency-2 under 12’s and above – Williamtown RAFF Base 9.00am – Meet Nobbys Surf Club, Williamtown RAAF base registration required.
  • Sunday 18 October 2020 – Age Manager and Volunteer Orientation – Nobbys SLSC 9.00am
  • Sunday 25 October 2020 – Nippers 1st Day – Marshalling at 8.45am for 9.00am start
  • Saturday 13 December 2020 – Nippers Xmas Fun
  • Sunday 20 December 2020 – Nippers Summer holiday break
  • Sunday 17 January 2021 – 1st Nippers after break – 8.45am for 9.00am start.
  • Nippers Club Championships Practice – TBC
  • Nippers Club Championships – TBC
  • Last Nippers – TBC
  • Nippers Presentation – TBC

Nippers 2020/21 Carnival Dates – To Be Advised

  • Round 1
  • Round 2
  • Round 3
  • Round 4
  • Open & Age Championships

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 11th October, 2020 at Coughlans Swim Centre – Warners Bay – 12.30pm (Under 8’s to 11’s only).

Sunday 18th October, 2020 at Williamtown RAFF Base – Meet at Nobbys at 9.00am (Under 12’s & above).

If possible, it is strongly recommended that Under 8 to 13 age groups attend these sessions, 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.


2020-21 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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