Since 1923

What’s Involved

To become a member of Nobbys you must provide your Working With Children number (WWC). Click here for information.

Becoming a Lifesaver

You can start your community career as a Surf Life Saver as young as 7 years old and continue right throughout your life.

Between the ages of 7 to 13, children can join the ranks of “Juniors” where on average, clubs run “Junior Activities” or Nippers every Sunday morning during the summer months. These Sundays allow young children to kick start their Surf Life Saving career with enjoyable activities that are age specific, on the beach and in the water.

Students from the age of 13 can start achieving qualifications that allow them to patrol the Australian Beaches. These qualifications, such as the Surf Rescue Certificate, give the opportunity for students to learn essential life skills such as Resuscitation.


You become a First Year Rookie when you achieve your Surf Rescue Certificate at the age of 13 years (Under 14). On passing assessment you attend at Graduation and receive your Passport Year 1, Rookie Patrol Shirt, Shorts and sunhat. This all happens at your club and you are recognised by your peers.

It is hoped that the Under 14 members would then have a smooth transition to Seniors, whilst the club observes member retention and youth development.

This fantastic program aims to provide a smooth transition from Nippers to Senior lifesaving, gives you hands on beach & patrol experience, teaches you essential rescue and lifesaving skills in a fun environment and lifestyle and `bridges the gap’ between Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion award candidates.

This course has a focus NOT on competition but personal development, social get- togethers and lifesaving.

Opportunities Available

  • Lifesaving and awards (ie. Radio Operators, Apply First Aid, Resuscitation Certificate)
  • Support to other nippers – Under 14s can provide good role models to younger nippers. Some Under 14s might like to support other Age Managers delivering some skills and knowledge lessons
  • Other areas of the club – coaching, officiating, administration, training and assessing

The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Rookie Program was developed to assist with the education and retention of our 13 to 14 year old members through a structured development program.

Aims of the Rookie Lifesaver Program

  • Develop the surf lifesaving skills of young members
  • Provide a transition between nipper and senior lifesavng
  • Provide a structured career path in surf lifesaving
  • Provide a smooth transition and ready flow of active members from junior ranks by providing a programme of practical lifesaving development
  • Involve and encourage respective Parents to become involved in both active service and administration at club level
  • Develop strong ties between Senior and Junior Members as a result of involvement in this programme
  • Club patrols will become more efficient as patrol members become involved with the development of juniors whilst on patrol.


After the Rookie program lifesavers can do their lifesaving award or Bronze Medallion. Many parents decide to do a lifesaving course when their children start nippers. These qualifications allow parents to join in and do water safety for the children who are swimming, patrol the beaches on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. It is a rewarding role helping to keep the beach safe for the public, particularly visitors to the area. You make a heap of friends and keep a little bit fit at the same time.

Check out the Education section for more information.

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