Nippers Handbook

Welcome back to the 2011/2018 Nipper season at Batemans Bay SLSC.


We hope that this season will be as successful as last year and we look forward to watching our nippers develop into junior Surf Life Savers throughout the year.  


We strongly believe in the value of surf education and the well being of our children at the beach.

Nipper Contacts

Nipper Co-ordinators

Tracy Reedy



Bron Taylor, Sue Daniel, Colin Knight


Age Managers

U 6/7 - Scott Haynes, Sam Wilson

U/8  -  Deb Livermore, James Patten-richens

U 9/10 -  Leanne Turner, Jess Tober

U 11/12 -  Karen Wallace

U 13/14 - Tayla Wallace, Chris Smithers

Other Useful Contacts

Club President

Colin Knight


Club Vice President

Ken Bellete


Club Captian

Harley Dengate


Club Chief Instructor

Anthony Bellette


Club Secretary

Mat Harris

Nipper Activites

Nippers is held Sunday mornings between 10.00am and 12.00pm.


Parents must accompany their child to their respective age group on the beach.  This is not a child minding service and all parents/caregivers are expected to remain on the beach throughout Nippers.  This ensures that the child’s Age Managerknows who they have in their care and that a parent is close should they need to contact them for any reason.


There are set activities and events for all Nippers to participate in.  They are designed by Surf Life Saving Australia to combine the elements of education, such as team cooperation, knowledge of the beach and of surf conditions, as well as physical skills. The knowledge and skills learnt at Nippers are skills for life.

Why Junior Surf Lifesaving?

Junior Surf Life Saving (Nippers) is one of the fundamental areas of the Life Saving movement.


Being a member of Batemans Bay SLSC allows your child to have an identity within Surf Life Saving Australia and know that they are part of a great national tradition that is identified worldwide.


Our Club offers every child an opportunity to develop confidence and skills in and out of the water with the added bonus of having fun along the way.


Nippers is often seen as being for those kids that are good at swimming and surfing - this is not the case.  It is vitally important that all children have knowledge of the hidden dangers of our beaches.  During the season every child is shown (in a way that they are able to understand) a little about the dangers of the surf and ways to avoid getting intodifficulties in and out of the water.  This is part of the National Surf Education Program. This is an ideal way of introducing inexperienced and frightened children to the surf environment.


Children who satisfy the Surf Life Saving Australia standards of water proficiency can enjoy the water activities.  These include swimming in the surf and board paddling.


For those who are not ready to obtain water proficiency, there are beach-based activities to participate in until they gain the necessary skills and confidence.  Beach activities include Beach Sprints, Beach Sprint Relays, Flags, Wades, Surf Education (theory), March Past, and other fun activities

What do they learn?

Whilst providing a platform for fun, enjoyment and competition at an individual or team level, all children are encouraged to participate in junior Surf Life Saving awards appropriate to their age group.

Surf Education is a series of graded activities that aims to teach children the basics facts about the beach, the water and the environment.

The Surf education program covers, Surf Awareness, Surf Safety, Surf Smart and Surf Rescue.


Nippers are also taught the fundamental skills of both the beach and water activities to prepare them for the carnivals should they want to enter into the carnivals.