Nippers is for children aged 5yrs+ at September 30 (i.e. if aged 9, then you will be in U10), and occurs every Sunday (from October to March) between 9:00-10:00am.  Parents/Guardians need to sign their child in no later than 8.45am.  Participation in Nippers can only occur after the child has been signed in. Parents/Guardians need to also sign their child out after Nippers concludes.  During the season there are “Twilight” Nippers on a Saturday afternoon; check out the Nipper calendar for dates. Nippers focuses on both surf education and fun.

Surf Lifesaving Australia is committed to ensuring the safety of our children and young people. 

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Listed below are the age groups that members will be in for the 2018/19 season if they are born between the following dates: 

          U6*  1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013 -  Turning 6 between Oct- Sept

          U7    1st October 2011 to 30th September 2012  - Turning 7 between Oct- Sept

          U8    1st October 2010 to 30th September 2011  - Turning 8 between Oct- Sept

                                                    U9    1st October 2009 to 30th September 2010  - Turning 9 between Oct- Sept

U10   1st October 2008 to 30th September 2009  - Turning 10 between Oct-Sept

U11   1st October 2007 to 30th September 2008  - Turning 11 between Oct-Sept

U12   1st October 2006 to 30th September 2007  - Turning 12 between Oct-Sept

U13   1st October 2005 to 30th September 2006  - Turning 13 between Oct-Sept

U14   1st October 2004 to 30th September 2005   -Turning 14 between Oct -Sept


* Note: Children must be at least 5 years before they can be registered.  They can still start after the season commences, as soon as they turn       5.  This is a national standard.

All Nippers will participate in their age group on a weekly basis as this helps build strength between them for point scores. 

SLSA Membership Form

Nippers Child Protection Form

For registration enquiries, please contact the Junior Activities Coordinator - Joanne Fraser

Uniform Shop

Garment sizes can be checked and orders collected from 8:30 to 9:00 am Sunday mornings during the season.


2019 Nipper Proficiency Swim / Fun Day (U8 - U14 only)

All Nippers (excluding U6 and U7) must complete a pool swim before they are permitted to participate in any water activities at Nippers, including board training. This is a ruling handed down from Surf Life Saving Australia for the safety of your children.The cost for attending the proficiency swim is included in your registration fee. U6 & U7 age groups participate in their regular Nippers at Copacabana Beach.

 Age Group Skill Requirement 
 U8, U9  25m swim (any stroke) + 60sec survival float
 U10  25m swim (freestyle) + 90sec survival float
 U11, U12  50m/100m swim (freestyle) + 120 sec survival float
 U13  150m swim (freestyle) + 180sec survival float
 U14  200m swim (freestyle) less than 5 min + 180sec survival float

Competition & Carnivals

There are three Club Championship/Point Score sessions throughout the season for U8 to U14 age groups, where points are recorded for each child in each event, the best two point score days results will be used to award age champion. These point score days will also be used for team selections for carnivals.  U6 and U7 age groups also participate in point score days and are awarded place ribbons on the day, however these age groups are not awarded age championships......they're all “Champions”.



At the end of the season all children who attend 50% or more Nipper days will receive a participation trophy at the presentation night.


Inter-Club Competition

There are Nipper carnivals (inter-club competition) held at various beaches around the Central Coast during the season (October - March), and  usually held on weekends. Nipper carnivals have both individual and team events. While competitive, good sportsmanship, club representation and fun are the order of the day. Competitors and their families enjoy a great day (or two) representing Copacabana SLSC as a team! Carnivals are a great source of Club Spirit!


Copacabana SLSC must supply approximately 10-12 water safety officers per carnival, and one beach official for every seven competitors. Parents are encouraged to assist where possible. Age Manager and Official training courses are available for interested parents/guardians.


More information on events and rules can be obtained from


Clubs earn points from placings at carnivals and these go towards an annual Premiership. Winning clubs are awarded trophies or equipment at the end of the season. U6 and U7 age groups do not compete in carnivals. Where possible Nippers will still be held on carnival days for those age groups not involved and those who prefer not to compete.

You must inform your Age Manager (at least two weeks prior) if you're child wishes to compete at in a carnival, to allow for registration of the club competitors, selections of teams, allocation of officials and water safety personnel.  Contact your Age Manager or the Junior Team Manager for more information.


Competition Officials
Every surf club is required to supply Competition Officials at carnivals.  Surf clubs are required to supply a certain amount of officials according to the number of competitors competing.  Please contact your Age Manager if your interested in becoming a Competition Official.


Carnival Training
Training is held on Sunday (10.15 – 11.15am) after Nippers, and provides the opportunity to develop and improve competition skills. See the Surf Sports page of the website for more information. Competition training is not compulsory, however if a child wishes to attend a training session, they must first attend the 9:00am Surf Education session (normal Nippers session).


Nippers aged U8 to U14 who wish to compete at carnivals (even in beach events) are also required to do further proficiency testing at the beach. They must complete an open water swim, this will be done during Nippers on Sundays.


Costs of Carnival Participation

Entry fees for local nipper carnivals are included in your membership. If you wish to compete at the State Age Championships, entry fees are payable. Nippers are to advise their Age Managers two weeks before each carnival if they wish to compete.

Nipper Contacts (see Contact Us)

Director of Member Services: Overseers all junior activities for the club. 

JAC or Junior Activities Coordinator: Coordinates all Nipper activities.

Junior Team Manager: Coordinates Nipper competition, including team selections, coaching/training and club representatives at carnivals.

Age Managers: Parents are encouraged to become involved in some way with their child’s Nipper activities. Please contact your child’s Age Manager to see how you can become involved.

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