Nippers

Have fun and learn how to stay safe at the beach

Nippers is BACK and registrations are open!

Nippers Program details

Sandon Point prides itself in having the largest number of Nippers in the Illawarra. Our Nipper Program is for kids aged 5 to 14 years old and occurs every 2 weeks. It is a great way for children to make friends, be active and learn how to enjoy the beach safely. Nippers learn about surf awareness and safety and as they progress through the various age groups, nippers undergo lessons in wading, running, ocean swimming, board paddling and lifesaving skills as well as learning the basics of resuscitation and first aid.

We are looking forward to welcoming our Nippers to the upcoming season. To ensure we are all kept safe during the new season and to comply with the NSW Health guidelines, this year Nippers will look slightly different.

We are excited to announce that our first Nippers Day will be 5 December 2021. We have also locked in our Nippers Outline for this season. Make sure you book these key dates for your diary.

EventDateTimeDay
Proficiency 107/11/211.30pm – 3.30pm (at the Uni Pool) Sun
Proficiency 214/11/219.30am – 11.30am (at the Uni Pool)Sun
Nippers 105/12/219.45am – 11.30amSun
Nippers 219/12/219.45am – 11.30amSun
Nippers 316/01/229.45am – 11.30amSun
Nippers 422/01/222.15pm to 5pmSat
Nippers 530/01/229.45am – 11.30amSun
Nippers 613/02/229.45am – 11.30amSun
Nippers 719/02/222.15pm to 5pmSat
Nippers 827/02/229.45am – 11.30amSun
Nippers 913/03/229.45am – 11.30amSun
Nippers 1026/03/222.15pm to 5pmSat
*U14 SRC training details will be emailed to each U14 participant individually.

View the Nippers Outline for the 2021/22 season

Things to know:

  • Nipper registrations are open
  • Our first nippers day is 5 December 2021
  • Our last nippers day is 26 March 2022
  • All registrations must be done online.
  • New nipper members must have a financial parent member registered
  • New nipper members must send the club registrar (clubregistrar@sandonpointsurfclub.org.au) a copy of their birth certificate
  • When registering please ensure you pay at the same time.
  • A reminder if using active kids voucher it can only be used for the nominated child

If you have any other queries, please contact us at nippers@sandonpointsurfclub.org.au.

Active Kids Voucher

Sandon Point SLSC is an NSW Active Kids Provider! If you use your $100 NSW Active Kids Voucher to pay for your child’s registration, you will receive a club hat.

NSW Active Kids Vouchers can only be redeemed for the child whose name is on the Active kids voucher. No refunds will be given for credit not used. When you pay online, the system will ask you to put your Active Kids voucher information into the system so please have your voucher ready.

We are committed to keeping all members of the club safe, and we thank you for your support and understanding in these changing times.

All about Nippers at Sandon Point

Nippers 2021/2022 Calendar

Nippers 2021/2022 Calendar

Nippers meet fortnightly on Sundays commencing at 10:00am (arrival time is 9:30am). The Nippers season runs from December to March. 

  • Our first nippers day will be 5 December 2021
  • Our last nippers day will be 26 March 2022
Nippers Outline 2021-2022
Nipper Age Groups for the 2021/22 season

Nipper Age Groups for the 2021/22 season

Birthdate between these dates Age Group
1 October 2014 – 30 September 2015 U/6
1 October 2013 – 30 September 2014 U/7
1 October 2012 – 30 September 2013 U/8
1 October 2011 – 30 September 2012 U/9
1 October 2010 – 30 September 2011 U/10
1 October 2009 – 30 September 2010 U/11
1 October 2008 – 30 September 2009 U/12
1 October 2007 – 30 September 2008 U/13
1 October 2006 – 30 September 2007 U/14
Requirements

Requirements

Nippers is open to all kids between the ages of 5-14 years. Please note children must have turned 5 years old by the 30th of September before they can become a Nipper member. 
Before a child can participate in any Nipper’s event, they must complete the Preliminary Skills Evaluation. Nippers U6 to U14 are required to attend the Sandon Point Proficiency Swim. See season program proficiency dates.
Please note: At least one parent or legal guardian must be a financial Sandon Point SLSC member as part of the Nipper family membership.

View Preliminary Skills Evaluation
Uniform

Uniform

Our Sandon Point Surf Club Nippers uniforms give our Nippers a sense of belonging to the Club. 
Compulsory items:

  • Sandon Point Nippers cap. 
  • Fluorescent pink hi-visibility rash vest. Compulsory during all water based activities.

Optional items:

  • Sandon Point Beach SLSC swimwear

If your child would like to compete in events at carnivals, they will need to be in full competition uniform. (Sandon Point SLSC cozzies, skull cap, and pink hi-vis rash)

Find out about Uniforms
How Nippers Days will run

How Nippers Days will run

Following on from the success of the beach setup of 2020/2021, our nipper groups will be split into 2 areas as follows. Each area will be roped off with bunting. Only our nippers and qualified volunteers can enter these areas. As we are commencing our nippers’ days after 01/12/21, there will be no requirement to check in with QR codes (this is our current information, however this is subject to change). 

North area: U6, U7, U8, U9, U10

South area: U11, U12, U13

 

U14's

U14's

U14 SRC training will be conducted during the nipper days. Once the U14s have successfully completed their SRC, they will be asked to assist with completing water safety. This is an important aspect of our nipper’s development from those that need help, to those that provide help. The young nippers love getting help from the big kids. With the SRC award, our U14s are qualified to start patrolling our wonderful beach. If your U14 child is keen to do patrols, please let your U14 age manager know, and they will forward your request onto our Club Captain.

Nippers FAQs

Children must be 5 years old by the end of September in the year in which they join. For the 2020/21 season, the cut off is 30 September 2015.

  • Sandon Point skull cap
  • Pink hi-vis rash vest
  • Sandon Point cozzies
  • Goggles
  • Water to drink
  • Suncream
  • Towel
  • Parent or Guardian

Yes. One parent or guardian responsible for that child needs to remain on the beach with their child at all times.

Children can only join on their own once they reach the age of 15, up until then, any child must join with their parents.

See Memberships here