Have fun and learn how to stay safe at the beach

Nipper Registrations are now open. 

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. Whilst the recent lifting of restrictions has lessened the impact of COVID-19, Nippers will look different this season.

To ensure we are all kept safe during the new season and to comply with the NSW Health guidelines, this year Nippers will have the following key features:

  • Our first nippers day will be 08/11/2020
  • Our last nippers day will be 21/03/2021
  • All registrations must be done online. We will not be having any registration days this year. See SPSLSC Registration and Eligibility form below for more info.
  • Our first pool proficiency will be 25/10/20 (timing and location TBC).
  • Our final pool proficiency will be 01/11/20 (timing and location TBC).

There will be no additional proficiencies besides the 2 x dates we have provided. All registrations and payments must be complete before you attend proficiency – no exceptions.

Age Group Spilt
  • We are splitting the age groups into a morning and an afternoon session as follows:
    • 10am start: U6, U8, U10, U12
    • 12pm start: U7, U9, U11, U13
    • U14 SRC training will be conducted during the nippers days – details to follow.
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, a $55 credit will be recorded by the club for your child to be used for clothing or carnival registrations.

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. As Government restrictions change prior to season start, we will endeavour to update you on information as it becomes available

All about Nippers at Sandon Point

Nippers 2020/2021 Calendar

Nippers 2020/2021 Calendar

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

  • Our first nippers day will be 08/11/2020
  • Our last nippers day will be 21/03/2021

We are splitting the age groups into a morning and an afternoon session as follows:

  • 10am start: U6, U8, U10, U12
  • 12pm start: U7, U9, U11, U13
  • U14 SRC training will be conducted during the nippers days – details to follow.
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Nipper Age Groups for the 2020/21 season

Nipper Age Groups for the 2020/21 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


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


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
Nippers COVID-19 information

Nippers COVID-19 information

  • We are allowed to have one parent per child
  • We are encouraging turn up, participate and leave. Arrive ready to go and leave immediately following the conclusion of the activity.
  • We will not be running the BBQ at the moment until restrictions ease, or until such time that we believe we can safely manage this activity.
  • The nippers area will be segregated from onlookers/supporters:
    • Only qualified persons will be allowed to enter the segregated area to assist with the nippers activities.
    • If you would like to gain your age managers qualification, please email the club at
  • We have appointed a COVID Marshall for the club.

Sign up for Nippers

Registrations for the 2020/21 season are now open. Please join or renew your membership by clicking on the link below.

Join or renew your membership today

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