Surf life saving is an amazing activity for growing a child's confidence, knowledge and skills in the beach environment.

Your child will have fun and meet new friends, moreover they will become part of an iconic organisation that has served the Australian community for over 100 years.
The juniors of today are the future of surf life saving and that is not lost on Surf Life Saving NT and our clubs. Every club in Australia offers a nippers program, all with various styles and sizes.

If your children would like to become involved in Nippers, contact your local surf life saving club.

What Do Nippers Learn?

  • Surf Awareness:
    not only are surf skills required in conquering conditions, but a knowledge of where the dangers are and how to read the surf are essential ingredients in keeping safe at the beach.\

  • Individual Safety:
    this deals with recognising potential risks that we all face when visiting the beach, and in life in general.

  • Lifesaving Skills:
    this learning area starts to introduce our Nippers to the role we hope they undertake as they grow and develop into future lifesavers.

  • Surf Sport Skills:
    Nippers learn a variety of skills to help them develop confidence and introduce them to surf life saving’s various surf sport events, such as swimming, board racing, and beach flags, to name a few.

Nippers is not only a fun way for your child to enjoy the beach in a safe environment, it also offers children an educational pathway through the delivery of the SLSA Junior Development Program. This program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will pathway them to becoming a fully rounded participant in both lifesaving and sport - we like to call it 'Serious Fun'.

 Further information related to:
- Junior Development Program click here 
- Foundation skills framework click here
- Preliminary Skill Evaluation click here

To join Nippers and the Junior Development Program, contact your local club.