Monday 30 December 2019 to Saturday 11 January 2020

The First Nippers Program in Australia

The Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club is a pioneer of Victorian Surf Life Saving. In 1967 the Club Captain, John Turner commenced a program for junior surf life savers after seeing a similar program in the United States. The program trained children in surf awareness, surf life saving competition, basic first aid and resuscitation, as well as being an avenue to membership recruitment. Over time, this area has developed to become a major focus of Surf Life Saving across Australia.


The Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club bases the Nipper program at Santa Casa Beach, at the end of Henry Street in Queenscliff.


Nippers start learning about surf awareness and safety through the program. They are also able to participate in board paddling, surfing, swimming, running, wading and other fun activities and games. Practising these skills allows children to compete in Club, Regional and State Surf Life Saving Carnivals representing their Club. Surf Life Saving Australia also conducts development camps in every state. During the season our Head Coach will be offering specialised Aquatic Sports training opportunities to Nippers. 

Age Groups 

Children can join Point Lonsdale's Nippers at any age from U/8 (7yrs) to U/13 (12yrs). All clubs affiliated with Surf Life Saving Australia use 30 September as their age calculation date.

Our club does not offer an Under 6 or Under 7 program, therefore all children must be a minimum age of 7 years, as of 30 September to join Point Lonsdale's Nippers.

The Nipper program is not a learn to swim program and your children should be confident in swimming in ocean conditions. See more information about this topic in the How To Apply section.

Swim Test Form

Special Needs

We welcome participation by children with special needs; see the Starfish Nippers section for more information.

Parent Helper Roster

We rely solely on volunteers to run the Nipper program. To spread the load across the whole Nipper Community, it is a requirement of all Nipper families to sign up to help on at least two occasions. This is a great way to get to know people and really get involved!