Nipper Information and Age Categories

Mission Statement

Our aim is to educate our children in the principles and skills associated with Junior Surf Lifesaving.
Our goal is to then assist our members to develop into active and responsible community citizens through the Australian Surf Lifesaving movement.

We will achieve these goals by:

  • Encouraging every child to strive towards achieving their best in all related activities.
  • Nurturing the values of teamwork and respect for their fellow members.
  • Providing a fun, safe, and non-discriminatory environment where the above values can be shared by all those wishing to participate.

Who Can Join Nippers?
Any child, aged between 5 and 14, may join Nippers. They do NOT have to be super competitors or super athletes. The emphasis is on skill development and FUN!

One of the best features of Nippers is seeing young children overcome their fear of the water. Children who are afraid of the water, through encouragement, education and training can become confident in the surf.

We encourage all parents to lend a hand and get involved, your children absolutely benefit from your own eagerness and involvement.

Nippers Age Categories for 2023/2024 Season

Age groups for all Surf Life Saving members are calculated by the current age as at midnight on September 30th of each year. For example, a child that is 9 years of age as of September 30th 2023, will be categorised as an U10 Nipper for the 2023/2024 season.

Note: A child cannot be involved in a Nippers program until they turn 5 years old and the SLSA system will not allow them to be registered if they are not already 5 years old. If your child is not 5 years before 30th September 2023, they will be unable to participate in Redhead Nippers this season.

See the table below for full details:

U14 – child has turned 13 on or before September 30th 2023
U13 – child has turned 12 on or before September 30th 2023
U12 – child has turned 11 on or before September 30th 2023
U11 – child has turned 10 on or before September 30th 2023
U10 – child has turned 9 on or before September 30th 2023
U9 – child has turned 8 on or before September 30th 2023
U8 – child has turned 7 on or before September 30th 2023
U7 – child has turned 6 on or before September 30th 2023
U6 – child has turned 5 on or before September 30th 2023

Function Booking

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