Nippers is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment.
In Victoria over 8,000 Nippers aged between 7 and 13 years hit our beaches each summer as part of the Junior Nipper Program. This equates to approximately 32% of Surf Life Saving Victoria's total membership and continues to grow steadily.
Are you aged 7-13 and enjoy...
Going to the beach? Making new friends? Keeping fit and learning new skills?
If the answer is "yes" then the OGSLSC Nippers program could be for you.
In 2020/2021 due to recent COVID restrictions the OGSLSC will run a tiered program that will hopefully suit your Nipper's area of development as well as keeping our group sizes to the allowable limit of 10 participants per group.
Surf Education is fully covered under family membership.
Those who choose to participate in Sunday Nippers and/or Surf Sport pay a $30 levy for the season, which goes towards maintenance of Nipper trailer, marquees etc.
A $50 Board Levy also applies for children using club boards. Levies do not necessarily have to be paid upfront - families will be reminded and invoiced in January.
Session dates and times are posted to the Calendar on this website (Home/Calendar).
We require members to pay for carnival entries up front, once you decide to enter. Members who do not pay upfront will not be entered.
Standard carnivals $32
State Champs $48
Add your child's name to this document by the due date (as per Team App): Carnival entry document and make payment at same time.
Surf Education Intensive Program
An intensive 6 session program (Christmas period) where children start learning about surf awareness, safety and surf skills based around the Surf Life Saving Education Program (Surf Ed) and develop and practice those skills while gradually teaching kids basic lifesaving skills required to be safe around an aquatic environment. This is done in an environment of fun, healthy lifestyle and camaraderie which is unique to surf life saving.
When: Sunday mornings (Starting 6 December)
The core nipper program runs on a Sunday morning. Children start learning about surf awareness, safety and surf skills based around the Surf Life Saving Education Program (Surf Ed) and develop and practice those skills.
This National program is structured specifically to their ages and abilities, gradually teaching kids basic lifesaving skills required to be safe around an aquatic environment as well as developing their skills to compete in surf sports and become future life savers.
This is done in an environment of fun, healthy lifestyle and camaraderie which is unique to surf life saving. Coaches will assess and cater for a variety of abilities.
During each Nippers session kids are able to participate in board paddling, swimming, running, wading and other activities and games based at Ocean Grove beach.
The main aims of the core program are to:
- Develop surf awareness
- Increase confidence and skills in beach related activities
- Build the lifesavers of the future
- Provide training for competition or awards
- Progress members towards surf awards for relevant age groups
- Encourage enjoyable and healthy participation
- Promote a positive non-threatening environment
- Meet new friends and have heaps of FUN!
Surf Sports Program
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
The Nipper Sports Program has been specifically designed to cater for Nippers wishing to take Nippers further to hone their skills for competition. It is a progressive program to offer nippers a range of training sessions that build on the core Sunday program.
In the training sessions there will be a greater focus on refining skills and developing endurance and fitness to support their participation in competition.
While it is not essential that kids participating in this aspect of the program compete in carnivals, kids need to be aware that this is the focus of the program and that they will be supported and encouraged to challenge themselves.
The main aims of the core program are to:
- Further refine key skills
- Develop competition skills
- Develop surf sport confidence in the water
- Develop surf sport fitness and speed
Surf Sports Introduction (U8-U13)
When: Friday night training (intensity level/tier 1) 5.30-6.30pm
Friday night training is the first step in surf sport training to building on Nippers core skills. The Friday night sessions will work through all disciplines with a focus on refining skills, confidence and building fitness in the surf and on the beach.
Surf Sports Beach training (U8-U13)
When: Wednesday night (intensity level/tier 2) 5.00-5.30pm
The Wednesday night beach training is a flexible session that is delivered at the Beach or local sports reserves. The focus of the session is on building running skills and technique and an element of running fitness.
Surf Sports - Board training (U8-U13)
When: Wednesday night (intensity level/tier 2) 6.00-6.30pm
The Wednesday night Board training is a flexible session that is delivered at the Barwon River or at the beach. The focus of the session is on building Board skills and technique and an element of Board fitness.
Surf Sports - Performance training (U11/12/13 Only)
When: Tuesday night (intensity level/tier 3) 6.00-7.00pm
The Tuesday night Performance training is a targeted training session that is for U11-U13 Nippers wishing to refine their surf sport skills, fitness and speed. This session is focused on getting kids ready for high level competition. A key element of these sessions will be drills and activities that work towards the iron event. Nippers need to have a high degree of proficiency and a desire to further progress in surf sports.