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Nipper Registration closed for new nippers on Friday 24/11/23.

Renewing families Nipper registration closes Friday 1/12/23


The Torquay Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) Nipper Program is open to children aged 5 to 13 beginning in October and continuing until the end of February/mid-March the following year.  Through delivery of the Torquay SLSC Nipper Program we aim to provide a pathway for future lifesavers through life saving skill development and surf sports.  We encourage families and friends to come together in a community service and to foster an appreciation and respect for the ocean and natural environment.

Nippers develop their surf skills like wading, surf swimming, board paddling and beach flags.  They learn about the dynamic beach and ocean environment and how to enjoy it safely with their friends and family.

As we are a community focused, volunteer run club we need all families to contribute to the running of our Nipper Program and the ongoing sustainability of our club.  There is a job for everyone, whether that’s selling merchandise, cooking sausages, helping with set up and pack down, fundraising and much more.  Please reach out to find out how you can help.

To participate in the Nipper Program, children must be part of a family membership at the Torquay SLSC for the current financial season 2023/24 which opened on 1 May 2023.

There are two components to the Torquay SLSC Nipper Program, the Summer Holiday Program and Junior Aquatic Surf Sports:


  • The Summer Holiday Program (SHP) is perfect for the new nipper!  We deliver an intensive surf education program where nippers learn about the ocean and beach safety and are taught a range of essential surf skills in a safe and fun environment.
  • Junior Aquatic Surf Sports is suited to nippers of all skills and abilities and all members are encouraged to take part.  Nippers will improve their standard of surf skills through regular training and will be supported to compete at carnivals and the Victorian Junior Championships.  The focus is on developing lifesaving skills and how they can apply them to competition in beach and water events.  They learn to build fitness and resilience whilst having lots of fun!


    This season’s Lorne training camp is from Friday 17 November until Sunday 19 November 2023 – All welcome.


    Our regular nipper surf sports training season will begin Sunday 15 October 2023.  This is for nipper age groups U8 – U13 and will run on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.  Times will be 9am – 10.30am on a Sunday and from 5.30pm – 6.30pm on a Wednesday afternoon.  U7 will begin on Sunday 22 October and will only run on a Sunday morning from 9.15am to 10.15am.  U6 will run only in the Summer Holiday Program.  U6 may start before the SHP if we can organise sufficient volunteers to run the age group.

    Age is taken on 30 September 2023.  Nippers must be at least 5 years of age and no older than 12 years of age on this date to be eligible for the nipper program.  Nipper age is set by Surf Life Saving Australia and is implemented by all clubs Australia wide.  Children who turn 5 after 30 September 2023 but before the start of the SHP may join in if there is room in the U6 age group.  This is at the discretion of the Director of Junior Development.



    Planned dates and timing for the 2023/24 Summer Holiday Program are from:

    Wednesday 27 December 2023 from 9am – 10.30am until Thursday 4 January 2024. 
    There is no session on New Year’s Day Monday 1st January 2024.

    We would encourage all nippers to enter the Cosy Corner Junior Carnival on Friday 5 January 2024.

    Presentation and disco date and time to be confirmed.



    Contact the Membership Office on 5261 4110 or [email protected]

    Nipper Registration closed for new nippers on Friday 24/11/23.

    Renewing families Nipper registration closes Friday 1/12/23