About Nippers

Nippers is a fun, activity-based program that teaches kids valuable surf skills, knowledge and awareness in a safe beach environment. On the way, kids make new friends, build their confidence and have the opportunity to compete in fantastic beach and surf events.   A Surf Rescue Certificate is awarded to all Nippers who successfully complete the program (at U14 level), allowing them to participate in Surf Life Saving patrols.   With further training Nippers can also become qualified surf lifesavers.

Note to parents.  

If your child is participating in a nippers activity or training session, you must be on the beach near to where the coach/Age Manager can find and speak with you should the need arise.   The only exception to this is:

  • when that child has completed their Surf Rescue Certificate, or

  • the Age Manager/coach has given express permission.

Some parents continue to leave their child with the coach and then leave the beach.  This is unacceptable and unfair to the coach/Age Manager.


Click below for everything you need to know about being a nipper or nipper-parent.

Download PDF – Junior Member Handbook (Updated 15 Jan 2017)



You can become a Sawtell Nipper by completing our online registration form.

All new and returning Nippers will also need to successfully complete a preliminary skills evaluation by attending one of the  supervised pool swims, and will need to bring proof of age, swimmers and goggles. There is no recreational swimming at these sessions.

Details of Nipper registration for 2017-18 season can be found here:

Nippers 2017-18


Need more information?

For further details about Nippers registration including starting age, age categories, pool swim certificate requirements, merchandise and fees please contact:

Joanne McKeon (Registrar)
Mobile: 0414 506450
Email: joannemckeon@gmail.com

Join Sawtell Nippers this summer and gain skills that will stick to the soul like sand from the beach.

Important! Given the environment in which we undertake our activities it is mandatory for the Preliminary Evaluation swim and Registration to be completed prior to any Nipper activities being undertaken.



For the latest ‘Nippers News’, read the Club’s monthly Newsletter.   Go to.. News.. then… Newsletters.


Sawtell Nippers now has its own App. For further information click the following:
team app


AGM 2017 Minutes



Chairman – Gerard de Carle

Vice Chairman – Phillip White

Secretary – Tiffany Easman

Treasurer – Jo O’Leary

Registrar – Jo McKeon

Beach Superintendent – Pete Singleton

Water Safety Coordinator – yet to be filled (nominations welcome)

Publicity Officer – Matt Nulty

Sponsorship Coordinator – Shelley Lantry

Gear and Maintenance Coordinator – Shannon Wilson

Clothing Coordinator – Raelene Carey and Megan Pengelly

Social Coord – yet to be filled (nominations welcome)

Awards Coordinator – Alex Fraser and Jo McKeon


Age Managers

U6 – yet to be filled (nominations welcome)

U7 – Mel Robinson

U8 – Matt Ryan

U9 – Mark Mulholland

U10 – Leanne Stuart/Rick Fischer/Julie Dart

U11 – Matt Zimmer

U12 – Dave O’Leary/Poul Nielsen

U13 – Gerard Klinkers/Rich McKeon

U14 – Dave Blaxland