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.

Parent Responsibility 

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.


Working with Children Check:

Some adult member positions must have a Working With Children Check before engaging in activities with nippers.   Click below for information.

2019 SLSNSW Working with Children Check Requirements

Sawtell Junior Member Handbook

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

Junior Member Handbook Sawtell Nippers – Season 2019-20 (Final-2)

Join or rejoin Sawtell Nippers Online

If you’d like to join Sawtell Nippers (as a Nipper or Parent), you’ll need to become a ‘member’ of the Club and Surf Life Saving Australia, which you can do online.    Click on the link… Join/Rejoin SLSA and Sawtell SLSC and follow the prompts.

If you’d like to re-join Sawtell Nippers (renew your membership), you’ll need to go to the same link and follow the prompts.

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 evaluation sessions.

Nipper registration for 2020/21 season is…… TBA

Message from Nippers registrar – Alex Fraser:
Returning nippers, from under 8’s and up,  will need to complete their swim and float on this day between 10.15 am and 12.15 pm. There will not be another opportunity to complete the swim until the season starts on the ………….  2020.
Renewals can be done online before this date by using the link from the Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club webpage or going directly to the members area at SLSNSW webpage. All renewing members will need to be financial before the season starts
Active kids vouchers can be used as well.
Ages 6-7 are $75
Ages 8-14 are $120
Parent helper is $55
3 or more children in one family is capped at $300
If you need a new coloured cap to wear on Sunday’s these will available at $10 each, Black and White competition caps will also be available for under 8’s and up at $15 each. There are pink rashies available at a cost of $25 each, there are also new Engine brand rashies in sizes 6 and 8 available at $30 each and a very limited supply of $10 Bonds rash t-shirts in sizes 10 and up only. Other clothing items and swimwear will also be available to purchase.
If you have any questions or queries or are having trouble renewing your membership please contact me by phone 0447572850 or email afraser21@bigpond.com.
If you are not planning on continuing Nippers, could you also let me know so I can take you off this email list.
Kind regards
Alexandra Fraser


The Nippers Event Calendar:

Click on the link below for the calendar of events for the season (n.b. event dates do occasionally change)

Nippers Calendar 2019-2020


Need more information?

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

Alex Fraser (Nippers Registrar)
Mobile: 0447 572 850
Email: afraser21@bigpond.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.


Nipper News

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

The Sawtell Nippers APP

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

Sawtell Nippers AGM – Minutes

AGM 2020 Minutes

AGM 2019 Minutes

AGM 2018 Minutes amended

AGM 2017 Minutes


The Nippers Committee

‘Nippers’ is actually run by a sub-committee of the Club and is more formally known as the Sawtell SLSC Junior Activities Sub-Committee (JASC).    The current committee members for the 2019-20 season are:

Chairman – Gerard Klinkers

Vice Chairman – Rich McKeon

Secretary – Tiffany Easman

Treasurer – Jo O’Leary

Registrar – Alex Fraser

Beach Superintendent – David O’leary

Water Safety Coordinator – Andy Manning, Libby Waugh.

Publicity Officer – Caroline Dunphy

Sponsorship Coordinator -Monica Wordsworth

Competition Manager – Alex Fraser (State & Country carnivals); Deb Reinholdtsen (Branch Carnival)

Gear and Maintenance Coordinator – Dave O’leary, Garth Lewis, Mark Mulholland.

Clothing Coordinator – Jane Ryan

Social Coord yet to be filled (nominations welcome)

Awards Coordinator – Alex Fraser


Age Managers

U6 – Russ Day

U7 – Julie Doust

U8 – Erin Powell, Andy Manning.

U9 – Tiffany Easman

U10 – Rich McKeon, Caroline Dunphy, Carney Peters, Jody Jenkins

U11 -Matt Ryan, Amy Bennett, Anastasia Golden

U12 -Mark Mulholland, Luke Williams, Bec’ Wark.

U13 – Julie Dart, Jo O’leary.

U14 – Andrew Martin, Monica Wordsworth, Libby Waugh.


Mia McKeon, Clover Bourne, Rhys Mullholland, Mitchell Hickey, Finn Klinkers, Jensen O’Leary, Maggie McConnachie.