About Nippers

Join or rejoin for the 2018/19 season now!  See below.

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.


Sawtell Junior Member Handbook

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

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


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 sessions.

Details of Nipper registration for 2018-19 season can be found here:

Nippers 2018-19



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.


Nipper News

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

Sawtell Nippers APP

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

Sawtell Nippers AGM – Minutes

AGM 2018 Minutes amended

AGM 2017 Minutes


Sawtell SLSC Junior Activities Sub-Committee (JASC) 2018-19

Chairman – Gerard Klinkers

Vice Chairman – Phillip White

Secretary – Tiffany Easman

Treasurer – Jo O’Leary

Registrar – Jo McKeon

Beach Superintendent – Pete Singleton

Water Safety Coordinator – John Welch and Andy Manning

Publicity Officervacant

Sponsorship Coordinatorvacant

Competition Manager – Susan Fischer

Gear and Maintenance Coordinator – Mark Sherrin and Dave O’leary

Clothing Coordinator – Jane Ryan and Sally Kinaird

Social Coord yet to be filled (nominations welcome)

Awards Coordinator – Alex Fraser and Jo McKeon


Age Managers

U6 – TBC

U7 – Tiff Easman. Assts:   TBC

U8 – Michael Weaver.   Asst: TBC

U9 -Matt Ryan.   Asst: Bob Aspden

U10 -Mark Mulholland.   Assts: Luke Williams, Rebecca Wark

U11 -Rick Fischer.   Assts: Julie Dart, Jo O’leary

U12 -Matt Zimmer.   Asst: Libby Waugh

U13 – Dave O’leary.   Assts: Johnny Welch and Poul Nielsen

U14 -Gerard Klinkers, Rich McKeon, Mal Hill.   Asst: Susan Hickey