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.


Sawtell Junior Member Handbook

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

Junior Member Handbook September 2018


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


The Nippers Event Calendar:

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

JASC Calendar 2018 2019


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 2019 Minutes

AGM 2018 Minutes amended

AGM 2017 Minutes


Sawtell SLSC Junior Activities Sub-Committee (JASC) 2019-20

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

Publicity Officer – Caroline Dunphy

Sponsorship Coordinator -vacant

Competition Manager – Alex Fraser

Gear and Maintenance Coordinator – Dave O’leary

Clothing Coordinator – Jane Ryan

Social Coord yet to be filled (nominations welcome)

Awards Coordinator – Alex Fraser and Renee Howard


Age Managers

U6 – …….. Asst Renee Howard

U7 – Sally Kinnaird,   ….

U8Tiffany Easman, Russ Day.

U9 – Rich McKeon, Caroline Dunphy, Carney Peters, Jody Jenkins

U10 – Matt Ryan, Amy Bennett, Anastasia Golden

U11Mark Mulholland, Luke Williams, Bec’ Wark.

U12Anna Ricketson, Julie Dart, Jo O’leary.

U13Bob Aspden, Libby Waugh, Garth Lewis.

U14Mia McKeon, Clover Bourne, Rhys Mulholland, Mitchell Hickey, Finn Klinkers.