Nipper Parent Involvement

As a voluntary organisation we need help from you, the kids’ parents and guardians, to be able to make Sunday Nippers an enjoyable experience for all.

We are continually working to make the Sawtell a club where all children feel proud to be a member, where they learn individual and team skills on the beach and in the surf, and above all where they have a great time each weekend. We are always looking for volunteers to help in the surf education activities.

A parent or guardian MUST be at the beach with your child at all times during junior activities.

Junior Commitee

Clubs also need a team of volunteers to help lead and coordinate club activities, from the Club President to Treasurer there are a range of roles for all types of members. Join us today

Set up and Pack up

Helping with setting & packing up the beach before & after Nippers. Washing off boards & packing away all equipment after Nippers.

Age Managers.

Each age group has one or moreAge Managers. Age Manager/s (AMs) are responsible for: the general well-being of their group; monitoring the confidence and skill-levels of the Nippers in their group; coordinating activities; recommending team combinations for carnivals in communication with coaches; and ensuring their nippers are always safe. They are also a mentor for the group – a team leader – a person who assists their nippers to challenge themselves safely in an unpredictable environment. While not essential, it is preferred that AM’s hold Bronze Medallion certification.

Water Safety Personnel.

When the kids go out in the water, you will notice various members in orange rashies with them. These are Water Safety Personnel (must be proficient Bronze Medallion or SRC holders) who are there to help and encourage individuals when required. if interested in doing your Bronze Medallion or SRC please email for the next course running.

Beach Superintendent. 

The Beach Super’ is the overall coordinator of water activities and water safety during Nippers. The Beach Superintendent determines what happens and where, based on existing conditions. They also monitor and supervise activities in collaboration with Surf Patrol and IRB personnel, maintaining contact by radio at all times.

IRB and Crew.

IRB are the Inflatable Rescue Boats we use during Patrol and for Water Safety. There are always IRBs active in the water, ready and watching for your child’s safety during Nipper activities.

Officials for carnivals.

Without officials, there would be no competition at any level within SLSA. Officiating is an amazing way to experience competition within all levels of surf lifesaving, and even if you are a competitor, the additional knowledge of the process of your event will help you become a more complete athlete. At carnivals, each club is required to provide a minimum number of water safety and carnival officials. A ‘Carnival Officials’ course is also available for interested parents and is a great way for you to make a contribution as a parent helper.

For more information please email

Address: Cnr Fourth & Second Ave., Sawtell, NSW 2452

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