Junior carnivals (inter-club competition) are held at ocean beaches, and one or two in the bay, around Victoria each season. They are usually held on Saturdays or Sundays, spread throughout the summer from December till March. Competitors and their families often enjoy a great weekend trip up the Surf Coast.

Carnivals are a great place to compete as an individual and in teams. Children from the ages of 7 to 13 years as at 30th Septembe can participate in Junior carnivals. At junior levels our club focus is more on fun and learning rather than winning. A child’s best is always good enough. Health, improvement and good sportsmanship should be seen as the primary goals.

Both individual and team events are available for the nippers to participate in. Click on the Nippers Competition Program Information Sheet to see a list of the events held at Junior carnivals. These events incorporate a number of disciplines, which may also begin to teach the basics in rescue techniques, such as the board rescue event. Please note competition events are not held for Nippers in the Under 7 age group and Under 8 nippers do not compete in the State Championships.

Competition Training

Competition training for the U13 and U14 age groups continues throughout the year with the Senior Squad. Details of training sessions are available for download from the website. Competition training for the Under 8 to Under 14 Nipper age groups continues after the JSLP in February, every Sunday from 10.00am to 12.00 pm till the State Championships in March. This training program is open to all nippers participating in the Junior Surf Lifesaving Program and is designed for those Nippers who want to further their Life Saving skills and possess the competitive spirit. The key is commitment and therefore the expectation is that nipper competitors attend all Sunday sessions and compete in the carnivals listed in the 2012/2013 Junior Handbook. The aim of training is to provide structured, practical and informative sessions in all areas of competition.

Additional optional beach and water training sessions are offered midweek by club coaches in the lead up to the State Championships. These sessions are restricted to Nipper Lions (U11 to U14) due to water safety and supervision restrictions.

The completion of the Junior Surf Education Certificate relevant to each age group is compulsory for all Under 8 to Under 13 age groups who want to compete. This program consists of:

  • Safe aquatic environment awareness
  • Personal safety
  • Overview of general anatomy/the body
  • Correct management and handling of injuries
  • Assessment of emergency situations (DRACB)
  • Rescue and resuscitation techniques
  • Requesting and signalling for help

S Badge Proficiency Test

All competitors must be designated as either “training” or “competing” swimmers for carnivals. Competitors not displaying an “S Badge” Proficiency patch as per the rules and regulations of SLSA will not be permitted to compete.

Competing Swimmers: May compete in all events

Training Swimmers: May compete in all beach and wade events

Officials Requirements – LSV requires clubs to supply officials at each carnival based on a ratio of 1 Water Safety Officer for every 10 Competitors and 1 Beach Official for every 20 Competitors within each of the age groups entered.

Carnival uniforms

Requirements for Juniors are a club competition cap (compulsory), and bathers in club colours wherever possible.

Note: These are a minimum requirement but we encourage members to purchase the full uniform including a rash vest for sun protection. The uniform for all ages is available through the club at reasonable cost. Club uniform also identifies club members on the beach and at training.


The club is charged for each competitor who enters to compete at carnivals. A season fee is payable at the commencement of the season, along with membership fees, and covers Junior LSV carnival entries. Refer to the Fee Schedule on the download page for this year’s fee.


Carnival entry lists with names of nippers who have paid competition fees will be available at the Sunday training session prior to the carnival date. All members must confirm their entry by the end of the training session so that they can be submitted to LSV by the due date. Club entries must be made on time as late entries incur a late entry fee of double the normal fee as well as the entry fee for each late entry. If a member does not confirm their entry prior to the entry due date, their entry will not be submitted. Should they then decide to participate they will be liable for payment of the late entry fee prior to participating in any events at the relevant carnival.