Registrations of interest to join our Junior Life Saving Program (Nippers) for season 2018/2019 are now open. To register your child click here.

Junior Surf Lifesaving Program (JSLP)

Point Leo SLSC has over 460 junior members (nippers) participate in the club Junior Surf Lifesaving Program (JSLP) from late December to mid-January each year. Program dates are listed below. Around 100 of these juniors continue on with competitive training and compete in the State Championship carnival.

The JSLP is open to children aged between 6 and 13 years of age. Age is taken as at 30th  September in the year the program commences. We welcome all children of all skill levels, but strongly advise children 8 years and up to have swimming experience.

Parents who are interested in their children joining the program for the first time will need to register their children’s names on our waiting list which opens in early August each year and closes in mid-September of that year. Those interested in registering should regularly check our website for the opening of our waiting list. Our groups are limited so that we can ensure that we run a high quality, and most importantly, a safe program. Therefore positions in the program are dependent on any vacancies we may have in age groups. Please note that registering on the waiting list does not guarantee your child a position in the program, it is purely a waiting list.

The JSLP was developed to equip children with the skills and knowledge to recognise and enjoy a safe beach and aquatic environment.

Specifically the program:

  • extends participants’ knowledge and understanding of:
    • safe beach and aquatic environments
    • survival skills in aquatic environments
  • develops skills in:
    • the sport disciplines of Surf Lifesaving
    • injury prevention to self and others
    • rehearsal of safety related judgements
    • basic first-aid, rescue and resuscitation

Point Leo SLSC is a friendly, family club. We hope that all members adopt the Point Leo Club Spirit and remember that the Nippers should have FUN!!

The Junior Surf Lifesaving Program season commences after Christmas Day each year and runs for approximately three weeks on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The focus in the JSLP is on instilling the children with the necessary skills, confidence and knowledge to enjoy the beach environment safely. The program covers the many activities associated with Surf Lifesaving as well as developing fitness, surf awareness and teamwork. Activities include beach running, flags, surf swimming and board paddling, all conducted in a fun, friendly and safe environment. The JSLP caters for all levels of skill and experience. Nippers just need to bring along their enthusiasm and energy!

Nippers are split into two groups in the JSLP:

Point Leo CUBS : the under 7s, under 8s, under 9s and under 10s

Point Leo LIONS : the under 11s, under 12s, under 13s, under 14s

Session Times

CUBS: 8.30 am to 10.30 am. Each CUBS age group has 2 Surf Education rotations over the course of the program that will commence at 10.30am and finish at 11.00am.

LIONS: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Dates for the 2018/2019 JSLP are:

  • Thursday 27 December 2018
  • Friday 28 December 2018
  • Sunday 30 December 2018
  • Tuesday 1 January 2019 – Afternoon session
  • Thursday 3 January 2018
  • Sunday 6 January 2019
  • Tuesday 8 January 2019 – Carnival Day
  • Thursday 10 January 2019
  • Friday 11 January 2019
  • Sunday 13 January 2019 – Club Championships

Junior Evaluations and Award Requirements for 2018/19

Being able to swim competently is an integral part of making children safe at the beach as well as allowing them to actively participate and enjoy surf life saving activities. The nippers program is not a “learn to swim” program.  We strongly encourage you to enrol your children in “learn to swim” classes depending on their current ability.

We do recognise that swimming in the ocean is a new experience for many children and that even competent pool swimmers can find this challenging at first.  Our aim is to encourage children and to help develop their confidence and skills swimming in the ocean as well as provide surf education.

At the first session, it is an LSV prerequisite that every junior member is required to participate in the Preliminary Assessment conducted by Club assessors, prior to any water activity training or competition being undertaken each season.  Any child that does not meet the required evaluation level will require a higher level of supervision when involved in water based activities at the discretion of the club.

Competition Skills Evaluation is mandatory for U12-U14 to compete in ANY event and U9-U11 for water events only (excluding wade).

Click here for a summary of the LSV Junior Evaluations and Award Requirements for 2018/19.

Surf Rescue Certificate

The Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) is offered to the nippers who have turned 13 or 14 years of age and is compulsory for nippers and cadets competing in the U14 and U15 age groups at carnivals. It is also the requisite SLSA award to commence patrols at these age levels. The date for this year’s SRC course is December 9 and 10 2017. Priority for attendance at this course will be given to renewing members. New members wanting to complete their SRC should contact us from September 2018 onwards via our contact form with the subject line: SRC.

Full details of Surf Rescue Certificate requirements can be found on the Surf Rescue Certificate page of this website.

The Point Leo Junior Handbook detailing all aspects and requirements of the program and activity schedule outlining the dates, times and activities will be available from the download section of this website closer to the season.

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 the end of March. Competitors and their families often enjoy a great weekend trip up the Surf Coast.

More information on Junior Competition is available on the Nipper Competiton page.

Parent Membership Requirement

In order to deliver a safe, worthwhile and enjoyable Junior Surf Life Saving (Nipper) Program the Club is reliant on the active involvement of parents in addition to that of other Club members. Over the years, the number of Junior participants has grown; there have been increased requirements from a safety and risk management perspective (both on the beach and in administration/documentation); and the level of training and education has become increasingly sophisticated. Therefore this requires not only more parent involvement, it also increasingly requires more parents with lifesaving qualifications.

To ensure that we have adequate parental involvement and to encourage and facilitate parents gaining lifesaving qualifications, the Committee has introduced a Nipper Parent Membership requirement.  Stated simply, this means that each Nipper must have at least one parent, guardian or immediate adult family member also join as a member of the club and assist with the running of the program.

Parent Working With Children Check requirement

In response to the the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse there have been changes to the Working with Children Act 2005. These changes came into effect on 1 August 2017.

For full details of the change visit

To read the updated LSV Working With Children Check (WWCC) Policy click here.

To read the updated LSV Working With Children Check FAQ’s click here.

To read the Point Leo SLSC Working with Children Check Policy and Information Sheet click here.

All nipper parents who join the club must hold a valid Working With Children Check with LSV and Point Leo SLSC listed as volunteer organisations as per our Policy; ie if both parents join the club then BOTH parents must hold a WWCC.


Membership fees are listed in our Fee Schedule. There is a compulsory Board and Equipment Levy of $35 per Nipper that must also be paid each year with Nipper membership.

There is a Carnival Fee payable if nippers choose to compete. This fee is payable annually and will be set once LSV advise clubs of the entry fee for carnivals for the coming season. Full details (including Carnival Fee) regarding Junior competition will be available in 2018/2019 Junior Handbook.


It is expected that Nippers wear Point Leo bathers at sessions. An orange cap and High Visibility singlet or rash vest must be worn at all times throughout the program. These, plus other Point Leo SLSC gear, can be purchased at The Uniform shop. The Uniform Shop will be open several times prior to the commencement of the season (dates will be advised in our weekly emails closer to the season) and before each nipper session. A back pack with goggles, towel, wetsuit (if required), sunscreen, water and snacks should be brought to all sessions; we encourage Nippers to carry their own back pack.

If you require any further information on Point Leo SLSC Nippers please contact us any time after 1st September 2018 via our contact form with the subject line: Nippers