The 2022/2023 Nipper programs are now full. We won’t be accepting any further registrations of interest or email requests regarding this year’s program. Registrations of Interest to participate in our 2023/2024 program will open on August 1, 2023.

The Junior Surf Lifesaving Program (JSLP) includes up to 10 sessions from late December to mid January with a focus on developing skills, confidence and knowledge in:

  • Safe beach and aquatic environments
  • Survival skills in aquatic environments
  • Lifesaving disciplines of beach running, flags, board paddling and swim
  • Injury prevention to self and others
  • Basic first-aid, rescue and resuscitation

Activities are conducted in a fun, friendly and safe environment catering for all levels. Nippers just need to bring along their enthusiasm and energy!

Full and final details for the JSLP program are provided in the Nipper handbook (see downloads). Confirmed dates for the 2022/2023 JSLP program are:

  • Week 1 – Tues 27 Dec, Thurs 29 Dec, Sun 1 Jan (twilight start at 4pm)
  • Week 2 – Tues 3 Jan, Thurs 5 Jan, Sat 7 Jan
  • Week 3 – Tues 10 Jan, Thurs 12 Jan, Sat 14 Jan (fun Club Championships day)

Age groups for Nippers is determined by age as of 30 September of the relevant season. Sessions run from 9-15am – 10.30am (for Cubs u7 to u10), 10-15am – 12-00pm (Lions u11 to u13) and 11.00am – 1.00pm (for under 14).

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 Nippers to enrol in swim school and/or swim squad at a level based 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 program aims to encourage and develop swimming confidence and skill in the ocean.

It is a Lifesaving Victoria prerequisite that every Junior member participate in the Preliminary Assessment conducted by qualified club assessors, prior to any water activity. For full details click here but the principal component is a 20m swim (U8), 50m swim (U9-10), 75m swim (U11), 125m swim (U12), 150m swim (U12-U13) and 200m swim (U14). This is assessed on the first JSLP session.

Delivering a safe, worthwhile and enjoyable JSLP program, requires active involvement of parent volunteers. Each Nipper must have at least one parent, guardian or immediate adult family member join as a member of the club and assist with the running of the program through one of the many volunteer roles available (see the Nipper handbook available on the download page for more information). All Nipper parents who join the club must also hold a valid Working With Children Check with Lifesaving Victoria and Point Leo SLSC listed as volunteer organisations.

Under 14’s

The Under 14 Nipper journey culminates with the opportunity to achieve the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) and experience a broader Nipper program. In December each year, the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) is offered to Nippers who have turned 13 or 14 years of age. The SRC is compulsory for those competing in the under 14 and under 15 age groups at carnivals. It is also the requisite SLSA award to commence patrols at these age levels.

Priority for attendance the SRC course will be given to renewing members. New members wanting to complete their SRC should register on our SRC waiting list when it opens in September each year. Full details of Surf Rescue Certificate requirements can be found here.

The under 14 component of the Point Leo Nippers program differs from the under 7-13 program to provide a smooth transition out of Nippers. It includes a broad range of lifesaving activities including beach care, champion lifesaver, come ‘n’ try events, a social evening, the Nipper graduation and their first group Patrol.  Our senior surf sports competitors take on the role of activity leaders ensuring even more fun! These sessions start slightly later to ensure under 14 Nippers can provide water safety for the younger age groups and also enjoy their own dedicated area on the beach.


To view Membership fees click here. There is a compulsory Board and Equipment Levy of $40 for every Nipper that must also be paid each year with Nipper membership.

Joining for the first time?

Parents who are interested in their children joining the program for the first time will need to register their children’s names on our Registration of Interest list which opens on August 1 each year and closes in mid September of that year. Those interested in registering should regularly check our website for the opening of this 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 Registration of Interest list does not guarantee your child a position in the program.  If we have a vacancy for your child least one parent and the Nipper must join as members of the Club. As a member of the Club the Nipper is then eligible to participate in the program. Please note that Point Leo SLSC Annual Membership Fees are non-refundable.

If you require any further information on joining Point Leo SLSC Nippers contact