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The Avoca Beach Junior Activities Committee run the “Avoca Nippers” each Sunday at the Avoca Beach during the summer months between September and March.

Children can join the “Nippers” at Avoca Beach SLSC from the age of five (5) years and start learning about surf awareness and safety through the “SurfEd” program.

As they get older they are able to participate in board paddling, surfing, swimming, sprinting, wading and fun activities and games, depending on their ages and abilities. At Avoca the emphasis is on having fun whilst developing skills.

Practicing these skills helps develop competence and confidence in the surf environment.  It also allows children to compete in Club, Regional and State life saving carnivals.

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) also conducts junior development camps in every state as well as the National Junior Surf League & Development Program.

Most senior Nippers can undertake a Surf Life Saving Certificate (SRC).  Probationary surf life savers can achieve this award from the age of 13 years and this helps and prepares them for active patrolling duties with Avoca Beach SLSC.

The award trains candidates in rescue skills, first aid and patient management, resuscitation and a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness.

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Follow steps for either Brand New Members or Renewing Member to sign up for membership for the season

If new members join all the family together on www.sls.join (note 2 parents/guardians must join) plus each of your children and create a family group. 

If existing members when on the Portal go to Memberships then Family Membership and click to renew all members for the Season. If the system prompts you to enter your Active Kids Voucher please do so. 


Nipper fees are $100 for each Child and $100 for 2 parents/Guardians to join.  If one parent is already an Active Member then the additional parent is $50

Nipper Registration



Avoca Beach Surf Lifesaving Club (SLSC) endeavours to make its nippers primarily a fun activity.  We aim to enable the kids to learn valuable lessons in the surf, to promote a healthy lifestyle and develop social skills.

At Avoca Beach we encourage participation, strong competition and ‘good sport’ social behaviors (for the parents as well as the kids).



  • To make the experience fun and enjoyable

  • To teach our kids to be safe in the water by providing surf skills and education.

  • To encourage competition in Junior Surf Life Saving Carnivals throughout the season

  • To enhance the themes of a healthy beach lifestyle and correct social behaviors

  • To encourage strong membership within our club and future participation in the surf life saving movement.

  • To encourage social interaction and activities with our membership

  • Sunday Morning Nippers is run by volunteers.  The club wishes to acknowledge & thank these people for the many hours they have given.

  • Spectators

  • Children play sports for fun. They are not playing for the entertainment of spectators, nor are they miniature professionals.

  • Applaud good performance and efforts of your child and his/her opponents. Congratulate both on their performance regardless of the outcome.

  • Respect the official’s decision. If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to question the decision and teach the children to do likewise. · Never ridicule or scold a child making a mistake during a competition. Positive comments are motivational.

  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it from spectators, coaches, officials or participants.

  • Encourage competitors to compete according to the rules and official’s decision.

  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language, harassing competitors, managers, coaches or officials.

  • Relax and enjoy yourself because that is what sport is supposed to be about.



  • Compete for fun and not just to please parents or coaches.

  • Play by the rules.

  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your manager approach the official in the proper manner.

  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other competitors, deliberately fouling or provoking others is not acceptable or permitted in  any sport.

  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team.

  • Be a good sport. Cheer ALL good competitors and support the not so good.

  • Treat all competitors as you would like to be treated.

  • Do not interfere with, bully or take advantage of another competitor.

  • Co-operate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them there is no competition.




  • If children are interested, encourage them to participate. However, if they are not willing, do not force them.

  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child to set realistic goals related to their ability rather than the emphasis on winning.

  • Teach them that an honest effort is just as important as victory so that each result can be accepted without undue disappointment.

  • Encourage them to play according to the rules.

  • Remember they learn best by example. Applaud good performance by all.

  • Support efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.

  • Recognise the value and importance of helping out and becoming involved. Even the smallest help will be appreciated

Nippers Code of Conduct
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