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Nippers is a fun way for children aged 5 to Under 14 to enjoy the beach in a safe environment. The Junior Development Program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will give them a pathway to becoming a fully rounded participant in both lifesaving and sport.

Nippers includes the Junior Development Program which is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach, while participating in lessons that will provide them with a pathway to become a qualified surf lifesaver and a junior competitor (surf sport). Competition plays an important role in helping to strengthen and develop the skills of surf lifesavers. 

Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club has created and tailored a program to suit the needs of their members to the beach conditions. The program focuses on participation and enjoyment and will not just be built around competition. The goal is to increase the confidence and skill base of the nippers in the water and the sand. 


You probably think there are plenty of reasons not get in and help. In fact, it’s really is not difficult to be involved (and usually fun). There are members who will give you all the help possible. You’ll be taking an active part in your child’s physical and social development, having fun and probably getting to meet some really nice people. Remember – many hands make light work! Any help is appreciated, from setting up the beach equipment to cooking the BBQ and helping out on the beach.

We ask also that Parents help out with our fund raising activities. These usually include BBQ’s, Raffles and other events that occur over the season. These are essential for the club to keep functioning and to keep a cap on annual fees.

Not only does this raise a few dollars towards equipment purchase, it encourages parents to socialise and meet other members.

It is important that parents and/or carers NEVER leave their child unattended at Junior Lifesaving. Please introduce yourself to your child’s Age Manager.

Also we expect an acceptable level of behavior from our members (both senior and junior) and this also applies to parents. We parents and carers should set the example with our behaviors.


The Code of conduct outlines these items so please take some time to read it.



Our aim is to teach the children about all aspects of surf/beach safety – including sun protection.

We parents and carers should set the example – don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen, a good hat and a water bottle for each family member.


Each child should have:

  • A parent or carer present

  • A water bottle

  • Cap on (a sun hat for before & after beach activities is a good idea)

  • Plenty of sunscreen

  • Costume and Rash Shirt (Lycra Shirt)

  • Towel

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