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Nippers was established at the Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club in 1967. With over 50 years experience we have grown to be the largest nippers program in Queensland. The program runs at Noosa Heads Main Beach. 

The nipper program is designed to introduce children aged 5 to 13 to Surf Lifesaving. It is a fun outdoor activity that grows a child’s confidence and teaches valuable surf awareness skills. Our aim is to provide a safe, family-friendly and fun environment for our Nippers. Kids living on the coast should be equipped with the best skills and knowledge for safe use of Australian beaches. Our Nippers today are the next generation of Surf Lifesavers. 

Online Renewal

To join Nippers for the 2022/2023 Season, children must already be 5 years old by midnight of 30th of September 2022.

Our Nipper calendar dates for 2022/2023 season have yet to be announced.

Please contact the office with any membership enquiries.

Price list & inclusions

Your membership fee includes: Use of equipment for all nipper Sundays, access to club facilities and discounts in the restaurant. The nippers uniform and training fees are at an additional cost.

One Child, Up to two parents/guardians – $270

Two Children, Up to two parents/guardians – $320

Three Plus Children, Up to two parents/guardians – $370

U8-U14 Mid-Week Training Levy – $100 Per Nipper *Optional


For compliance reasons all nippers need to be evaluated by an authorized person every single season. Please note that if your child does not pass this evaluation they are unable to participate in the nipper program. This can be completed at one of our pool sign on days or get the below ‘Evaluation Form’ completed by your accredited ‘learn to swim’ teacher. Be sure to book your evaluation in with your local learn to swim school before the first day of nippers if you are unable to attend one of our ‘Pool sign on Days‘.

Nippers Handbook

The Nippers Handbook provides more information about our Nippers program including what to expect throughout the season. It also has some extra information about what you can get as a nipper including*: board/swimming subsidies and sporting team selections.

*the nipper must apply for all benefits and agree to requirements, there is a criteria to meet for each benefit

The Nipper Handbook


The Junior Activities Competitors Handbook provides information about Junior Activities Surf Sports. It covers a range of questions from what age groups are able to compete in which carnivals, what parents are required to do for their nippers to compete and much more.

the junior activities competitors handbook

Nippers Calendar

*Please note calendar dates can change on short notice.*

You can download the Team App which has all calendar events assigned to correct Age Groups.

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Parent Participation 

How you can get involved with your child and the nippers program, learn the skills to save a life, create lasting bonds with your family and the lifesaving community.

WATER SAFTEYFor nippers to run in the Surf, we need at least one water safety to 5 nippers to ensure their safety. On Sunday, nippers for water safety can use a range of equipment (board/tubes) to help with running activities and teach nippers struggling with the extra skills they need. They provide support and encouragement for all nippers as well as helping to run different activities of the nipper rotational roster. To become Water Safety you must be at least 14 years of age and obtain your Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) or Bronze Medallion.

AGE MANAGERS – Age Managers are vital for our nipper program to run. Typically there are at least 2 main age managers per age group guiding the nippers through programs, new skills and extra camps/carnivals. Age managers are important mentors, helping to build strong family-like bonds within age groups over many seasons. To become and Age Manager you must complete the simple Age Managers course on your members portal and contact the admin office.                                                                                                            *You must be at least 18years of age if you are wanting to work with U6’s & U7’s age groups or 15years of age for all other age groups*

OFFICIALOfficials are the backbone of competitions, there is a large variety of officials within this category. If you are new to joining officiating you will most likely become a general official (in surf sport – board, swim, iron) who help with counting placing’s at the end of a race, marshalling competitors, monitoring fair play and organising courses. From here there is a wide variety of pathways to becoming a starter of going into more specialized surf sports. You are incredibly important as our Nippers cannot compete at carnivals unless we provide a set number of officials per competitors. To become an official you must undertake an officials course, please contact the admin office if you are interested.

There are more ways to assist if you would like to contact the office to find out what best suits you.

All parents wishing to participate in Nippers supporting roles MUST hold a current Working with Children’s BlueCard and complete the online training modules (SLSQ CYRMS INDUCTION & SLS CHILDREN SAFE AWARENESS COURSE).

Be sure to apply for this prior to signing up for a course via the reception office.

No Card, No Start.

Nippers Subsidies

The Junior Activities Committee does supply swimming and board subsidies. Ensure you read both policies carefully to ensure you are able to meet all requirements before submitting applications. All applications are reviewed by the JAC before acceptance.

If you have any questions about Club Policies or the Nipper Subsidies please contact us via nippers@noosasurfclub.com.au.

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