Nippers and Cadets at 13th Beach

Nipper/Cadet applications for 2016/2017 are now closed

December 2016:

Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th & Friday 30th

January 2017:

Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th

Expand the sections below for detailed Information:

You Must Have a Working With Children Check

All Nipper family adults must have a current Working With Children Check in place with both Barwon Heads 13th Beach SLSC and Life Saving Victoria as nominated organisations on the Check.


Obtaining a Check is straightforward and free. Information on obtaining or updating a Check can be found on our website.  Checks must be sighted by a club official before the commencement on Nippers.

Registering for Nippers and Cadets

Nipper applications for 2016/2017 are now closed.


Thank you for registering your interest.  We look forward to seeing you on the beach.


Adult Assistants

As always, the Nipper numbers are dependent on the number of qualified adult assistants that we have. For every five Nippers we put in the water, we must have at least one fully qualified group leader/assistant.

Please let us know if you are a Bronze Medallion holder or would like to obtain your Bronze Medallion and assist with our program.

Important Information About Nippers, Cadets and the Swimming Assessment

Nippers start learning about surf awareness and safety through the SurfEd program. They are also able to participate in board paddling, surfing, swimming, running, wading and other fun activities and games.

Children can join Nippers at any age from U/8 (7yrs) to U/12 (12yrs) and Cadets from U/13 (13yrs) and U/14 (14yrs).  Age groups in Surf Life Saving are determined by the age you are on 1st October each year. Please note that children must be a minimum age of 7 years, as of midnight, 30th September to join Nippers.

The Nipper and Cadet programs are not a learn to swim program and your child(ren) must be confident in swimming in ocean conditions.  You will be required to have a form completed by a qualified person attesting to your child’s ability.

Age Assessment



Born between

01/10/2008 and 30/09/2009

·       25 metre swim (any stroke)

·       1 minute survival float (on back)


Born between

01/10/2007 and 30/09/2008

·       25 metre swim (any stroke)

·       1 minute survival float (on back)


Born between

01/10/2006 and 30/09/2007

·      25 metre swim (freestyle/front crawl)

·      1 ½ minute survival float (on back)


Born between

01/10/2005 and 30/09/2006

·      50 metre swim (freestyle/front crawl)

·      2 minutes survival float (on back)


Born between

01/10/2004 and 30/09/2005

·      100 metre swim (freestyle/front crawl)

·      2 minutes survival float (on back)


Born between

01/10/2003 and 30/09/2004

·      150 metre swim (freestyle/front crawl)

·      3 minutes survival float (on back)


Born between

01/10/2002 and 30/09/2003


·       200 metre swim (freestyle/front crawl           within 5 minutes)

·       3 minutes survival float (on back)


All Nippers must have a parent or guardian available for the entire program.

Nippers starts each day at 9.45am and finishes around 12.30 – 1.00pm with a BBQ.

Please be on time.  Nippers must be signed in by their group leaders.  They will then be given their coloured cap which must stay on for the entire session.  At the end of the session, all Nippers must sign out and return their caps.

Junior Cadets (NEW!)

This year for the first time, we are excited to be offering a junior cadet program.  This program, which is not available in many clubs, is available to the u/13 and u/14 age groups and is designed to create a bridge between when our nippers finish u/14 and when they can qualify for their Bronze so that they remain actively engaged in surf lifesaving.

Our u/13 and u/14 group will receive training, education and involvement in our Surf Patrol program and complete their Surf Resuscitation Certificate (SRC) during this time.

The Cadet program will run on 28, 29 and 30 December 2016 as well as 3, 4 and 6 January 2017 with some additional weekends (weekend dates to be confirmed).  The cost of the program is the same as our nippers.  Please complete the nipper application form to secure a place in this program.

What to Bring
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Warm jumper
  • Rash vest (available for purchase)
  • Wetsuit (there are always cold days and whilst optional, wetsuits are very important for buoyancy and therefore highly recommended)
  • Sunscreen
  • Snack

As outlined above, the Nippers Program is supported by volunteers and includes an instructor/nipper ratio of 1:5 during water based activities.

Parents and carers who are not assisting with beach and water activities help with other aspects of the Nippers Program such as helping in the kitchen, running the sausage sizzle, beach pack-up, rubbish collection etc.

We request that parents inform program leaders of any relevant medical or behavioural condition which their children may have at the time.

We are planning on running the popular Surf Play program on some of the days.  Surf Play is only open to school age children with older siblings registered in the Nipper program.


The club welcomes constructive feedback on the Nipper and Cadet program.  Please chat with the Junior Coordinator on the beach or send an email to


by | May 6, 2016 |