Nippers at Tathra Surf Club


EVERY SUNDAY from 9:45AM-12:00PM at Tathra Beach Surf Lifesaving Club except for SCHOOL HOLIDAYS or CARNIVAL DATES (see below and Events Calendar).

The Nippers Program

Tathra Surf Life Saving Club aims to provide a happy, safe and fun environment for its young members with the emphasis on surf education. Children develop increased confidence in the water and on the sand, leadership and teamwork skills, have fun, get fit and make great friends!

Activities are designed to introduce children to the beach environment so that they learn to enjoy, understand and respect the sea.

Nippers Program Leaflet

Info for Adult Members

Parents Interest Registration Form

What a Nipper Needs

  • To be registered online
  • Have a completed pool swim U/8s-U/14’s (will not be able to participate in water activities until completed)
  • A Tathra Nippers Cap (must be worn whilst on the beach and in the water during Nippers)
  • Rashie or wetsuit for sun protection and warmth in the water (Wetsuit salw/swap first 2 weeks of season)
  • Sunscreen, towel, water bottle, swimming goggles if preferred
  • A parent or carer to be present
  • Good listening ears and sense of fun

Click here for more info on club gear sizes and costs.

Little Nippers for U/6-U/7s

Includes games, education, and supervised water play. The only difference to what a little nipper needs is that there is no pool swim requirement. Parent support needed.

Time:           10-11AM

Venue:          Tathra Surf Life Saving Club


Junior Activities Coordinator:            Maree Boulton – mobile: 0429 921 553

  • Updates every week at briefing and Nipper noticeboard
  • Tathra Surf Club Facebook Site
  • Tathra Surf Club Website
  • Via SMS – hoping to have a Nipper only group.

Important Dates

See also the Events Calendar for more info.

Carnival Dates (for more info on competition and carnivals see below)

  • Bermagui:                3/12/2017
  • Tathra:                     18/2/2018
  • Pambula:                 25/3/2018

Parent Dinner Night – November 2017 TBC

Interbranch Carnival

  • Stockton SLSC, Newcastle:                    8/12/2017 – 9/12/2017
  • For the Far South Coast Representative Team

Christmas Nippers

  • Last Nippers before school holidays:     17/12/2017

Wharf2Waves Weekend – 20/1/2018-21/1/2018

NSWSLS Country Championships

  • South West Rocks:             3/2/2018 – 4/2/2018
  • Open to any Nipper to compete

Last Nippers activities TBC – 8/4/2018

Nippers Presentation Night – 2018 TBC

Proficiency swim at the Bega Pool

Children must complete a pool swim/proficiency which varies for the age group. This is necessary before they enter the ocean and is compulsory for carnival entry.

Nipper activities

Nipper activities involve educational and water based skills depending on the child’s age.

U7 members participate in Nipper activities on a fun and educational basis only, while learning to respect the beach and ocean. At least one parent is encouraged to be on the beach to assist with their children.

For the following age groups U/8s, U/9s, U/10s, U11s, U12s, U13s and U14s, activities and training involve:

  • Swimming
  • Paddle boards
  • Running in the sand and running relays
  • Flags races
  • Learning surf survival skills
  • First aid training

Other Opportunities at Nippers

  • SRC (Surf Rescue Certificate) is offered at Nippers by U/13-U/14 age group (need to be turning 13 by December). On completion they can join a surf patrol (patrol uniform supplied) and assist with water safety and compete on long racing boards.
  • Wambiri – U/13-U/14 Junior Leadership Camp (March 2018 – TBC)
  • JLOTY (Junior Lifesaver of the Year) chosen from U/14 age group requires a completed application and each club puts forward to or more nominees as voted by the TSLSC Committee. The Far South Coast Branch then chooses a male and female to represent the Far South Coast (by face to face interview normally at first carnival)  and attend a Junior Leadership Development Camp at Narrabeen in Sydney in January 2018.


Children may wish to compete in the three Far South Coast Branch carnivals held each season. Here they can test their emerging skills. At Tathra Surf Life Saving Club we encourage children to enter these carnivals and earn individual points and points for the club however competing is entirely optional.

While all children are encouraged to participate, we do not believe in applying undue pressure to compete. As such we do not hold regular point score competition at club level. At the end of the season, based on attendance, effort and improvement at club level and points gained at carnivals, individual and team achievement is recognised. The Far South Coast Branch also recognises achievement and age champions in the various events held at carnivals. Children can also compete at higher levels if they wish.


Carnivals are for all Nippers from U/8’s to U/14’s. They are an opportunity for Nippers to test their skills at different beaches against all three clubs in the Far South Coast Branch (Bateman’s Bay, Broulee, Moruya, Narooma, Bermagui, Tathra and Pambula). There are many team events and relays in the water and on the beach.

Carnivals are not compulsory, instead they are a supersized Nippers and an opportunity to make even more friends! Points are scored from carivals that go towards Age Champion Awards at the end of season presentation night. It is also how Nippers are selected ro reresent the Far South Coast at Interbranch (where all 11 branches across NSW compete).

What do you need to compete?

  • Cost is $5 for participating
  • Compulsory ocean swim for U/9-U/14 prior to entering the water events (completed during Nippers).
  • A pink competition singlet is compulsory to wear during competition.

The Next Step: 15-17 Year Olds

At 15 yrs many other opportunities are available. Nippers is not a prerequisite but an advanteage. These young adults are able to complete their Bronze Medallion / Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue). It is a very well respected addition to their resume.

It allows them to become full patrol members, gain their IRB crew and other awards, participate in surfboat rowing, surf ski and work towards a paid surf lifeguard position.

We need your help

All members of our Surf Club are volunteers. We rely heavily on parental help to be able to run Nippers. At Tathra we encourage parents to become involved and enjoy the activities with their children.

There are many ways in which you as a parent/guardian can help. You could become an age manager for the various age groups. Help out with the BBQ held most Sundays after Nippers. You could do your Bronze and become proficient and help out with water safety. Training courses are held throughout the season. We encourage you to join in.

Nipper Committee and Contacts


  • Tathra Surfclub President:                Alan Birchall
  • Junior Activities Coordinator:          Maree Boulton
  • Member Protection Officer:              Monica Fraser
  • Water Safety Coordinator:                Ben Potter
  • Club Captain:                                    Justin Gouvernet
  • Junior Club Captain:                         Morgan Chapple
  • Training Officer:                               Sharon George
  • Member Registrar:                            Grace Daley
  • Publicity/Media Officer:                   Wendy Bergsma
  • First Aid Officer:                               Konrad Reardon

Nipper Committee

  • Maree Boulton
  • Ben Potter
  • Mel Woodley
  • Loretta Chapple
  • Deb Smith
  • Derek Van Bracht
  • Janette Robinson
  • Millie Ford

Any interested parents are encouraged to join the committee – all help welcome!