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Nippers 2023/2024

Season starts October 22, 2023


  • Register online and come to our registration day on Sunday, September 24, 10am-12pm at the Camden Haven Surf Lifesaving Club

  • Preliminary swim days are tentatively set for:

    • Saturday September 30 9am-11am at Kendall Pool​

    • Sunday October 8 10am-12pm at Kendall Pool

    • Saturday October 14 9am-11am at Laurieton Pool

  • Competition evaluation swim and first nippers day will be Sunday October 15 at Camden Haven Surf Club

Our nippers program runs fortnightly on Sundays and board training fortnightly Friday afternoons. 

For more membership information, visit our Join Us page. 

We regularly post updates during the season on our Facebook page.

Age groups

Your child’s age group is determined by their age at midnight on September 30 2023.

UNDER 6 (Surf Play One) - 1st October 2017 – 30th September 2018

UNDER 7 (Surf Play Two) - 1st October 2016 – 30th September 2017

UNDER 8 (Surf Aware One) - 1st October 2015 – 30th September 2016

UNDER 9 (Surf Aware Two) - 1st October 2014 – 30th September 2015

UNDER 10 (Surf Safe One) - 1st October 2013 – 30th September 2014

UNDER 11 (Surf Safe Two) - 1st October 2012 – 30th September 2013

UNDER 12 (Surf Smart One) - 1st October 2011 – 30th September 2012

UNDER 13 (Surf Smart Two) - 1st October 2010 – 30th September 2011

UNDER 14 (SRC) - 1st October 2009 – 30th September 2010

Download a copy of this season's information booklet and tentative calendar by clicking the buttons below. You can add our online calendar to yours by clicking here.

What we do

We'd love your help! Volunteering with Camden Haven SLSC is a great way to give back to the community. We would welcome your help with anything from setting up the beach for nippers, helping with our barbecues, right through to gaining your Bronze Medallion with us! We also need adults willing to gain accreditation to be carnival officials. If we cannot provide officials, our nippers (and adult competitors) may not be able to compete at carnivals, or the number of competitors is restricted. Please see Nicole Crowe, junior activities coordinator, if you are interested in becoming an official or our trainer Ben Hosick for surf rescue, rescue boat crew/driver, and bronze courses.


Preliminary evaluation swim

All nippers aged under 6 – 14 need to complete an annual evaluation swim and float as part of their registration. This ensures a minimum and safe standard of swimming and survival ability for water activities at nippers. 

Ocean swim

All nippers aged Under 9 – Under 14 need to complete an annual competition evaluation, including an ocean swim at Grants Beach North Haven, as part of their registration. This ensures a minimum and safe swimming standard and water activities' survival ability. This allows nippers to compete at carnivals.

Swim Ability

Swimming is a major part of surf lifesaving. You don't have to be super speedy, but being a confident swimmer is an advantage. If your child struggles with swimming, we strongly recommended using your Active Kids voucher for regular learn-to-swim or squad programs at a local pool. 


Nippers start at 9.30am every second Sunday. We'd love family members to help set up beach activities and pack away. Many hands = light work. You can also help by being an age manager, BBQ helper, fundraising, water safety, officiating at carnivals, or first aid officer.

If you want to help with water safety, please contact us; some training is involved.


Every second Friday, at 4:30pm, we hold board training in the calm waters of the Camden Haven River, near the community hall. This helps with balance, using rescue boards, and paddling skills.


All updates regarding Nippers will be posted on our Facebook page. Bulk emails and SMS texts will also be sent out to members for important information. Please reach out to our Junior Activities Coordinator, Nicole Crowe, or any committee member if you have any ideas or need any information - we encourage open communication.

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