Free for Alkimos Residents only:
The Holiday Nippers program is an exciting six-day school holiday program designed to increase children’s confidence at the beach, and introduce them to Surf Life Saving’s Nippers program.

The program allows participants aged 7 to 13 years to experience what the Nipper’s program has to offer, preparing them to become a member of their local Surf Life Saving Club where they can participate in a range of lifesaving and sport opportunities.   

Our qualified lifesavers will share their extensive beach knowledge and teach participants an array of skills in a fun and social environment. Participants will learn to read beach conditions and use a range of surf life saving equipment including rescue tubes and Nipper boards.

Adapted from Surf Life Saving WA’s Nipper Program, Holiday Nippers offers participants three skill-based levels of learning; 
  1. Surf Aware
  2. Surf Safe
  3. Surf Smart
  • Weekdays: Week one: 6th, 7th, and 8t of January - Week two: 11th, 12th, and 13th  of January 2021.
  • Cost:  $100 (GST exempt) per child.

How to select your child's Holiday Nipper level

Parents are asked to select their child’s level based on their demonstrable competencies and previous experiences in aquatic programs.  Participants must demonstrate the required skills in the first class to confirm their level.  
Holiday Nipper Levels Required skills Previously completed ‘learn to swim’ program levels
(or equivalent)
Level 1: Surf Aware
8.30-9.30 am
  • Submerge and recover
  • Scull/tread water
  • Demonstrate survival sculling
  • Demonstrate a forward roll
  • Swim 10m of any stroke
Level 3
Level 4
Level 2: Surf Safe
9.45 am-10.45 am
  • Perform all Level 1 prerequisites
  • Demonstrate a surface dive
  • Swim 25m of freestyle in deep water
Level 5
Level 6
Level 3: Surf Smart

11.00 am-12.00
  • Perform all Level 1 and 2 prerequisites
  • Swim 50m continuously in deep water
  • Run 100m, Swim 50m, Run 100m
  • Demonstrate eggbeater kick
Level 7


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Upcoming Workshops

Name Date Time Location Available Spaces
Level 1 Holiday Nippers Alkimos 6 - 13 January 2021 08:30 am - 09:30 am Alkimos Beach 17
Level 2-Holiday Nippers Alkimos 6 - 13 January 2021 09:45 am - 10:45 am Alkimos Beach 19
Level 3 Holiday Nippers Alkimos 6 - 13 January 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Alkimos Beach 20