Nippers is a junior program that introduces children aged 5 – 12 years to surf lifesaving. Nipper Education Programs are delivered at all thirty-one Western Australian surf lifesaving clubs throughout the summer season. Nippers is about children participating in safe, fun and organised activities in a beach environment.

There is a wide range of opportunities available for members interested in participating in surf life-saving sport. Surf Sports continues to be a retention tool for our clubs as well as a way for our lifesavers to display and practice the skills and abilities required to save a life on our beaches.

For our Under 8 and Under 9 (7-8 year old) nipper members – who we refer to as Little Nippers – we have the very popular Little Nipper surf sports carnivals and clinics.

For our Under 10 – Under 13 nipper members (9-12 year old members), SLSWA provides Nipper surf sports carnivals and championships.

The Little Nipper & Nipper Competition Guide is now available

Upcoming events:

Nippers (U10-U13)

  • Nipper Carnival: 15 December 2019, Location TBA
  • Nipper Carnival: 19 January 2020, Location TBA
  • SunSmart Country Carnival: 25 & 26 January 2020,  Smiths Beach
  • SunSmart Nipper Metro Qualifiers: 15 & 16 February 2020
  • SunSmart Country Championships: 1 March 2020, Location TBA
  • SunSmart WA Nipper Championships: 13 – 15 March 2020, Scarborough Beach

Little Nipper (U8-U9)

  • SunSmart Little Nippers Carnival R1: 12 January 2020, Location TBA
  • SunSmart Little Nippers Carnival R2: 9 February 2020, Location TBA

Past events:

Nippers (U10-U13)

  • SunSmart WA Nipper Surf Life Saving Championships15 March – 17 March 2019, Scarborough Beach
  • SunSmart WA Country Surf Life Saving Championships: 3 March 2019, Sorrento Beach
  • SunSmart Nipper Metro States Qualifier: 23 & 24 February 2019, Trigg Island
  • Nipper Clinic (U10 &U11): 3 February 2019, Sorrento Beach
  • SunSmart Nipper Country Carnival: 26 & 27 January, Ocean Beach Denmark
  • SunSmart Nipper Carnival R2: 20 January 2019, Mullaloo.
  • Nipper Clinic with Phil Clayton (U12 & U13)12 January 2019, Scarborough Beach
  • SunSmart Nipper Carnival R1: 2 December 2018, Coogee Beach
  • Development Carnival (U10-U13’s): 18 November 2018 – Alkimos Beach (for clubs north of Floreat)/ Coogee Beach (clubs south of Scarborough).

Little Nippers (U8-U9)