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

Past events:

Little Nippers (U8-U9)

  • 2019 SunSmart WA Little Nippers Surf Life Saving Championships: Sunday 3 March 2019, Sorrento Beach.- Event Bulletin – Results
  • SunSmart Little Nippers Carnival R3: Sunday, 10 February 2019, Cottesloe Beach, Event program
  • SunSmart Little Nippers Country Carnival R2: Monday, 28 January 2019, Denmark, Event program
  • SunSmart Little Nipper Carnival R1: Sunday, 13 January 2019, Swanbourne, Event program


Nippers (U10-U13)

  • SunSmart WA Nipper Surf Life Saving ChampionshipsFriday 15 March – Sunday 17 March 2019, Scarborough Beach
  • SunSmart WA Country Surf Life Saving Championships: Sunday 3 March 2019, Sorrento Beach
  • Event Program – Event Bulletin
  • SunSmart Nipper Metro States Qualifier: Saturday, 23 & Sunday, 24 February 2019, Trigg, Event program
  • Nipper Clinic (U10 &U11): Sunday 3 February 2019, Sorrento Beach
  • SunSmart Nipper Country Carnival: Saturday 26 January (Beach) and Sunday 27 January (water/boats), Ocean Beach Denmark. Event program, Results
  • SunSmart Nipper Carnival R2: Sunday 20 January 2019, Mullaloo, Event program
  • Nipper Clinic with Phil Clayton (U12 & U13)Saturday 12 January 2019, Scarborough Beach, Photos
  • SunSmart Nipper Carnival R1: Sunday 2 December 2018, Coogee, Event program, Photos
  • Development Carnival (U10-U13’s): Sunday, 18 November 2018 – Alkimos Beach (for clubs north of Floreat), Event program / Coogee Beach (clubs south of Scarborough), Event program