Make friends, be active and learn about beach safety

2022 Nippers online registrations will open in September

Nippers is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment.  Nippers is a national program designed for 7 -13 year olds (as at 1 October 2022) and is structured to gradually teach kids surf awareness and basic lifesaving skills required to be safe around water.  

After participating in the program, children will have an awareness of beach hazards such as waves and rips and also have a basic knowledge of resuscitation and first aid.

We strongly encourage all parents of children with limited swimming ability to enrol them in swimming lessons first.  All children will need to complete a swim assessment as part of the first Nippers lesson each season.

To participate in Apollo Bay Nippers families must be current members of the Apollo Bay Surf Club and MUST ALSO fill out the online nippers registration form which is released on this page each year in September.  Further information on joining/renewing membership can be found on the Membership page of this website.  Please note, before joining or renewing, adults must have a current Working With Children Check.

We offer about 200 Nipper places each summer and each year they book out quickly. We are only able to offer the nippers program with the assistance of many volunteers. Parental/Guardian help is essential to ensure that the program continues and remains affordable to families.  If you would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you. 

For further information on the Nippers program contact Tim De Young, Junior Association Director at

For any Membership enquiries visit the membership page or email the Secretary, Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club at

Kit Collection

Note: Nippers registrations are not able to be processed on Collection Day.

Kit collection dates

Nippers lessons timetable

Nippers dates

Nippers Handbook

Everything you need to know about the Apollo Bay Nippers program is contained in this handbook, please ensure you have a read prior to commencement of the program.