Make friends, be active and learn about beach safety

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) 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.

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 the Junior Association Director at  

Nippers age groups and swim assessment requirements

Refer to the Life Saving Victoria (LSV) table below for age groups and swim assessment requirements for your nipper based on their birth date.  Requests for nippers to join different groups will not be considered.

Assessment requirements for nippers participants

Nippers Registration – now closed

To participate in Apollo Bay Nippers members (guardians/parents) must be current members of the Apollo Bay SLSC (memberships due annually on 1 July) and must have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC).  As a volunteer obtaining your WWCC is free of charge. You MUST list the Apollo Bay SLSC and Life Saving Victoria as your volunteer organisations:  ‘Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club’, PO Box 11 Apollo Bay 3233 Phone: 5237 6765 and Life Saving Victoria, 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Phone: 03 9676 6900.  Visit to apply, renew or update your details. To view Life Saving Victoria’s policy on safeguarding children and young people visit Safeguarding Children and Young People | Life Saving Victoria (

  1. Provide a screen shot or photo from the WCCC site evidencing that you are connected to LSV and ABSLSC by emailing
  2. Proceed to registering your  nipper(s) by completing the registration form, noting that a seperate registration form is required for each nipper.
Further information on membership fees and how to join/renew can be found on the Membership page.  If you are having difficulty registering please contact  
Note: Membership will not be accepted without a copy of your current WWCC.

Kit Collection

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

Nippers Kit Collection Day Wednesday 27 December 2023

Nippers lessons timetable

Nippers fundraisers – annual door knock & carnival night

Our annual door knock fundraising drive is to be held 4-6pm, Tuesday 2 January.  Participating nippers to wear their nippers tops and wide brimmed hats.  Collection tins & collection maps available from the club rooms at 4pm and will need to be returned by 6pm at the latest.

Carnival night has been scheduled from 6pm, Thursday 4 January, wristbands for this event will be able to be purchased online closer to the date.

2023/24 Age group managers & assistants

Under 8

Kent Begely
Beth Allison
Penny Heard
Isabelle Pini

Under 9

Mark Oxnam
Olivia Connelly
Chris Enkelmann
Hugo Della Bosca

Under 10

Mathilde Tobin
Lily Dolan
Danni Watson-Moore
Luke Wretham

Under 11

Tina De Young
Simon De Young
Meghan Geier

Under 12

Caroline Kaskani
Madeleine Forbes
Kristi De Young

Under 13

Brett Forbes
Jo Bandy-Renkin
Andrew Andersen
Craig Hesse

New club parking restrictions

In the interest of pedestrian safety and the need for additional outdoor space parking restrictions will be in place for the duration of the nippers program.

Parking restrictions during nippers program

Bar operating hours

Operating hours of the ABSLSC Bar during Nippers