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Greetings Bilgola Nipper Parents,

Welcome to the 2022-23 Season, we are looking forward to seeing you and your families back on the beach. A special welcome to any new members – particularly our U6s as they begin their first season with us.

As the season starts we’d like to invite all members to our Bilgola Nipper Parent Briefing session on Thursday 13th October at the club.

Time is 6.30pm – 9.00pm, with a great supper provided.

Delivering an engaging, safe and fun Nipper program is only made possible by as many parents as able being involved…and those parents also enjoying themselves at Nippers.

This training session is open for everyone…that is EVERY parent, you don’t have to be able to swim, run or even do CPR…  it doesn’t matter – we want you to join us.

It doesn’t matter if you are new or have been here for a while, we need/want everyone to attend this course to ensure we are all on the same page with delivering our fantastic Bilgola SLSC Nipper Program.

Please click here and  RSVP to aid catering.

Age Managers and Assistants

If you are interested in helping as an age manager or assistant there will be a briefing session on October 9th between 10-11am at the club. Contact Michael O’Sullivan  ( for more information.


All age groups must now complete wet proficiencies before participating in water activities. These will be held at the Warringah Aquatic Centre this Sunday October the 9th. The times for age groups are below.

  • 1:00pm U13, U12
  • 1:30pm U11, U10
  • 2:00pm U9, U8
  • 2:30pm U7
  • 3:15pm U6

Please arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. Kids should bring goggles. Details on proficiencies for each age group are available on the link below:

If you are unable to make this session U8-U13s will be able to do them in the ocean pool before Nippers on October 16th at 8am.  U6s and U7s will be able to attempt the proficiency during their regular session at 9am.

Nippers Start

The first Nippers session will be on October 16th at 9am. Session times are below:

  • 8:45am                  Assemble in groups / Water Safety Briefing.
  • 9:00-10:00am    U6-U10   Nippers activities
  • 9:00-10:30am    U11-U13   Nippers Activities
  • 10:00-11:00am   BBQ

Key dates for the next month:

  • Sunday 23rd October Regular Nipper
  • Sunday 30th October Twilight Nippers and Halloween Party


From U8s Nippers are able to compete at branch carnivals. Parents who are interested in having their children participate in these events should contact Georgia Gough ( or Karen Perry (


We will again run 3 midweek training sessions this year.

  •  Monday Competition Board Training 6-7pm
  • Wednesday Sand  5:30-6:30
  • Thursday Boards and Swimming  (open to all) 5:30-6:30

Nippers wishing to participate in the competition sessions must pass a competition proficiency . Contact Zac Cracknell for more information (


The SLS Surf Aware program which is delivered as part of NIppers has been upgraded this year. We will again include our locally developed coastal environment program hopefully with more opportunities to include water sessions this year.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the parents briefing and on the beach for the start of Nippers on Sunday the 16th.

Many thanks,

Michael O’Sullivan

Junior Activities Chair. Bilgola SLSC



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