Nippers Know How!

Nippers Calendar 2019-2020

Bilgola Surf Life saving club is an all-inclusive family club in which your children and you can have lots of fun and make new friends while learning new and exciting skills for life.

Children are taught how to respect and read the surf, and to use it to their advantage in a safe and nurturing environment. The activities are many and varied and are aimed at children from the age of five (5) and up learning about surf awareness and safety through the “Surf Ed” program. Depending on their age and ability children participate each week in beach sprints, relays, ‘flags’, tug-of-war, wading, swimming, board paddling, surfing and lots of other games and activities.

Remember, the emphasis is on having fun whilst learning new skills. They can also compete in Northern Beaches inter-club competitions, Sydney Branch and state carnivals. After Nippers there’s always the BBQ in our BBQ garden, with food and drinks for sale. The girl and boy ‘Nipper of the Week’ from each Age Group gets a Billy Award for a free sausage sandwich and drink!

So, put some colour into your family Sunday and join us! Become a Billy Nipper!

Parent Involvement

No one knows your children like you do so it is very important for them that you are involved to help them build confidence. You should therefore be willing each week to actively participate. Be dressed for the beach and be prepared to get wet with your child.

We do not offer a child minding service, but with this in mind we realise that some parents have more than one child in different age groups. If this is the case and you elect to stay with one of your kids in a group, then you need to nominate another responsible adult for your other child’s sign-on and sign-off.

Become an Age Manager!

Many parents are past or current members of life saving clubs and serve as patrol members, water safety and committee members. You can also be an Age Manager or an Age Manager’s Assistant.  Your kids will think it’s great, and you will provide valuable help and guidance as our children learn about surf fun and safety.  Bilgola SLSC provides all the necessary training:

  • Contact us to join Bronze Medallion and Online Age Manager’s Courses. 
  • Age Manager’s Assistant’s are required to undertake an online Assistant’s Course.

Also see our Membership page for more information on Bronze Medallion training.

Each Sunday

Activities commence at 9am and finish at 10am each Sunday – rain, hail, or shine. Under the supervision of their Age Managers the children participate in several events. Depending on their age and competency, activities may be on the beach or in the water. We have a 50-metre ocean pool with wading area for the younger Nippers. So, you and your children need to bring sunscreen, water, swimming costume, and a towel.

Bilgola SLSC Nippers Flags

Age Groups

In accordance with regulations from Sydney Northern Beaches Branch, a child must have turned 5 before 30 September of the year that they are eligible to join Nippers. Children are registered in the age group according to the age of the child on 30 September. For example, if your child is 11 on 30 September, the child will be in the Under 12s.

Active Kids Vouchers

Through the NSW Government Active Kids program, you can apply for a $100 voucher to use for sport and fitness costs.

As Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club is an approved activity provider, you may use this voucher for your child’s Nippers membership registration.

Click one of the buttons below for more information on Active Kids Vouchers.


Before a child in under 8 and older age groups is allowed to participate in any water event or activity (ie. an event where they would be in water out of their depth) they are required to take a proficiency evaluation. This consists of a supervised swim in still water (usually done in the pool) to a specific time and a supervised surf swim over a swim course distance (varies by age group).  Children who cannot pass the minimum proficiency are limited for their safety to beach and wade events only and cannot enter carnivals.  Proficiencies are not required for U6 and U7 groups. 

For specific details on requirements for each age group, click on the button below.

Bilgola SLSC Nippers Swimming


Nippers require a rash vest which can be purchased from the shop on Sunday mornings from 8am during the Nippers season, located upstairs in the clubhouse. We also have a selection of swimmers and other items – come and shop at Bilgola!

Bilgola Beach Nipper | Bilgola SLSC
After Nippers | Bilgola SLSC