Surfers Paradise NIPPERS

Surf Safe your child by joining Australia’s most iconic Surf Club and leading Surf Safety Program!

Our Nipper program emphasizes learning, building confidence, and having fun in a safe beach environment. The skills gained will be cherished for life, like sand sticking to the soul. Children will learn to identify beach dangers and, most importantly, how to stay safe.

Children aged 5 to 13 years (Under 6 to Under 14) can join the program. Our Sunday sessions offer a controlled environment for swimming, board paddling, wading, beach sprints, and flags.

Lifesaving is a family affair, and there are many ways parents can support their child’s involvement in Junior Activities.

Details for the upcoming season will be released very soon.

Please reach out to our team anytime should you require any further information –

FairPlay Voucher Applications are now open.  Each voucher is worth up to $200 and can be used towards sport and active recreation membership, registration and participation fees.  Please click on the following image to check eligibility and how to apply and redeem.

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Join Nippers

Registration for the 2024/25 Season will be open very soon.  Please follow our socials for updates.

Membership Fees
Age Group Quick Reference Guide 2023-24


How old does my child have to be to join Nippers

The minimum age for a child to start Nippers is 5 years of age. Your child must have turned 5 on or before the 30th September of the year of starting

Do parents need to join as members

Yes, at least one parent must be a member of the Surf Club – click HERE to join 

When does the Nipper season start and finish

Please refer to the year CALENDAR for all start and finishing dates 

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Is Nippers a good place for my child to learn to swim

No, Nippers is not a learn-to-swim organisation. Your child needs some reasonable swimming skills to be able to take part in Nippers each week. We recommend that you enrol your child in a swim school to learn basic swimming skills prior to joining Nippers.

Please CLICK HERE to find out the swimming requirements to become a nipper.

Do friends/grandparents need to be members to bring children to nippers

Yes they should be members to attend any club related activities.

If you are a single parent family you can join up a grandparent, nanny or other caregiver as part of your family membership at no additional charge (family membership structure includes up to 2 parents/guardians/caregivers). If you wish to sign up an additional (i.e. third) adult family member or carer this will be at an additional cost

Can I leave the beach while my children are participating in Nippers

No. It is a requirement of participation in the program that a parent or caregiver is on the beach at all times while their child is signed on at Nippers. It is an expectation that parents get involved in helping at Nippers each week, whether it is as a water safety officer, helping set up or cook the BBQ or assisting with beach set up/pack down.  

Nipper Memberships

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1 x adult (with a current SLSA award) and 1 x nipper.
Additional $50 for each extra nipper &/or 1 x extra adult (with current SLSA award)
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Nipper family Pack 2: $240

1 x adult (no current SLSA awards) and 1 x nipper. 
Additional $60 for each extra nipper &/or 1 x extra adult (without current SLSA award)

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