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Our Nippers

The Woodside Nippers program is an important part of

Surf Life Saving throughout Australia, and represents our

future surf life savers.  Nippers meet at Cable Beach

each Sunday morning from May through to September, and

are split into age groups to develop their Surf Safety and

Surf Skills through activities such as:


Theoretical Surf Safety

Sprints and Relays


Swims and Wades

Board Paddling (from Under 9s)

Team Games


Broome SLSC uses the SLSWA Nippers Program Curriculum and recognises this through awards. Proficiency evaluations and competition proficiencies are applied as per the requirements of both SLSWA and the Lifesaving NT. 

To help fundraise for our Nipper equipment each year, there is a sausage sizzle on each Sunday morning straight after Nippers.  


The Woodside Nippers program for 2024 kicks off on Sunday 5 May.  This first day will consist of a short assessment to check your child’s swimming ability.  It is mandatory for age groups starting from Under 8s to complete an ocean swim to show they are 'proficient'.  The required Swim Proficiency is:


Under 8s      25 metres (any stroke) 1 minute Survival Float

Under 9s      25 metres (any stroke) 1 minute Survival Float

Under 10s    25 metres (freestyle) 1 ½ minute Survival Float

Under 11s    50 metres (freestyle) 2 minute Survival Float

Under 12s    100 metres (freestyle) 2 minute Survival Float

Under 13s    150 metres (freestyle) 3 minute Survival Float


We meet on the beach, south of the stairs in front of the clubhouse.  Nippers starts at 8:30am sharp and finishes at 10:00am, however the Under 6 and Under 7 age groups finish at 9:40am.  Check the club calendar for dates.


Whilst club bathers are not essential, they are required in competition.  Board shorts are discouraged for safety reasons (stingers, rash) and because they restrict leg movement. Lycra swimming shorts/jammers are acceptable during regular club days. Woodside Nippers Packs including high visibility vests and skullcaps (colour coded for each age group) will be handed out at the start of the season and must be worn each week. 


On Sundays, please bring a labelled drink bottle filled with water, towel and goggles and wear sunscreen. Parents are required to be present on the beach at all times or have an appointed guardian. 



Parental involvement is important at any club.  We require parental assistance at all times to safely manage our fun on the beach.  It is a national requirement that we have one Water Safety person for every five juniors in the water, with a ratio of 1:1 for Under 6s and Under 7s.  This means you as a parent are required at all times, with bathers underneath should you need to get wet!

If you’re interested in the Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion course, email our club at

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