Woodside Nippers

Woodside Nippers is Surf Life Saving WA’s junior surf program that introduces children, aged 5 to 12, to surf lifesaving.

Held on Sunday mornings at Trigg beach, generally from October to March, it is a fun, outdoor activity that grows a child’s confidence; teaches valuable skills and lessons about beach safety; and provides a fun and safe environment to get outside and enjoy the coast. Woodside Nippers run, swim, laugh, and make new friends. Participation fosters a sense of belonging and the concept of community.  

As well as providing a fun program and meeting lots of new friends, children also develop the ability to become a knowledgeable participant in lifesaving beach patrols as well as a wide range of surf sports.

Development Program 

The Woodside Nippers curriculum is comprised of 4 key learning areas.

Surf Awareness

This covers surf skills and kids will gain a knowledge of where the dangers are and how to read the surf – the essential ingredients in keeping safe at the beach.

Individual Safety

This deals with recognising potential risks that we all face when visiting the beach, and in life in general.

Lifesaving Skills

This learning area starts to introduce our Nippers to the role we hope they undertake as they grow and develop into future lifesavers.

Surf Sport Skills

Nippers learn skills to help develop confidence and introduce them to surf life saving’s various surf sport events like swimming, boards and beach flags.

All children receive a Woodside Nippers pack upon joining which includes: 

  • Woodside Nippers Age Group Cap 
  • Woodside Nippers Hi Vis Vest
  • Woodside Nippers Wide Brimmed Hat
  • Woodside Nippers Sling Bag

Nippers also need to bring a water bottle, sunscreen and a towel along with any appropriate clothing for the day’s conditions. For club gear click you can visit on Sunday mornings during the season for your club bathers, t-shirts, jumpers, jackets etc.

Age & Requirements 

Before children can participate in water activities at Woodside Nippers, they need to be assessed on their entry level skills. These evaluations ensure that all children are fit and able to meet the requirements of the Woodside Nippers Program. It consists of a swim/glide and survival float component which may be conducted at the beach or in a pool. Please refer to table below for age dates and requirements. Children can join in with the beach activities but will not be able to join in water activities until they have met the proficiency.

Parent Participation

Parents are required to participate for Woodside Nippers. For safety reasons we ask that a parent/guardian is always present during Nippers sessions. Some parents help out by volunteering to assist with essentials tasks such as:

  • Helping record results
  • Helping with club set up and pack down
  • Helping with the club canteen
  • Loading and unloading trailers for carnivals
  • Becoming qualified Water Safety Personnel
  • Becoming a qualified Foundation Coach
  • Becoming a qualified Competition Official
  • Being an Age Group Manager/Assistant Age Group Manager

If you would like to know more about what’s involved in Nippers membership, please click here to contact our Club Administrator.

Age
Date of Birth
SLSA Age Group
Cap Colour
Entry Level Proficiency Skill
Age
5 years
Date of Birth
1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016
SLSA Age Group
U6
Cap Colour
· Pink
Entry Level Proficiency Skill
Swim 15m freestyle, Float 30 secs survival float
Age
6 years
Date of Birth
1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015
SLSA Age Group
U7
Cap Colour
· White
Entry Level Proficiency Skill
Swim 15m freestyle, Float 30 secs survival float
Age
7 years
Date of Birth
1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014
SLSA Age Group
U8
Cap Colour
· Yellow
Entry Level Proficiency Skill
Swim 25m freestyle Float 1 min survival float
Age
8 years
Date of Birth
1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013
SLSA Age Group
U9
Cap Colour
· Green
Entry Level Proficiency Skill
Swim 50m freestyle, Float 1 min survival float
Age
9 years
Date of Birth
1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012
SLSA Age Group
U10
Cap Colour
· Light Blue
Entry Level Proficiency Skill
Swim 100m freestyle, Float 1.5 min survival float
Age
10 years
Date of Birth
1 October 2010 to 30 September 2011
SLSA Age Group
U11
Cap Colour
· Purple
Entry Level Proficiency Skill
Swim 200m in 6 mins, Float 2 min survival float
Age
11 years
Date of Birth
1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010
SLSA Age Group
U12
Cap Colour
· Dark Blue
Entry Level Proficiency Skill
Swim 200m in 6 mins, Float 2 min survival float
Age
12 years
Date of Birth
1 October 2008 to 30 September 2009
SLSA Age Group
U13
Cap Colour
· Red
Entry Level Proficiency Skill
Swim 200m in 5 min, Float 3 min survival float
Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club acknowledges the traditional owners, the Whadjuk People of the Noongar Nation, of the beach on which we work and play. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and are grateful for their continuing connection to the land, sea and sky.