Nippers Information 2019/20

Nippers Know-How

Welcome to another amazing Nippers season at Bilgola Surf Life saving club!

Click here for the 2019-20 Nipper calendar.

Bilgola is an all-inclusive family club in which your children and you can have lots of fun, make new friends and learn skills for life. Children are taught to respect and read the surf and to use it to their advantage in a safe environment.

Activities vary, depending on age and skill level and include beach sprints, relays, ‘flags’, tug-of-war, wading, swimming, board paddling, surfing and lots of other games. The emphasis is on having fun while 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 garden, with food and drinks for sale. The ‘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 in their activities to help them build confidence.

Each week, we encourage you to get in and actively participate. Be dressed for the beach and be prepared to get wet! We do not offer a child minding service, but with this in mind we realize 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.

Many parents are past or current members of life saving clubs and serve as patrol members, water safety and committee members. Bilgola SLSC provides all the necessary training. You can be an Age Manager or an Age Manager’s Assistant, just contact to take part in the Assistant’s Course adn or to complete your Bronze Medallion Certificate.

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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.

General Information

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.

Age Group Date of Birth
Under 6 01 October 2013 to 30 September 2014
Under 7 01 October 2012 to 30 September 2013
Under 8 01 October 2011 to 30 September 2012
Under 9 01 October 2010 to 30 September 2011
Under 10 01 October 2009 to 30 September 2010
Under 11 01 October 2008 to 30 September 2009
Under 12 01 October 2007 to 30 September 2008
Under 13 01 October 2006 to 30 September 2007
Under 14 01 October 2005 to 30 September 2006

Active Kids Vouchers

Through Services NSW 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 membership registration. Once you receive your voucher print it out and onforward this to the office with your registration.

To apply for a voucher please click here.



All Nippers are required to wear a Bilgola Nipper cap, swimmers and high visibility rash vest. These are available for purchase from our Uniform Shop, located upstairs in the Club House (open Sunday mornings 8am during the season). This uniform is essential as it helps our Age Manager and Coordinators identify which kids are involved in the Nipper events on Sunday mornings.



Before a child 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). For specific details on requirements for each age group, click here. 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 the 2019-20 season, nippers will have the chance to take the proficiency evaluation in warm water at the Brooke Withers Swim School on Sunday October 13, 6/2 Daydream St, Warriewood.  Times at Brooke Withers for your age group are shown below:

  • Under 8 – Under 10, 1-2pm
  • Under 11 – Under 14, 2pm-3pm

If your child is unable to make the warm water session at Brooke Withers Swim School, normal proficiency evaluation will take place on the first day of nippers from 8:30am in the Bilgola Beach pool.

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