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Nipper Calendar 2019-2020

Welcome to another amazing Nippers season at Bilgola Surf Life saving club. Bilgola 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 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 and simply need to follow the following steps: Age Managers are required to undertake an Age Manager’s Course and hold a current Bronze Medallion Certificate.

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.

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.

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. Click here for more information on how to apply.

To apply for a voucher please click here.



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 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. Nippers new3


Nippers new4 Nippers require a rash vest which can be purchased from the shop on Sunday mornings from 8am, located upstairs in the clubhouse. We also have a selection of swimmers and other items – come and shop at Bilgola!

Nipper Calendar 2019-2020