Nippers / Junior Activities

Towradgi Turtles (Juniors or nippers) is the membership category available to both boys and girls aged 7 to 13 (Under 8 through to Under 14), although we also run a fun educational program for nippers aged 5 and 6 (Under 6 and 7).

It is a pre-requisite for nippers in the Under 8 to Under 14s to have an ability to swim; therefore, they must complete a swim competency prior to joining. These age groups are designed to give children, and also parents, a firm understanding of beach rescues, resuscitation and carnival events, along with preparation for senior level membership.

The other pre-requisite is that at least one parent joins the Club and helps with one of the volunteer groups (officials, water safety or a member of the task force) to contribute to the running of club days and carnivals. There are family subscription discounts available to assist in the financial burden of larger families.

Towradgi SLSC nipper days are the foundation from which we build basic surf skills, competition skills and awards knowledge. Each Sunday morning from 9.30am between September and April nippers gather to learn the skills necessary to handle themselves in the surf. 

In the Under 6 and Under 7 age groups, members are given a non-competitive understanding of Surf Life Saving through fun and games. They meet every Sunday at the Surf Club for activities from 9.30am.

Each age group has an Age Manager with one or two assistants. The manager and assistants are responsible for the education, training and organisation of the group. As the ages increase, the nippers are gradually taught to assist others who may be in difficulty. This training leads to children obtaining their Resuscitation Certificate in the Under 13s, gaining their Surf Rescue Certificate at 13 and their Bronze Medallion at 15. Nippers have a comprehensive competition calendar each season culminating in the NSW Championships, which is hosted by Clubs all over the state, held in Feb~March each year.

The coaches of water and beach activities have overall control of the Junior Development Training Squad sessions, school holiday program and extra activities. The Junior Development Squad is open to all junior activities members in 8-14 age groups who wish to improve their skills. Junior Activities are controlled by the Junior Activities Committee, which meets on a monthly basis to discuss future planning and current operations. All members and parents are welcome to attend and contribute at these meetings.

If you require any further information please or contact Junior Activity Coordinator

Age Group Eligibility

Children who join Surf Club can look forward to having fun, meeting friends and learning surf skills that will enable them to progress to competent Surf Life Savers.

Age groups remain a minimum age of 5 years (Green Caps) up to a maximum age of 13 years (U/14) on a seasonal basis.
The age group for the season is determined as at midnight on the 30th September at the commencement of that season.

Listed below are the age groups members will be in for the 2020/2021 season if they are born between the following dates.

1st October 2005 to 30th September 2006 - U/14
1st October 2006 to 30th September 2007 - U/14
1st October 2007 to 30th September 2008 - U/13
1st October 2008 to 30th September 2009 - U/12
1st October 2009 to 30th September 2010 - U/11
1st October 2010 to 30th September 2011 -  U/10
1st October 2011 to 30th September 2012 -  U/9
1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013 -  U/8
1st October 2013 to 30th September 2014 -  U/7
1st October 2014 to 30th September 2015 -  U/6

Please note:
Proof of age/birth certificate must be shown for all new children joining a Surf Club or for any child that has not produced a birth certificate.

U/6 and U/7 members may participate in activities on an educational basis only. 

U9 and U10 nippers are required to use a foam nipper board. U11 – U13 nippers are required to use a short fibreglass board with the U14’s progressing to long fibreglass boards.