Nippers is an exciting recreational and educational program for 5-13 year old kids with a keen interest in being active and safe around water. There were over 8,000 Nippers in Victoria in 2008-2009. Brighton Life Saving Club currently has around 400 nippers, cadets and YIPS (Youth Involvement program) in its membership. Cadets is for 13 - 15 year olds, YIPS is for 15 - 18 year olds with YIPS also becoming Nippers leaders and undertaking patrol duties.
The Brighton Life Saving Club Nippers program is not just about learning life saving skills. It is about learning to fully appreciate the beach and the water, developing friendships, being part of a club and the whole community. It is also about getting kids outdoors and keeping them active. Nippers can be the start of a lifelong journey with a wide range of programs that provide pathways into becoming a lifesaver in the future.
Brighton Life Saving Club encourages whole family involvement, and it is a requirement of enrolment that all members over 18 years have a current working with children check. This enables all parents to take part in weekly duties - both working with groups on the sand and also assisting with kitchen and bbq rosters.
Nippers however is NOT swimming lessons, therefore we strongly encourage all parents sending their children to Nippers with limited swimming ability to consider enrolling them into swimming lessons first. This will ensure that they fully benefit from the program once on the beach.
The Nipper program gradually teaches kids basic lifesaving skills required to be safe around an aquatic environment as well as developing their skills to compete in Surf sports.
Our program runs from mid November through to late March on Friday evenings, stopping over the Christmas break.
Our main aim is to have beach fun, but with a focus on beach carnival training. Nipper parents are encouraged to take part in all activities; children under ten years of age must have a parent in attendance.