Nipper starts on Sunday 8th October 2023

Nippers at Toowoon Bay are an integral part of the Club.  Each Sunday from October to March our younger brigade gather to develop a life long appreciation of the surf under the watchful eye of our dedicated age managers, with the assistance of parents.

Children can join the ‘Nippers’ at Toowoon Bay from the age of five (5) and start learning about surf awareness and safety through the Surf Ed program.  As they get older they are able to participate in board paddling, surfing, swimming, sprinting, wading and fun activities and games, dependent on their ages and abilities.  At Toowoon Bay, the children can Join the Fun and develop their skills at the same time.

At Toowoon Bay, our focus is on educating and encouraging our nippers to gain confidence, respect and enjoyment for the beach environment. Skills are taught, practiced and assessed according to the age and ability of your child’s allocated group.  Club competition commences with the Under 8’s age group. This enables your child to participate in Central Coast Branch carnivals and events, and from Under 9’s for Surf Life Saving NSW Championships.

Most senior Nippers (u13’s) can undertake a Surf Rescue Certificate.  Probationary surf life savers can achieve this award from the age of 13yrs and this helps and prepares them for active patrolling duties with Toowoon Bay.  The award trains candidates in rescue skills, first aid and patient management, resuscitation and a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness.

All nippers must wear a Toowoon Bay club cap or age group colored cap and a pink vest, and most also choose to wear the TBSLSC club swimsuit/pants. These can be purchased at our uniform shop or online.  The Uniform Shop is open almost every Nipper Sunday morning.  Online purchases can be picked up during the week from the office or on Sunday mornings at Nippers.

Nippers and related training activities will generally still go ahead in wet and inclement weather as groups can work on the sand or indoors on activities such as lifesaving skills, first aid, signals and other patrol related activities.

Nippers will be cancelled in the event of thunder and lightning storms, or very heavy rain.

For all up to date information on Nippers at Toowoon Bay SLSC, apply to join the private Facebook page – ‘Toowoon Bay SLSC Nippers’ and/or like the main Toowoon Bay SLSC Facebook page

Toowoon Bay colours are blue and yellow.  Children who participate in nippers wear a coloured cap designating their age group.

2023/2024 Season

Under 6’s – Purple

Under 7’s – Fluro Yellow

Under 8’s – Fluro Green

Under 9’s  – Pink

Under 10’s – Light Blue

Under 11’s – Navy Blue

Under 12’s – White

Under 13’s – Red

Under 14’s – Club Cap

The Club yellow cap with the lightning bolts MUST be worn in competition (lightning bolt at the front)

It is mandatory that the pink ‘Freemasons’ rash vest be worn for all surf club related activities and training.  These are singlet vests and children are welcome to wear t-shirts or long sleeve rash vests underneath for sun protection.

Club swimming costumes are also available for purchase, but are not compulsory.

All nippers need to be dressed for swimming, regardless of whether they will enter the water.

Sun Protection
Please remember to apply sunscreen to children, before you leave home is ideal.

Hats and sunglasses can be worn but must be removed before entering the water for safety reasons.

Longsleeve rash vests, t-shirts, boardshorts, wetsuits etc can be worn.