Nipper Season Information Overview

Age groups for nippers at North Avoca SLSC?

In accordance with regulations from the Central Coast Branch & Surf Lifesaving NSW, a child must have turned 5 prior to 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 12’s

What age group will I be in?

North Avoca SLSC Season 2023/24

Birth date between the following dates:

State Date to End Date Age Group Age Manager
1st October 2017 to 30th September 2018 U6
1st October 2016 to 30th September 2017 U7 Byrne LaGinesta & Stuart MacPherson
1st October 2015 to 30th September 2016 U8 Chris Miller & Eve Hennessy
1st October 2014 to 30th September 2015 U9 Daniel Luongo  & Dannie Hodgson
1st October 2013 to 30th September 2014 U10 Matt Sproll & Peta Quinn
1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013 U11 Kim Findlay & Scott Robards
1st October 2011 to 30th September 2012 U12 Jackie Sproll & Iain Robinson
1st October 2010 to 30th September 2011 U13 Paul Bowron
1st October 2009 to 30th September 2010 U14 Elise Avis & Megan Miller
1st October 2008 to 30th September 2009 U15 Vacant
Must be a minimum of 5 years of age to join and a copy of the nippers Birth Certificate must be provided on registration to North Avoca SLSC.

What to expect in your nipper age group?

UNDER 6 (Surf Play 1)
UNDER 7 (Surf Play 2)

  • Equal attention to water and beach events
  • Water activities that are limited to shallow water near the water’s edge
  • Beach activities to emphasise games and group participation
  • No competition other than that involved in fun games
  • Learn beach awareness & water safety
  • Learn event rules by the time they are in U/8 (Sprint, flags, wade & relays)

Recommended: 1 – 2 sessions / week (learn to swim squad)

UNDER 8 (Surf Awareness 1)
UNDER 9 (Surf Awareness 2)
UNDER 10 (Surf Safe 1)

  • Recall surf awareness information and basic emergency care procedures
  • Perform introductory self rescue skills
  • Has completed run-swim-run
  • Equal attention to water & beach events, beginning to specialise by U10s
  • Develop basic skills in events & have basic knowledge of rules
  • Improve confidence in surf
  • Ability to train in a group situation and develop road rules of squad training
  • Understanding training terminology


  • Wading, duck-diving, grabbing sand under waves, swim to behind shore behind the break.
  • Boogie board paddling, catching broken waves, correct position on board, able to change direction.
  • Understand rules, demonstrate sprint, flags, wade and relay.


  • Catch broken waves from standing, swim in surf with head down, swim into gutter
  • Board starts with skim, sit/pop, eskimo roll, catching unbroken wave, able to correct board position
  • Develop technique in beach events, able to do relay changeovers at speed


  • Catching unbroken waves from swimming, swim to back break
  • All above board skills with confidence and speed, slipstream
  • Continue to advance skills in all events, knowledge of tactics in flags and wade

Recommended : Start at 2 sessions / week & increase by 1 session each age group

UNDER 11 (Surf Safe 2)
UNDER 12 (Surf Smart 1)

  • Apply surf awareness information
  • Provide emergency care
  • Operate communications systems
  • Has completed run-swim-run
  • Begin to concentrate more on specific area (beach/water) but still  train at both
  • Work on intermediate skills and have reasonable knowledge of rules
  • Begin moderate endurance training to help with Iron and extra events now available
  • Increase confidence in surf and surf awareness
  • Promote good training ethics and desire to train to improve


  • Catch unbroken wave, swim in pack with head down, know when to wade/duck-dive
  • Introduce board rescue skills, angle across wave, chasing runners
  • Beach relay changes at speed, correct sprint starts, correct flags technique and dive


  • Hold body wave using arm, correct wading
  • Advanced board rescue skills. Negotiate surf using correct choices, late take offs
  • Speed drills introduced, fine tune skills on beach

Recommended : 4 – 6 sessions / week for those wishing to attend carnivals 

UNDER 13 (Surf Smart 2)

  • Understand how to regulate training around school, holidays, exams
  • Provide serious trainers with log book to monitor training
  • Promote training with Senior squad & attend senior carnivals once SRC is obtained
  • Understand competitive pathways from Junior to Senior (Branch – State – National)

UNDER 14 Surf Rescue Certificate (U14 compulsory for competition)

  • Apply surf awareness information
  • Provide emergency care
  • Operate communications systems & equipment
  • Work in a team
  • Communicate in the beach environment
  • Has completed run-swim-run
  • Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
  • Demonstrates resuscitation skills

North Avoca SLSC Snapshot of 2022/23

Some of the key duties carried out by the volunteer life savers throughout the 2022/23 season

Preventative Actions
First Aids
Patrol Hours

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