About Nippers

The Aim of the Junior Development Section is not only to teach our Young Australians to become capable Surf Life Savers but to also provide them with a Community-minded upbringing.

Nippers are a dynamic part of Burleigh SLSC community. Nippers offers a fun and active lifestyle choice for children between the ages of 5 and 13, as well as a solid base for learning and competition in beach and water- based activities. Nippers are taught everything from sun and surf safety, beach sprints and board paddling, all the way to lifesaving skills like CPR and water rescues.

Our Nipper family is not just about the children, it also encompasses parents who chose to become involved with either teaching beach activities or who want to achieve their own milestones like completing their SRC or Bronze Medallion.

We not only focus on the children but the parents of the children. Volunteer parental assistance has an integral role in conducting the Junior Development Program successfully, with a great percentage of the parents in fact becoming qualified Life Savers and entering into our Senior Division of the Club, thus becoming the role models for their own children.

We are constantly emphasising the fact that we are a family-based community organisation that does not only focus on competitors that win gold medals, but also nurture those who may fulfill other important roles within Surf Lifesaving, eg. First Aid Officers, Patrol Captains, IRB Drivers, Surf Lifesaving Instructors, Administration and Financial Management.