Welcome to Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club (SSLSC). We hope that this page will answer most of your questions in regard to the Nippers program. Should you require more information, please contact the Nippers Co-ordinators. A contact list is available below.

This Season we begin at Aqua Energy indoor pool Sunday 17th Nov 2019 (11:00 am), followed by the next Sunday 24th Nov (11:00 am) in the Outdoor pool (Lex Glover Pool Complex).  These 2 session are required to complete the mandatory preliminary assessments before the first session at the beach on the 1st of December, participants are encourage  to attend both session however it is mandatory to attend at least one session. 

Our Season calendar can be found on TeamApp

Sundays arrive at 9:30am to be on the beach by 10am, and over January we will be running the nipper sessions on a Friday night starting at 5.30pm.  Friday nights are more beneficial for our water safety numbers whilst also brining a more social aspect in regards to more members/public being exposed to our Nipper programme and what we do.

The Seaspray Nipper program is run for children aged from 6 to 14 commencing in November through to February. We encourage families to get involved, whether it is on the beach or in the water. It can be as much fun for the adults and the more help we get, the better the program is for the children.

The Nippers program is a surf education program delivered under the guidelines of  Life Saving Victoria (LSV), it is based around fun, participation and water and beach safety.  The program includes encouragement to participate in a few local competitions as this helps to develop a confident Nipper.  The program includes learning all aspects of Junior beach and water surf sports plus basic first aid, all taught by experienced volunteers. The program is run in a safe, friendly environment that encourages children to have a go at all activities.

Becoming a member of SSLSC includes other benefits such as members benefits at the Waves Bistro and Sand Bar, and use of facilities and equipment. We hope that this will encourage a healthy activity that the whole family can enjoy. Hopefully down the track, today’s Nippers are tomorrows surf lifesavers.

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Nipper cost $75 (includes mandatory singlet and cap) At least one parent must register as an associate member.
All members receive members discounts, including discounted merchandise and Waves Bistro and Sand bar discounts.
Register the whole family for only $200!


Age Groups - Age as at 30th September
Under 7's - 6 Years Old
Under 8's - 7 Years Old
Under 9's - 8 Years Old
Under 10's - 9 Years Old
Under 11's - 10 Years Old
Under 12's - 11 Years Old
Under 13's- 12 Years Old
Under 14's - 13 Years Old

While age groups are important for competition (you must compete in your age group, and competition starts at under 8's) at Seaspray the program is delivered based on competence in 4 groups.

  • Brown - Beach fun,
  • Red -Introductory
  • White - Intermediate
  • Yellow - Demonstrated competence



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Age Manager Coordinator - Jie Van Berkel

Water Safety Coordinator - Col Stephenson

Safeguarding young people Coordinator - Lauren Madeley

Beach Manager - Danny O'Brien

Nipper Admin - Amy Armstrong

Communications - Vicki Miller

Catering Coordinator - Bec Feltis

Youth Sports Coordinator - Ben Greenwood


Brown - No swimming required, does include wading in water, beach sprints and flag; and beach safety.  Must complete U7's preliminary evaluation.  Program works towards achieving Surf Play one and two education awards

Red - Introduction to swimming  past the breakers, introduction to boards, beach sprints and flags, beach safety and basic first aid, must complete under 8 or 9 preliminary evaluation.  Program works towards achieving Surf Aware One and Two education awards

White - Intermediate level, comfortable swimming beyond the breakers includes developing body surfing skills, developing board skills, beach sprints and flags, basic principles of DRSABC.  Must complete Under 10 or 11 preliminary evaluation. Program works towards achieving Surf Safe One and Two education awards.

Yellow - Demonstrated level of swimming, boards, beach sprints (1 km run) and flags and tube rescue.  Identify the principles of DRSABC introduction to CPR and manage basic patient management techniques. Must complete Under 12 or 13 preliminary evaluation. Program works towards achieving Surf Smart One and Two education awards.


Life Saving Victoria (LSV) sets a minimum proficiency standard that every child, new or old, must meet each year before they can be enrolled into any affiliated Club’s Nipper Program. Before the commencement of the Nipper season SSLSC will conduct 2 separate Preliminary Assessment opportunities. Encourage your children to practice if this assessment of the current preliminary evaluation criteria would cause apprehension for your child before assessment day. And if they are unable to achieve the outcomes for their age group then this will be noted and additional assistance will be provided while participating in water sessions.

The proficiency standards for each individual age group are as follows:

Age Group - Swimming Assessment - Float Assessment
Under 7 - From a standing position in waist deep water perform a font glide , kick for 3m and recover to a secure position Perform a back float for 15 seconds whilst holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position
Under 8 - 25 metre swim (any stroke) - 1 minute survival float
Under 9 - 25 metre swim (any stroke) - 1 minute survival float
Under 10 - 25 metre swim (freestyle) - 1.5 minute survival float
Under 11 - 50 metre swim (freestyle) - 2 minute survival float
Under 12 - 100 metre swim (freestyle) - 2 minute survival float
Under 13 - 150 metre swim (freestyle) - 3 minute survival float
Under 14 - 200 metre swim (freestyle under 5 mins) - 3 minute survival float.


Beach Events:

·BEACH SPRINTS- running over a distance up to 70m depending on the age group.
·FLAGS – sprinting a short distance after lying on their stomach to compete for hoses in the sand
·BEACH RELAYS – normally in groups of 4, same as sprints
·LONG RUN – distance suitable for the age group

Water Events:
·WADE – individual or teams vent running in the water at about knee to waist deep
·SWIM – swimming a course/distance suitable for the age group
·BOARD – paddling on a nipper board around a course or practice catching waves
·IRON NIPPER – swim/run/board/run over a specified distance for the age group
·CAMERON RELAY – team event comprising of 4 members, 1 swimmer, 2 runners and 1 board
·AQUA CAMERON - teams of four (1 runner, 1 wader,1 swimmer, 1 boarder)​ relay is wade, swim, board, a run leg between each water leg
·BOARD RESCUE – 2 person event, one swimmer and one paddler. Patient swims to cans (buoys) and waves to the board paddler to rescue and both return to shore on the board
·BOARD RELAY – team of 3 complete a relay race around the cans
·SURF TEAMS RACE – team of 4 compete, same as individual swim race
·TUBE RESCUE – Using a Tube float device to perform a rescue 

Surf Education
The Surf Education program is an important component to the Nipper program. It provides the theory side to what the Nippers learn in the water. It will include surf awareness, first aid and CPR. Each Nipper is required to complete this side of the program and will receive a certificate at the end of the season.

Age Group - Surf Education
Under 8 Surf Aware One // Under 9 - Surf Aware Two // Under 9 - Surf Safe One  // Under 10 - Surf Safe Two //
Under 11 - Surf Smart One // Under 12 - Surf Smart Two // Under 13 - Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)


Life Saving Victoria (LSV) sets a minimum proficiency standard that every child, new or old, must meet each year before they can compete in any carnival. Junior Activities Competition Skills Evaluations are used to ensure that Nippers who want to participate in Junior Carnivals meet the minimum swimming requirements for their competition age group. These evaluations are to be completed by the club by an appropriately qualified assessor in an open water environment. .

The proficiency standards for each individual age group are as follows:

  • Under 7 Not applicable (no Competition for under 7 must compete as under 8)
  • Under 8  Not applicable. Beach competition and wade in waist deep water only.
  • Under 9  150m open water swim 12 minutes (continuous freestyle)
  • Under 10 150m open water swim 11 minutes (continuous freestyle)
  • Under 11 288m open water swim 12 minutes (continuous freestyle)
  • Under 12 288m open water swim 10 minutes (continuous freestyle)
  • Under 13 288m open water swim 9 minutes (continuous freestyle)
  • Under 14 288m open water swim 9 minutes (continuous freestyle)
Three local competitions (Lakes Entrance, Woodside and Seaspray) are not run by LSV they are run by the local clubs for local club members and are designed fun and participation and therefore participation in these events is included in the Nipper program.

To be able to compete at LSV Junior Carnivals and the Victorian Junior Lifesaving Championships the following guidelines must be adhered to:

    • Competitors must hold the appropriate Preliminary Assessment and Competition Skills Evaluation for the age group they are competing in and they must be listed on SurfGuard before the carnival they are entering
    • To compete at the Victorian Junior Lifesaving Championships, the competitor must have completed their Surf Education Award appropriate for their age group and the Club must have entered the details on SurfGuard by close of entries.

Our Junior Sports coordinator will develop a training program for those Nippers who are interested in competing in Junior carnivals with the intension to compete at the Victorian Junior Lifesaving Championships. Conditions for Championship eligibility is described in the 2019-2 Junior Team Managers and Officials Handbook