Nippers Begins Saturday
23rd November at 3pm

Bring a wide-brim hat
and get there early to
pick up your rashie!


Club  Championships


The Nipper program is a great way for children to make friends, be active, and enjoy the beach in a safe environment. Our program includes a combination of beach activities (flags, sprints, relays, games) and water activities (swimming, wading, boards and simulated rescues), as well as surf education (theory and practical safety topics tailored for each age group). Upon completion of key program elements, Nippers qualify for an SLSA Surf Education Award which we present at our Junior Presentation Day.

In Australia, children can participate in Nippers from age 5 (the Under 6 group) through age 13 year (the Under 14 group). Children cannot be registered before their 5th birthday. To register for the upcoming season, please complete the steps outlined on the New Members—Join Now page. ONLY after you have joined with Surf Life Saving Australia and followed the other steps on that page should you complete the Nipper registration form below.

Please be aware that Nippers is not a learn-to-swim program. All participants in the Under 8 age group and above are assessed for competency in the water, in line with SLSA and LSV requirements.


Nippers will be awarded a SLSA Surf Education Award relevant to their Nippers age group at the end of the season, provided that they have at least a 75% attendance record at Nippers training. Under 14s complete their Surf Rescue Certificate, which enables them to participate as patrol members and water safety.

Age Groups

Nippers are appointed to an age group each season based on their age on 30th September. There are no exceptions. Each member’s date of birth is validated before participating.



Just for 14- to 17-year-olds, Hampton's youth/teens program is a fun, inclusive life saving program.

Youth who hold a Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) or Bronze Medallion (BM) are eligible to join us in this fun, social advancement program.

Opportunities for Youth/Teen Members

  • Patrol member

  • Water cover

  • Assistant age group manager

  • Lifesaving skills development

  • Senior competition

  • Coaching of nippers

  • Starfish assistant

  • IRB training and competition

  • Leadership development

  • Kiosk assistant


The Starfish Progam

Hampton Life Saving Club is proud and excited to support our 7th year of Starfish Nippers in 2019/2020. It is a modified program for young individuals between 5 and 18 years (or thereabouts) with special needs, such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, global developmental delay, Down syndrome, or other physical or intellectual disabilities or learning difficulties. Find out more in our Starfish Flyer.

Starfish Nippers aims to provide a water and beach safety and awareness through activities such as beach exercise, beach games, water familiarisation, swimming, beach and water activities, and safety education. The program includes swimming, board skills, surf awareness, kayaking, lots of games, and many other exciting activities. Everything is flexible, according to the needs of each Starfish Nipper, as well as weather and water conditions and club safety requirements.

Each Starfish Nipper is supported by a mentor who can help ensure maximum participation by adjusting the program as needed, and to maintain a high standard of water and beach safety. Starfish Nippers runs alongside HLSC Nippers on Saturday afternoons from November through March.

How to Sign Up/What to Expect

  1. First, click below to send an email and express your interest to the Starfish Nipper manager.

  2. Your Starfish Nipper will be assessed for how well the program might be suited to them, taking into account their medical conditions, abilities and needs.

  3. An Enrolment and Medical form must be completed prior to confirmation of acceptance into the program.

  4. Parents or guardians must remain on the beach at all times.

  5. Each Starfish nipper and at least one parent or guardian must be members of the club.



Club  Championships

Club Championship awards are based on a points system. Throughout the season, Nippers gain five points for each Saturday Nippers they attend, and at the end of the season, they can participate the HLSC Club Championship Day. It's a fun-filled event in which Nippers can put the skills they've learnt into practice. Points are awarded for:

  • ​1 point for every event started

  • 12 points for 1st place

  • 10 points for 2nd place

  • 8 points for 3rd place

  • 6 points for 4th place

  • 4 points for 5th place

  • 2 points for 6th place

Club Championship Day Events

  • U6 and U7 – Flags, Sprint, Wade

  • U8 and U9 – Flags, Sprint, Iron-Wade, Board

  • U10 to U14 – Flags, Run, Board, Swim, Iron

  • Youth/Teens – 2km Run, Flags, Board, Iron, Taplin-Relay

  • Parents – Flags at Dusk!

  • State March Past Team Demonstration

Club Championships Code of Conduct

We want everyone to enjoy the day, so we remind all competitors and parents of our code of conduct:

  • Listen to instructions from your age group manager and the area official

  • Race fairly – do not deliberately obstruct another competitor during a race

  • Do not argue with club officials (including age group managers and water safety officers)

  • Do not dispute results 


Hampton Life Saving Club

Beach Rd, Hampton VIC 3188, Australia