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Nipper FAQ's

Does the Nipper Program teach my child to swim?

NO – Nippers is not a learn to swim program and we strongly advise that you enrol your child in swimming lessons all year.

The Preliminary Swim Assessment has strict minimum swim requirements that your child must be able to complete prior to commencing the Nipper Programs; this is not only for your child’s safety but also for the safety of others.

If your child wishes to compete at carnivals in water events, they will need to qualify for their S-Badge.

Please advise your child’s Age Group Team Manager if your child is not a competent swimmer.

Is there a uniform?

The Jan Juc SLSC shop stocks an extensive variety of Club clothing.

All nippers must wear a competition cap along with a fluoro rash vest during all sessions so they are easily identifiable to coaches, age group managers and water safety. This is a Surf Life Saving Australia requirement for all participants. All Nippers are issued with a flouro rash vest in their Nipper Packs so they are easily identifiable during water activities.

It is compulsory to wear the Club competition cap and pink competition rash vest at Carnivals. Nippers must also have a t-shirt and bucket hat to marshal in.

It can inspire great Club spirit at Carnivals (particularly Victorian Junior Lifesaving Championships) when our team members are in Club clothing. It can provide a great sense of belonging and Club pride.

JJSLSC is a SunSmart Club. All nippers are required to where a broad brimmed hat, sunscreen and rash vest. Wetsuits are not compulsory but very advisable in Victorian waters.

What do I need to do as a parent?

All of the people who make Nippers happen each year are volunteers. We expect every parent to help in some way as part of the Nipper program. Jobs range from Committee Members, Coaches & Team Managers to Water Safety, Officials, Equipment set up/pack or cooking the BBQ.

We are always looking for parents to help out so please let us know in which are you are interested and we can find you a suitable job.

As well as the reward of seeing our kids develop, the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club also provides great opportunities to develop skills for parents. This includes officials, first aid, bronze medallion and IRB courses. Please let your team manager know if you are interested.

It is also important that you are on the beach and available at all times for your child.

Please ensure your Working with Children Check is current for the safety of all our Nippers. All members must have a Working with Children Check if they are over 18.

What happens to images taken of the nippers?

By becoming a member of a Surf Life Saving club you consent to the Club using your name, image, likeness and performance in any surf lifesaving activity at any time to promote the Club, by any form of media. As per Clause 8 of the Membership Application/Renewal.

What happens after Nippers?
There are many opportunities for young people in the senior areas of the Club.

− Patrol Jan Juc beach (this includes those who have attained land-based awards only)

− Compete in senior carnivals

− Specialise in areas of competition at a State or National Level

− Become involved in many leadership and personal development programs including becoming an Age Group Manager for the Summer Holiday Program!

Speak to our Juniors’ Manager for more information about life after Nippers.

What does Nippers cost?
We have two options for Family Membership:

1. Family Membership – For one parent/carer and one dependent (U21) $230

2. Family+ Membership – For two parents/carers and unlimited dependents (U21) $385

Both options are at concessional rates and include the following for each nipper:

• a “Nipper Pack”, which includes: T-shirt; Rash vest; Bucket hat

• free registration for the Summer Holiday Program and Surf Sports Program

• competencies booklet

• S-Badge testing

• Life Saving Victoria awards coaching & training

• equipment use (excluding board hire)

• free entry to Danger Dash or Danger 500

Possible Additional Costs:

Board Hire & Bond $180

Competition Cap $ 15

Other optional merchandise - various prices

Carnival Fees - approx. $40 per carnival

There is no refund or credit (full or pro-rata) for any payment.

If you have any other questions regarding membership or payments, please contact the office on: email: or phone: 0475 265 820

How do I find out what is happening around the Club and stay up to date?

The website and Team App are our main sources of information on what is going on. For Facebook users, it is recommended you join “Go Juc” – Jan Juc Surf Club Group.







The Jan Juc SLSC has proudly patrolled the Jan Juc beach since 1963 and is a volunteer, family oriented club offering Life Saving Services, Nippers Surf Education and Surf Sports Program, Senior Surf Sports Competition and Training.

Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club Inc. 
 Office0475 265 820
 Location10 Clubhouse Road, Jan Juc
 Postal AddressPO Box 179, Torquay, Victoria, 3228
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