Nippers is a junior (ages 5 - 13) surf life saving program to promote the skills and knowledge required to safely have fun in the water. The program runs weekly from late October to February, generally on Sunday mornings from 09:45am - 11:30am. We take a break during the January school holidays as many Nippers families are away on holiday

Altona Lifesaving Club has a cap on the number of participants we can accommodate within the Nippers program. Interested parents are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment!

Where is it?

Altona Life Saving Club runs a Nippers program at Altona Beach, adjacent to the Altona Pier (clubroom address is 127 Esplanade, Altona).

How much is it?

Fees are charged on a per family membership basis and provide a range of benefits for the whole family. New membership fees start from $211 (family with 2 adults and 1 child) and includes the use of the accessible club equipment and facilities during patrol times.

What do you cover during the program?

Basic knowledge of water safety is vital when swimming at the beach. The Altona Nippers program aims to provide the opportunity for children to gain valuable water and surf safety skills and knowledge in a safe and fun environment.

The Nipper program incorporates the national Surf Education Program, which is structured specifically to cater to children's age and ability.  It progressively teaches children basic life-saving skills required to be safe in and around an aquatic environment. Each year, Nippers will be awarded their Surf Education Award at the completion of the program if they have completed the minimum required sessions.

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Swimming Proficiency

To ensure the safety of participants, all children 7 years (U8) and up have to be able to demonstrate their ability to swim a set distance before participating in Sunday Nipper Sessions.

For U8-U10 it is a 25 m freestyle swim and 1 min survival float. For U11 it is 50 m freestyle swim and 2 min survival float and it progresses to 200 m freestyle swim (within 5 min) and 3 min survival float for U14.

We welcome all children of all skill levels, but strongly advise children 8 years and up to have swimming experience. We do not teach them to swim and it is expected that your child will have current or previous experience in swimming lessons or squads.