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 early November to end of February, generally on Sunday mornings from 10.00am to 12.00pm. We take a break during the January school holidays as many Nippers families are away.


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, including the use of the accessible club equipment and facilities during patrol times. Please visit our (link) Membership page for current fee information 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.

Swimming Proficiency

Being able to swim competently is an integral part of making children safe at the beach as well as allowing them to actively participate and enjoy lifesaving activities. The Nippers program is not a “learn to swim” program. We strongly encourage you to enrol your children in “learn to swim” classes depending on their current ability.

Swimming evaluations are in place to ensure that Nippers are fit and able to meet the minimum requirements for safety during the Nipper Program. The evaluations consist of a swim and survival float.

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