Nipper Coordinator - 

Nipper and Cadet Programs   
Commence 5th December 2021

Membership paid online 

Registration still open and can be completed online.  

Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation  
Thursday 25th or Friday 26th November
4:30 - 5pm at Nuns Beach

Portland's Nipper program is a Surf Education Program for 5 to 12 year olds, Cadets is a Surf  Sports and Surf Rescue Certificate Program for 13 to 15 year olds which will commence Sunday 5th  December 2021  at Bridgewater Bay. The program runs for 10 sessions between the start of December and end of February. 

There are limited places for under 7 year olds. Under 7's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the water activities.  For safety reasons U7 will be only participating in hip depth water.

This program is structured specifically to their ages and abilities.  It gradually teaches kids basic lifesaving skills required to be safe at the beach as well as developing their skills to compete in surf sports.



After registration, ALL nippers are required to participate in a swim evaluation (Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation) or hand in a completed swim skill evaluation form that has been signed off by a qualified AUSTSWIM teacher or coach.  Click here to access the form.


Please Help our Nippers !

 We are asking that each family join at least one parent to help with our program.  Our Club and our Junior Program is run by volunteers.

A successful nipper program relies upon parental involvement.  There are many ways that parents can become involved.  They include:


  • Beach Assistance - assisting with group activities and games on the beach and up to knee depth water.  Assistance in this area would release those with the valuable water safety qualification to keep our Nippers safe in the water.

  • Age Manager - Each group requires an adult to lead them through the activities each week. Consider gaining your Age Managers qualification to help look after an age group.  Age Managers are not required to enter the water.​

  • Water Safety - Water-based activities require supervision ratio of 1:5.  For under 7s and non-swimmers the ratio is 1:1.  In the past, many parents have taken on the rewarding challenge of completing their Bronze Medallion.


The nipper program requires intensive parental help.  If you can see yourself helping on the 'front line' with the program please see Helen Snibson on Registration Day or contact her on