About Black Rock Nippers



Life Saving Clubs from around Australia cater for junior members also known as “nippers”.





The Junior program is activity-based and has a strong Surf Education component that begins to train and prepare nippers to become future Life Savers.  Nippers are encouraged to have fun, develop new skills, meet new people, learn about water safety and develop an awareness of the beach and aquatic environment.  There is a strong sense of family and community at Black Rock LSC and this provides a safe and nurturing environment for young nippers.

Juniors can begin in the U6 age group.  This is a child who is 5 years of age on or before midnight 30th September in the current year.

The nippers are trained by experienced coaches.  These include 'Masters' and 'Seniors' who actively compete and patrol themselves and may become involved to teach specific skills, along with parents who are interested in developing their own knowledge of the sport of lifesaving and learn the skills of coaching.  All coaches are volunteers and hold a current Working With Children Card.  Training courses are offered by the club to all members via Life Saving Victoria.

The children are instructed in land based skills such as beach flags, running, and relay.  Water skills include wading, open water swimming, board skills and rescue techniques.  It is important to understand that nipper programs via Life Saving clubs are not 'learn to swim' programs.  To ensure all children have a suitable swimming ability to allow them to participate in these water activities, Surf Life Saving Australia has developed a Junior Preliminary Skills Evaluation for each age group.  Every nipper is required to participate in this evaluation, conducted by the club, prior to any junior water activity training or competition being undertaken.

In surf education nippers are taught vital water safety and survival skills,  as well as to appreciate and protect their environment.  As nippers progress through the age categories they will gain an understanding of health, lifesaving rescue techniques, first aid and resuscitation preparing them to achieve their Surf Rescue Certificate and start beach patrols at the age of 13, if they wish to.

Carnival based competition is offered in a number of different disciplines that helps nippers learn their beach and surf skills and also provides them with regular physical activity that incorporates fun and team work.  Competition is encouraged within an inclusive learning sportsmanlike behaviour.  Competition begins in the U8 age group.  Carnivals are held at different Bay and Surf beaches around the State each year, so they also provide a fabulous opportunity to explore different parts of Victoria.

Our intention at Black Rock LSC is to grow healthy, well balanced Life Savers within a supportive, fun and educational environment, that has at it's core family and community based values.


Summer Beach Training (November to February)


12.30 to 2.00pm


6.30 to 7.30pm

Always arrive 15 minutes early to each session for a briefing and time to apply sunscreen, get boards ready etc.

Winter Training (April to October)

Saturday (Pool)    

12.30-1.30pm   U8-U11s

Weekends (Pool)

varied times      U12 & over

Membership enquiries to Alison: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.