The registration days are generally held on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of September. This year they will be held on the 11th & 18th of September between 9:00am and 11:00am.
Registrations take place in the Swan Lounge – on the upstairs level of the Dee Why Surf Club, located on The Strand at Dee Why Beach.
Please bring your child’s birth certificate and your driver’s license.
Yes. Late registrations can be done in the Betty Barry Room (upstairs at the Dee Why Surf Club) on Sunday mornings from the beginning of the season.
Please arrive between 8.15 and 8.30 to complete registration forms and payment – and purchase uniform.
Registrations can also be completed online via the Surf Lifesaving Portal. Refer to the question below for more information.
Registrations can be completed online via the Surf Lifesaving Portal. The portal is very easy to use and allows family groups to be set up to renew all family members at once. Download this user guide (pdf) for more information.
Note that all family members need an individual account within the portal before they can be added to a family group.
When joining or renewing online, please ensure all mandatory fields are completed – emergency contact details are mandatory and we are unable to accept a ‘pending renewal’ into the system without this information being completed. The category Junior Activity Member (not Probationary) should be chosen for all nippers, 5 – 14 and General for all nipper parents.
Renewing and annual fee payment are two separate steps, so please ensure you also make your payment at the same time. As well as via credit card on the portal, payments may also be made by direct debit into the Dee Why SLSC account: BSB 062-155 Account: 10425496. Please include your surname as a reference. Fees payable are available here.
Certainly, Dee Why Surf Club will take members from any location – it is not necessary to live in the area to participate.
Children need to be 5 years of age by the opening of the Nipper season is the second Sunday in October.
Yes. The Dee Why Surf Club requires that at least one parent or guardian’s join as a Nipper Parent to accompany your child.
As a Nipper Parent you are also required by legislation to complete a Working With Children form.
There are a range of beach and water events as well as a surf education component and introductory lifesaving skills.
Beach activities include Flags, beach sprint and beach relays.
Water events include a Wade (run on sand and knee deep water) for U8s only.
Board events for U9’s and up.
Swim up to 290 m surf swim around cans for age groups U9s and up.
Iron Person, for age groups U9s and up. Not for the faint hearted – 290m swim, 70 m run, 400m board paddle and 70m run.
Nipper season starts on the second Sunday in October.
The 2016 proficiency swim will be held on Sunday the 18th and 25th September from 2pm – 4pm at the Warringah Aquatic Centre.
Yes. Arrangements can be made for swimming assessments to be conducted on any child unable to attend the official assessment day at the Warringah Aquatic Centre.
Alternatively Age Managers will conduct Swim Proficiencies at the Dee Why Pool early in the season.
The season runs from October though to March with two weeks break over the Christmas / festive season.
Marshaling in front of the club takes place at 8.45 sharp.
Nippers is scheduled to finish between 10.30am and 11.00am.
Parents are required to assist in beach set up and pack down and BBQ duty when their respective groups are rostered on. This only happens twice a season as a rule.
Volunteers are also sought twice a season to attend the Dee Why RSL club for ‘Cash Housie” this is usually a two-three hour commitment.
Your age managers will remind you when it’s your respective group’s turn to assist on these duties.
Please refer to the Nipper Handbook for more information. This can be downloaded from our Nippers Info and Sign Up page.
Parents are expected to stay on the beach while Nippers is in progress. They are asked to assist where possible and to be involved.
In order to participate, all Nippers must wear a Dee Why Nipper cap with their name clearly marked on it, a high visibility rash vest and a pair of Dee Why swimmers or shorts.
These items and others are available for sale from the Uniform Shop – located behind the first aid room on the ground floor of the clubhouse.
During Nippers only Dee Why swimmers, shorts and rash vests are permitted to be worn.
View our Nippers Clothing page for more information.
The uniform shop is open on both registration days from 8am until 11am. It is also open every Sunday during the lifesaving season prior to the commencement of Nippers and closes at 11am.
Nippers will only be cancelled in the event of severe weather – contact your age managers to confirm.
Water events will be held at the discretion of water safety and the patrol captain. The decision will be made based on conditions and the age group’s competency.
Yes. Please ensure your child’s name has been marked off the roll with the respective Age Manager – prior to leaving the beach.
Twilight Nippers is run on a Saturday, where it would otherwise conflict with a Carnival that may be running on the Sunday morning.
Twilight Nippers is a fun event starting at 3pm and finishing at 5.30pm followed by a BBQ and ‘sippers’ on the balcony of the Betty Barry Room. This is a fun and social evening for Parents and Nippers alike.
Children in U6 & U7 can still join nippers even if they are not proficient (able to swim 50metres) in the water.
However, once children reach U8 and above they are required to take an annual proficiency swim and float test.
Children U8 and above must be proficient (able to swim 50metres) in order to participate in the Nipper program.
With so much blue and white, little ones can easily end up in the wrong age group or find themselves ‘lost’.
In this event children should seek out an Age Manager, identified in the white long sleeve shirts or proceed to the ‘red’ patrol tent for assistance.
Educating your child to ‘go to the red tent’ if lost is recommended and instilled in children during surf education sessions.
Nippers presentation is held after the season has finished and is generally held towards the end of April. Please refer to the Nipper Handbook for exact dates. This can be downloaded from our Nippers Info and Sign Up page.
Yes. Board, beach, swim and cross training runs during the week.
These sessions and times will vary from season to season. View the nipper training page for more information.
Parents should check with Age Managers if their children can participate in these sessions.
** ONLY children that are proficient swimmers i.e. can swim 200 metres are able to participate in board training. Saturday sessions are open to Nippers at all levels – but they must be proficient.
From U8’s upwards.
All competitors must complete a minimum of 7 surf education days throughout the season in order to compete.
Competitors must complete a minimum training requirement in order to compete. This can be with the club or through an external source such as swimming training / squads / sprint training or the like.
Due to the escalating cost of carnival entry fees, it has been necessary to have a competition fee of $25. This is payable by any nipper that enters carnivals. If a Nipper is entered into a carnival and does not compete then new levy will be imposed. Download the document below for more information.
Competitor Information and Fees (Last updated 04/12/2015, Revision A)
These dates and locations are set by Branch and will be available at the beginning of the season, and listed in the Nipper Information Booklet.
Generally carnivals take place at Manly, Freshwater, Queenscliff, Narrabeen and Dee Why.
Competitors and their families are expected to stay for the duration of the carnival to encourage their team mates and assist if and where required.
Yes. Just turn up at the venue and register then, however an additional $10.00 fee will apply