Nippers FAQ

This page contains a list of common FAQ’s. For more information please contact the Nippers Secretary via email at –

When are the registrations days for the 2018 / 19 Season?

The registration days are generally held on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of September. This year they will be held on the 9th & 16th of September between 9:00am and 11:00am at Dee Why SLSC.

Where are the registration days held?

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.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your child’s birth certificate and your driver’s license.

I can’t attend on registration days; can I still register?

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 Nipper uniform.

Registrations can also be completed online via the Surf Lifesaving Portal. Refer to the question below for more information.

Can I renew or join online?

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.

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.

I don’t live in the Dee Why area, can we still join Dee Why Nippers?

Certainly, Dee Why Surf Club will take members from any location – it is not necessary to live in the area to participate.

How old does my child have to be to join?

Children need to be 5 years of age by the opening of the Nipper season is the second Sunday in October.

How much is it to join?

The price differs depending on age group. Please view our membership fees page for the latest prices.

Do I need to join as well as my children?

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 Check. You can apply for the Working With Children Check with Service NSW. Follow the link here. Service NSW

Is there a family discount?

Yes. Visit our membership fees webpage and look for ‘family group’ to view current pricing.

What activities do you do at Nippers?

There are a range of beach and water events as well as a surf education component and introductory lifesaving skills.

Beach activities include Flags, 1km run, 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.

A complete list of aged activities is available on our What Nippers Learn webpage.

When does the Nipper Season start?

Nipper season starts on the second Sunday in October.

How can I contact my Age Manager or a Committee member?

A complete list of Nipper Committee members and their contact details is available on our Nippers Contacts webpage.

How do I check what Age group my child will be in?

Visit this page to view a matrix that defines which age group your child will be in – dependent on the year and month of their birth.

When is the Preliminary Evaluation swim? And where is it held?

The 2018 Preliminary Evaluation swim will be held on Sunday the 16th and 23rd September from 2pm – 4pm at Pittwater House.

I can’t make the scheduled Preliminary Evaluation swim assessment; can I do it at another time?

Yes. Arrangements can be made for swimming evaluations to be conducted on any child unable to attend the official preliminary evaluation day.

Alternatively Age Managers will conduct Preliminary Evaluation Swim at the Dee Why Pool early in the season.

How long does the season go for?

The season runs from October though to March with two weeks break over the Christmas / festive season.

What time does Nippers start ?

Marshaling in front of the club takes place at 8.45 sharp.

What time does Nippers finish?

Nippers is scheduled to finish between 10.30am and 11.00am.

What is my commitment as a Nipper parent?

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.

Your age managers will remind you when it’s your respective group’s turn to assist on these duties.

Please refer to the Nippers Calendar for more information.

Do I need to stay with my kids when they do Nippers?

Parents are expected to stay on the beach while Nippers is in progress. They are asked to assist where possible and to be involved.

Is the uniform compulsory?

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 webpage for more information.

What hours is the Uniform shop open?

The uniform shop is open on both registration days from 8am until 11am. For open dates & times during the Nipper season, please refer to the Nippers Calendar on TeamApp.

Does Nippers run in rainy weather?

Nippers will only be cancelled in the event of severe weather – contact your age managers to confirm.

What happens when water conditions are unfavorable?

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.

Can I take my child home early?

Yes. Please ensure your child’s name has been marked off the roll with the respective Age Manager – prior to leaving the beach.

What is Twilight Nippers?

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.

My child can’t swim can they still be a Nipper?

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 preliminary evaluation swim and float test.

Children U8 and above must be proficient (able to swim 50metres) in order to participate in the Nipper program.

What should my child do in the event he/she strays from their Age Group?

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.

What’s on when – Information evening, Carnivals, Twilight Nippers, Surf Education etc.?

A scheduled calendar of events is available in the Nippers Calendar. This can be accessed from our Nippers Calendar webpage.

When is the presentation of Awards?

Nippers presentation is held after the season has finished and is generally held three weeks after the last Sunday Nippers. Please refer to the Nipper Calendar for exact dates. This can be accessed from the Nippers Calendar webpage.

Does the club provide additional training?

Yes. Swim, Board, Flags, Sprints, 1K Run and Cross Training runs week days and on Saturday.

These sessions and times will vary from season to season. View the Nippers Training webpage 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 water (board & swim) training. Saturday sessions are open to Nippers (U8 – U14) at all levels – but they must be proficient.

Is there a pre-requisite to attend a Carnival?

All competitors must complete a minimum of 7 surf education days throughout the season and all water competitors in Under 9’s and above are required to complete a competition evaluation prior to participating in any Sydney Northern Beaches Carnival.

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.

Is there a cost to participate in a Carnival?

Due to the escalating cost of carnival entry fees, it has been necessary to have a once off competition fee of $30. 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.

Where and when are Carnivals held?

These dates and locations are set by Surf Lif Saving Sydney Northern Beaches and will be available at the beginning of the season, and listed in the Nippers Calendar.

Generally carnivals take place at Manly, Freshwater, Queenscliff, Newport, Narrabeen and Dee Why.

My child is only in one event at the Carnival – can we go when it’s finished?

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.

We haven’t registered for the Carnival; can we do a late entry?

Yes. Just turn up at the venue and register then, however an additional $10.00 fee will apply

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