Also known as Kiama Kingfishers, our Nippers are comprised of kids age 5 -14 who wish to become more confident and skilled in the water, be more surf aware, all while having a great time with friends at the beach. As soon as your child turns 5, they are eligible to sign up for Nippers.
Run each Sunday morning from 9.45am – 11am (with some Saturday twilight Nippers), the Nipper’s program is a structured program that splits children into age groups and is coordinated by allocated and trained Age Managers. Kids are led on a variety of sand and water activities dependent on their age with the aim of increasing their knowledge and skills in a beach environment.
To keep up to date with all things Nipper related.
You are encouraged to join up to our ‘Kiama Kingfishers’ facebook page, or follow us on Team App.
Any changes will be emailed to members and posted via social media.
When signing up your child to join Nippers, we encourage adults to also consider becoming members under the ‘Family Membership’. This allows parents to assist your child on the day and be covered for insurance purposes.
All Nippers are required to attend a proficiency swim each year prior to the commencement of the Nippers season. These are conducted by the club usually in late September or early October each year. Dates will be advised via email, on social media, and through the website.
Due to COVID, Proficiency Swims for the 2020/21 season can be held in an open water area, with the use of increased water safety. As a club we have made the decision to undertake our swims on the beach during nippers.
Details on swim distances for each age group can be found in the pdf below.
Age Groups for the 2020/21 season are listed below. These age groups are determined by the age of the nippers as at midnight 30 September 2020.
|Birthdate between these dates||Age Group|
|1 October 2014 – 30 September 2015||U/6|
|1 October 2013 – 30 September 2014||U/7|
|1 October 2012 – 30 September 2013||U/8|
|1 October 2011 – 30 September 2012||U/9|
|1 October 2010 – 30 September 2011||U/10|
|1 October 2009 – 30 September 2010||U/11|
|1 October 2008 – 30 September 2009||U/12|
|1 October 2007 – 30 September 2008||U/13|
|1 October 2006 – 30 September 2007||U/14|
All members who assist with Nippers are required to complete a Member Protection Declaration form. Age Managers and members who assist with water safety are also required to hold a current Working with Children Check number. These will need to be provided to the club Registrar by the commencement of the Nippers season.
For further information please refer to the SLSNSW Working with Children Check Members fact sheet.
At a minimum, all nippers are required to purchase a nippers age coloured cap ($10 each), and for ages U8 and above a water safety high-vis vest is also required ($20 each). The cap is mandatory is wear during nippers and for safety reasons, it allows the child to be identified as participating in nipper activities. The high-vis vest is required for any nipper participating in a water activity for ages U8 and above.
A nipper will keep the same cap colour throughout nippers (see below).
Other items such as swimwear, shirts, and towels are also available for purchase from our Uniform Officer but are not mandatory.
Alternatively, a child can wear their own swimwear and rashie, as long as cap & vest can be worn over the top. Wetsuits are also welcome on those colder days.
Don’t forget your sunscreen and bring along a water bottle.
For those Nippers who are interested in competing, we do attend a number of carnivals such as the South Coast Branch carnival, Country Carnival, and the Sydney Water Series. For further information on Competition please refer to our Surf Sports page.
Our surf club is entirely run by volunteers. If your child is keen to join nippers, consider joining up as a member and volunteering your time. This could be as simple as helping to set up and clean up the beach before and after nippers, assisting with events during nippers, becoming an Age Manager, or Officiating at a carnival. It is a rewarding way to give back to the club and very much appreciated by our nipper group.