Juniors, more commonly know as nippers, is a foundational beginning for our club. Juniors covers the age groups from 5 to 15 years of age (need to be a minimum of 5 years of age as of October 1st to join), and is run between October and March.

We promote a fun and safe environment on the beach which is not only enjoyable for the Nipper, but the entire family as well. The program also mentors our youth into the cadets program before undertaking the Bronze Medallion and other senior awards. All children are encouraged to “have a go” at activities, but no one is forced to do anything that they aren’t comfortable with or don’t want to do.

Nippers does not teach swimming but surf and water skills. It is essential that your child is capable of undergoing a pool proficiency swim.

Children from Under 8 to Under 14’s are eligible to compete at Interclub and State carnivals provided they have passed the relevant proficiency for their Age Group. Carnival events include beach sprints and relays, beach flags, surf swims, board events and March Past.

At Fairy Meadow SLSC we encourage parents to play an active role in the Nippers program. There are many roles parents can fulfil in the surf club to help. Fairy Meadow SLSC would like to extend their thanks to our parents and volunteers – without you, there would be no nippers!

Juniors also incorporates our cadets (13 -15 year olds) who are able to complete their Surf Rescue certificate. This enables members to become a patrolling member, help with water safety and learn skills they can use when they become eligible for the Bronze Medallion.

For more information about the Nippers program at Fairy Meadow please email our Junior Chairperson at nippers@fairymeadowslsc.com