Program information

Refer to Key Dates section below or for detailed program information go to the Club website at A copy of this information will be provided with your Nippers bag.  Please read this information before emailing or phoning with questions about the program. Click Here to view a PDF version of the program.

This year’s program will run for 7 days commencing on Thursday 29 December 2016 and concluding on Thursday 5 January 2017.  New Year’s Day will be a rest day.  The program will then run between 9.30am and 11.45pm each day. Please note that due to our larger numbers this season some activities may run over time.

Days 1-6 of the program will be conducted at Woolamai Waters, end of Cottosloe Avenue, Cape Woolamai. The final day of the program will be run at the Surf Life Saving Club beach subject to beach conditions.  A decision on location will be made the day prior and will be announced during the program.  Check out the program information details on the website for information.  Each day at the start and end of the program there will be announcements about the following day’s activities.  Please listen for up to date information.  We will also have A frame whiteboards on the beach with program information.

Registration day -Nippers bag & rash vest collection

Wed 28 Dec



Age manager/assistant age manager briefing

Wed 28 Dec



Nippers day 1

Thu 29 Dec


Woolamai Waters

Nippers day 2

Fri 30 Dec


Woolamai Waters

Nippers movie night

Fri 30 Dec

Little kids movie 4.30pm

Medium kids movie 6.30pm

Big kids movie 8.00pm


Nippers day 3


Woolamai Waters

Rest day

New Years Day


Nippers day 4

Have a go day

Competition day

Mon 2 Jan


Woolamai Waters

Nippers day 5

Tue 3 Jan


Woolamai Waters

Resuscitation Award for Light Green Group –U12s

Tue 3 Jan



Helpers Pizza Night

Tue 3 Jan

6.30pm onwards


Nippers day 6

Wed 4 Jan


Woolamai Waters

Emergency Care Award for Dark Green Group –U13s

Wed 4 Jan



Nippers day 7

Thu 5 Jan


Woolamai Beach –surf beach







































Where do I pick up my Nippers gear?

Nippers bags and pre-ordered rash vests can be collected from the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club between 9.30am-12.30pm on Wed 28 December.  If you cannot attend, please arrange for someone else to collect you bag and rash vest for you.  If bags and rash vests are not collected then this creates a lot of work transporting gear to the beach. It will also create long lines at the first Nippers session which means your children may miss the first activity and/or delay the start of the program.  Please think of others and do the right thing by collecting your bags and rash vests at the right time.


Nippers merchandise (including a limited number of boys and girls bathers) will be available for sale.  Some of these items will sell out quickly.  Please try to bring the correct cash as this will make purchasing quicker.  A credit card facility may be available but will be subject to telecommunication coverage and potentially lengthy queues.

Merchandise Price List:

Nippers rash vests




Tee shirts


Bucket hats


Girls bathers-new style


Girls bathers-old style


Boys bathers –new style


Boys bathers –old style


Coffee cups


Wrist bands



Which group will my child be in?

Nippers is organised into groups sorted by your child’s age as at 1 October 2016:


Age group

Cap colour

5* & 6











Light blue



Dark Blue



Light Green

12 & 13


Dark Green

 *must have finished one year of school and be accompanied by a parent during all Nippers activities.

Unless you’ve requested that your child be in a different age group, they will be placed in the group for their age.

On day 1, please go to the coloured flag area for your child’s age group and see one of the age managers, who will help your child to find the correct group (there will be more than one age group in each level, to ensure group sizes are manageable).  Alternatively, please go to the registration desk, and we can direct you to the right place.

Second hand wet suit sale

  • Do you have a wet suit that your Nipper or you have outgrown?
  • Are you in the market for a previously loved wet suit?

If you have a second hand wet suit you would like to sell please drop it off at the Clubhouse early on Bag Pick Up Day (Wed 28 Dec).  You will be asked to provide wet suit details, your contact details and a price that you would like to sell the wet suit for.  The wet suits will be on display daily at the registration desk until sold.  All we ask is for a 20% donation from the sale.  Unsold wet suits and monies collected must be collected from the Registration Desk before the completion the program (failing which it will be deemed to be a donation to the Club).

How can I help?

It takes a lot of organising before the season as well as a lot of hard work during the season to deliver our Nippers program.  Thank you to the many people who have come forward and already offered to help with various tasks during the program.  On registration day we will be asking people to pick which day they can help with:

  • Set up duty
  • Pack up duty
  • BBQ duty
  • Carrying the gear basket for a group
  • Washing water safety rash vests
  • Registration desk duty
  • First aid duty

All parents will be expected to help at least once with one of these tasks if they do not have other Nippers roles.  A separate Helpers Bulletin will be sent very shortly to people who have already offered help with a range of tasks before the start of the program:

  • Nippers bag packers (needed at Clubhouse from 7pm on Tue 27 December)
  • Registration day helpers (must be available all morning Wed 28 December)
  • Transporting gear from the Club residence to the beach (needed from 2pm on Wed 28 December)
  • Registration desk helpers (must be available to help out at registration desk for a few mornings during program)

If you can help with any of these roles please email

Age Manager Briefing/Training

An age manager and assistant age manager briefing will be held at the Clubhouse at 7pm -9pm on Wed 28 Dec.  Age manager folders, shirts, caps and rosters will be handed out at this briefing.  The program will be explained in detail.  Included in this briefing is an upskilling/refresher course will be held.  This will be pitched at both existing and new age managers and assistants.

Water Safety

We will need all ex-Nippers who have their SRC or Bronze Medallion to come and assist with water safety during the program.  We would also love to see you back to help out as assistant age managers.  This is an important way to practice your newly gained life saving qualifications and the Nippers love seeing you there.  Please be there by 9am each day.  Please bring your wetsuit.  We will supply orange water safety rash vests, caps and all equipment.  Each person who helps out will receive a sausage and soft drink at the end of Nippers each day. There may even be a special thank you gift for those of you who help out every day.  If you are helping with water safety, no need to RSVP, just turn up.  If you would like to be an assistant age manager then please email

Surf Rescue Certificate ("SRC") and Nippers dates are different

Do you have an older child enrolled in the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) this year?  If so, please be aware that it is a separate program run by the Club and is held on different dates. 

  • SRC starts two days before Nippers, on 27 December
  • It starts earlier (8.45am) and finishes later (1pm) than Nippers
  • It runs on 1 January, but in the afternoon (3-7pm)
  • It finishes three days before Nippers, on 2 Janua
  • It will be run from the Woolamai Beach SLSC clubhouse, not at Woolamai Waters

We would love to see this season’s SRC graduates help us with water safety on the last three days of the Nippers program, on 3, 4 & 5 January.  If your child (sorry teenager) did SRC last season we would like to see them help out with water safety for the whole Nippers program.

Please refer to the registration email you will have been sent by the club in or after September when you registered your SRC child for further information on the SRC program.

Resuscitation & Emergency Care Award for Light Greens (Under 12s) and Dark Greens (Under 13s)

We are very pleased to announce that this season we will be conducting a Resuscitation Award & Basic Emergency Care Award course for the older children in the Nippers program.  The Resuscitation Award will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to perform CPR during an emergency incident.

The Light Green group will participate in this award course between 8.45am-1.00pm on Tue 3 Jan at the Clubhouse instead of the usual beach program.  The Basic Emergency Care Award will help the participant gain knowledge and skills to deliver basic emergency care and deal with injuries at an incident scene.

The Dark Green group will participate in this award course between 8.45am-1.00pm on Wed 4 Jan at the Clubhouse instead of the usual beach program.

These are nationally recognised qualifications which will provide participants with their first step toward becoming a surf life saver.  Each course is free of charge.  Parents will be asked to fill out a course form before the course.  Please arrange drop off, pick up, a snack and drinks for your children.

Bather donations for Vietnam

Water Safety Vietnam Ltd. is a registered Australian charity.  Every day over 35 children drown in Vietnam.  In order to promote water safety programs in the region, Life Saving Victoria is collecting second hand bathers to donate.  Woolamai Beach SLSC is pleased to be able to support this great initiative.  We will have a collection box at the Clubhouse on Bag Pick Up Day and at the registration desk during the program.  For cultural reasons, one piece girls bathers and board shorts for boys preferred.

If you would like to make a donation or know more about this wonderful initiative, please visit

Thank you to our Sponsors

The Nippers program would not be possible without the amazing support of our Sponsors.

Woolamai House

We are delighted to again be partnering with our major sponsor making this our 6th season with Woolamai House who are proud to support this vital water learning program for young swimmers. Woolamai House would like to wish this year’s Nippers great fun as they learn how to be sun smart, aware of the surf and, how to play safely in water.  Woolamai House are ending 2016 with great cheer and it has been a fantastic year exceeding all expectations with 25 new buyers choosing to call Woolamai House home and many families moving in.

This year Woolamai House evolved from a land estate to a community!

With beachfront land just moments from the unspoilt Cape Woolamai foreshore, demand has sky rocketed for Woolamai House.  Hurry, last lots remaining in this premium estate. Only 14 beachside lots left.  Secure your Island lifestyle, make Phillip Island your home.

Click here to view our Lifestyle Video.

Contact Greg Price 0407 347 509 or Cam Watters 0499 522 633

Sales Office open by appointment @ Grofam Court.

Water Bottles

A big thank you to Jason & Yvette and crew at Smash for their support over many years - they are again supplying this years' water bottles!


A big thank you to Mark Parris from Risk Partners Pty Ltd and Deb and Dave for their kind donation which has enabled us to purchase new tents for this season.  Last year our tents were stolen while being packed up at another event so it was great that they were able to come to our rescue.

Enrolment process

Enrolling 400 children into Nippers over a short period of time is a complex process.  Unfortunately we have experienced a couple of technical difficulties this season.  Due to the high volume of people enrolling at the same time the system was unable to generate confirmation emails to all participants.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

If anyone has any IT skills and can assist the Club in streamlining this process for next season then please get in touch via

We need your help next year as well!

Helping organise Nippers is a very rewarding and social experience.  There are lots of roles and tasks which need to be carried out between now and next season.  A number of Nippers committee members will be retiring this season after many years of service, however they will be available to help new committee members learn their roles.  During the program we will be seeking expressions of interest to form next year’s Nippers Committee.  You can do this by approaching Jason at the registration desk or emailing  Many of the roles/tasks can be shared so no one is doing too much work –and its more fun this way. Many tasks can be carried throughout the year whenever it is convenient for you (just as long as they are completed by next season).

Further enquiries

All information about the Nippers program will be published and regularly updated in the Nippers section of the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club website.  Go to

Regular emails will also be sent to everyone on our email list.  If you have any further queries or would like to be added to our email list please contact

See you down the beach!