How to Join Forster Nippers:
Several Registration days are held before the season proper starts and most Sundays from the beginning of the season to the first day of Nippers.
We also accept new members up to the Christmas break.
*All Nippers are required to have one parent/carer join up as an associate member of the club – this is a requirement of Surf Lifesaving Australia and is for insurance purposes. Forster SLSC offers the Nipper Parent Membership at a discounted rate of $20. Only one carer per family is required to join.
Uniform and Swimwear
Skull cap colours:
Under 6’s Red
Under 7’s Purple
Under 8’s Green
Under 9’s Aqua
Under 10’s Yellow
Under 11’s. White
Under 12’s Blue
Under 13’s Pink
Under 14’s Forster SLSC Green and Gold Quartered Cap
Please note that if your child is in Under 6's this year and wears an Green cap, next year when they are in Under 7's they will retain the same colour. This will alleviate the need to buy a new coloured cap each season and help everyone know what age group they are in and where they should be on the beach.
There are over 27,000 junior surf lifesavers in New South Wales. Nippers start learning about surf awareness and safety through the Surf Life Saving Education Program (Surf Ed). They are also able to participate in board paddling, surfing, swimming, running, wading and other fun activities.
Practising these skills allows children to compete in club, branch, state and national carnivals representing their club. Forster Surf Life Saving Club offers a program of surf awareness, skills coaching and competition over various levels, similar to the events Australia’s Surf Life Savers participate in.
While competition is an important element, the surf awareness and education aspect of the program is the primary aim. Children are taught from a young age how to respect the surf, read the surf and use the surf to their advantage. This is done in an environment of fun, healthy lifestyle and camaraderie which is unique to surf lifesaving.
Who can Join Nippers?
A child may join the Nippers as soon as he or she turns 5 years of age, but not before.
Age groups are determined using the child’s age as at 30 September each year.
Birthday 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
Any boy or girl can join. They do NOT have to be super competitors or super athletes. One of the best features of Nippers is seeing young children overcome their fear of the water and develop skills for life. Children who are afraid of the water can develop through encouragement, education and training to be confident in the surf.
We are privileged in having the use of the ocean baths, or “the Bullring”, which allows children who may initially be frightened of the surf to participate in water activities. Please note it is not the role of Nippers to teach children to swim.
We encourage all parents to enrol their children in the local YMCA to learn to swim.