Gazley Nipper Programme


The RBSLSC runs a great Nipper programme during the summer holidays for children aged 5 to 14*.  Sessions are held every day except public holidays and some weekends.  The season starts on 29th December and ends after Wellington Anniversary weekend. 

Nippers is a fun introduction to surf skills and water safety for children.  At Riversdale Beach we have a team of trained Nipper coaches and lifeguards that run the sessions.  Apart from being a great introduction to surf lifesaving, it is a great way for children to meet others and to build their confidence.

Children are encouraged to take part in the annual Nipper carnival which is usually held on Wellington Anniversary weekend.  They will be taught the skills required for this during the Nipper sessions such as beach flags and board skills.

Details for 2022/2023

Our coaches this season are;

  • Nipper coordinator: Jane Tiley
  • Head coach: Jack Ritchie
  • Team leaders: Tom Pou, James Quinn
  • Nipper coaches: Bella Betham, Millie Devine, Sydney Devine, Charlie Matthews, Hestor Radford, Ruby Ritchie, Holly Simpson, Jake Townsend
  • Volunteer coaches: Mila Townsend, Lucy Wyeth

Nippers will be held on the following days;

  • Week One: Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th December
  • Week Two: Wednesday 4th January to Friday 6th January
  • Week Three: Monday 9th January to Friday 13th January
  • Week Four: Monday 16th January to Friday 20th January

We will be running the same age group format again this year.  Details are below.

  • Nippers - School year 1 and 2 - 9.00am to 10.00am
  • Nippers - School year 3 and 4 - 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Nippers - School year 5 and 6 - 11.30am to 12.30pm
  • Cadets - School year 7, 8 and 9 - 12.30pm to 1.30pm


Registrations will open online from 1 December. Please ensure that you login to the website and register well ahead of time - at least the day before attending.  Keep an eye out for our email notifying you that registrations are open.

If you have any problems registering online, please pop in to the club any time from 8.00am on 28 December. 

All Nippers are required to wear a club rash top.  These can be purchased as part of the registration process.  You can pop into the club from 8.00am on 28 December to pick these up.

Our club administrator Hannah Pou will be available at the club on weekdays from 8.00am to 4.00pm.

This year you can choose to register for the full season or selected weeks. The fees are as follows;

  • Weekly registration - $30 per child/per week
  • Full season - $60 per child

Thank you to Gazley's for supporting our Nipper programme.