Registration for this years Nipper program is now CLOSED.

Click Here to Register Online

Before registering your child/ren for the Nipper Program you need to make sure you have completed the steps detailed below.

Due to group size restrictions related to COVID, we will be capping each group at 20 kids (20 boys & 20 girls each age group), on a first in basis. In the event of an over subscribed age group, preference will be given to previous Nippers.

Nipper Program 2020/21

In these uncertain COVID times, minor late changes to program dates remain a possibility. However at this point the season dates, as we expect them to run, are outlined below.

Nipper Registration Season 2020/21

Welcome to another Nipper Season at Fairhaven. Registrations open on Nov 1 so get your renewals / memberships sorted now, save your payment receipt details & get ready to sign the kids up. The process is certainly much easier for returning members than it used to be, & with your family set up properly & all linked on the portal, you should be able to renew & pay in under 5 minutes!

See below for the steps to follow for New Members wishing to join Fairhaven SLSC or Existing Members wishing to renew their membership and have their children participate in the nipper program.


Steps for Existing Members
@ Fairhaven SLSC



Steps for New Members
@ Fairhaven SLSC

(ie. those wishing to join the club)


Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact either Nicole or Kirstin below:-

Nipper queries:
Kirstin Charlesworth – [email protected]org

Membership and Nipper queries:
Nicole Clarke – [email protected]

Nipper Season Dates 2020/21

Sunday, 27 December Session 1
Monday, 28 December Session 2
Tuesday, 29 December Session 3
Wednesday, 30 December Session 4
Thursday, 31 December Session 5
Friday, 1 January Door Knock
Saturday, 2 January Session 6
Monday, 4 January Rest Day
Tuesday, 5 January Club Champs / Nipper Pizza Night
*** New Date ***
Tues-Thurs, 5-7 January Skills/Comp Training Sessions, times TBA
Friday, 8 January Previous Cosy Date
Saturday, 9 January Virtual Pier to Pub
Sunday, 10 January Tim Gates (pm) details TBC


Comp Season 2019/20

Any Nippers U9-U13 welcome to join comp training, venue depends on tides & conditions, details advised via What’s App feed. If you would like to join the What’s App Comp Feed, just text Kirstin on 0409644435.

Mon Jan 6 / Tues Jan 7 / Wed Jan 8 / Thurs Jan 9

Further training dates, Carnival Dates & locations will be updated once released by LSV.

State Champs Warnambool March 7/8/9, 2020.


The Fairhaven SLSC Nippers has a proud history of teaching children how to have fun & keep safe on the beach since the summer of 1972/73.

The program is designed for children aged 5-14 & aims to teach them to be aware of important beach hazards (such as rips), as well as helping them to develop surf swimming & boarding skills. It also provides a terrific opportunity for physical activity, social interaction with peers & to improve awareness regarding environmental issues affecting our beaches & waterways. As Nippers move through the program they also acquire basic first aid & resuscitation skills. To enrol in our youngest age category, “Mozzies”, children must be 5 years old by September 30 in the year that they start. For details regarding age group cut off see Age Groups.

Nippers have the opportunity to compete in Competitions & Carnivals, both during the summer months & beyond (for more information see Nipper Competitions). The competition calendar culminates in the Victorian State Championships hosted by various SLSC’s state-wide. Children wishing to compete at these events are required to do a “Competition Competency Assessment” during the main Nipper program (which has replaced the S Badge) to ensure that they are safe to compete in the water.

Following on from the Nippers Program, young members of Fairhaven SLSC (aged 13-15) are able to gain their SRC (Surf Rescue Certificate), which is the first step to becoming a life saver or Patrolling member. This course runs as an 8 day program over summer (for details see Training & Assessment).

The Bronze Medallion course is run from age 15.