What is Nippers?

Nippers is Fun! Nippers is Outdoors! Nippers is Active! Nippers is Healthy! Nippers is making new friends! Nippers is learning new skills! Nippers is Teamwork! Nippers opens the doors to other ocean activities!

Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club has a highly active Nipper club, with over 200 children, aged between 4 and 14 years, learning the basics of lifesaving and beach safety every week throughout the summer. It is a fantastic way to get and stay fit and improve core strength, agility and coordination. 

Nippers offers the opportunity to learn basic First Aid, Water Safety and training of varied water skills like surf swimming, body boarding, and knee boarding and how to compete as part of a team.

Fish Hoek Surf Life Saving Club has a professional management and coaching team and is a fun and competitive family club.

We welcome new members and visitors.

The club is generally buzzing with members from 10am on a Sunday, so come on down and find one of our friendly crew who will show you around.

The only pre-requisite to trying out Nippers is the ability to swim, with the exception of Starfish and MicroNippers. A wetsuit is recommended but not a requirement.

When does it all happen?

Our Nippers train every Sunday throughout the two summer school terms, with breaks for holidays.

Sundays:
10:30 – 12:30 for u9 – u14 Nippers.
10:45 – 11:45 for Starfish and MicroNippers

*at this stage, the Micro’s and Starfish cannot train during Covid-19 Level 1 Lockdown*

Tuesdays: 5:30pm to 6:30pm for u9 – u14 Nippers, starting October

Thursdays: 5:30pm to 6:30pm for u9 – u14 QUALIFIED Nippers only, starting January

It is advisable to get to the club early in order to begin training at 10:30.

What are the age-groups?

The lifesaving year begins on 1 October, unlike our school year.  Your child’s age group is determined by their age on 1st October.

Nippers train in one of five categories:

Starfish: Very basic introduction to Nippers for 4 to 6 year olds

Micro-Nippers: Some swimming and board-work, as well as basic safety and first aid for 6 to 8 year olds

U9 & 10 Nippers: Skills training social nippers, who are aged 8 (U9) or 9 (U10) on the 1st of October.

U11 & 12 Nippers: Skills training social nippers, who are aged 10 (U11) or 11 (U12) on the 1st of October.

U13 & 14 Nippers: Skills training social nippers, who are aged 12 (U13) or 13 (U14) on the 1st of October.

Children who are aged 14 on the 1st of October, move up to the Junior section of the lifesaving club, and no longer fall under the Nipper section.