sorrento nippers resources

It's going to be another great season: Shories, Wind, Rain, Latte's, Insides, Outsides, Sun, Sand, the Polaris, All Smiles,  Rocks, Toes, Sausages, Flags, Boards, S-Badges,  Sunscreen, Baskets, Towels, Foamies, Seaweed. Can't wait!

Sorrento Nippers Time Table & Session Times for this season. Make sure you go to the right Beach!

Contact us

Postal Address:
PO Box 395, Sorrento, Victoria 3943

Clubhouse (Patrol Days ONLY): 5984 ....

Clubhouse Facility enquiries:

Marc Clavin: (B) 5984 ....

Nipper Coordinators

Chris Biermann 
Andrew Stephen 
Liz Atkinson 
Ryan Cromwell 
Sebastian Hales 
nippers@Sorrento ....

Nipper Competition

Niki Riddiford 
nippers.comp@Sorrento ....

Water Safety Coordinator

Sebastian Hales 
Sebastian.Hales@Sorrento ....

Membership Queries

Duncan Stirling: 0412 ... ...
Duncan.Stirling@Sorrento ....

Sorrento SLSC Nippers
sorrento nippers program - Dec 2022 to Feb 2023

Nippers Program 
Sorrento Nippers is a Junior Development program for children 7-13 years of age. The program aims to educate children about surf and beach safety using games and fun activities to promote awareness. There is a heavy reliance on experienced, skilled water safety personnel to ensure the children are educated appropriately and safely in the aquatic environment. Similarly educated personnel are used to educate in life saving and matters pertinent to the beach environment.

The Sorrento Nippers program prides itself on teaching skills on the back beach with actual surf. This more challenging environment allows the participants to be able to handle all ranges of beach and surf conditions, skills that stay with them for life.

Season Dates 2022/2023 

The season is scheduled to commence on Sunday 27 November, (which will include the swim evaluation test) and then run every Sunday through till 18th December for the Xmas break. Post the holiday break, sessions will re commence Sunday 8th Jan and run weekly through to Sunday 29th Jan (& there might be an extra hard core Feb 5th session - TDB).

There will be an intra club carnival day on Australia Day, Thursday 26th Jan.

The sessions will go from 8:45am-11:00am, broken into two groups with 8:45am (U11, 12, 13) and 9:45am (U8, 9, 10) start times, please see the Nippers Calendar for details.

Each individual session, will focus on practical activities, such as swimming, wading and using the boards broken into 20 minute sessions. The theoretical educational piece will still remain though will be a combination of on the beach and use of the LSV online learning modules.


This season the first 2 sessions will be held at the front beach (details to come) and then remaining sessions and Intra Club carnival held at Sorrento Back Beach. The front beach sessions are designed to focus on technique and inspire confidence in the younger nippers before taking them out to the more challenging back beach environment.

This season we will send updates out Friday night week prior to the session to confirm either front or back beach location. The intention is to avoid any extreme conditions at the back beach and be able to provide safe and positive learning environments for the participants.

The details of all sessions are available in the Nipper Calendar.

Mandatory Volunteering 

The Sorrento Nippers program is run entirely by volunteers, and therefore it is a requirement that each nipper family must take on a volunteer role. There are a number of key roles that need to be filled, such as Age Manager (we need 4 for each age group), Water Safety (must do SRC or Bronze Medallion course), Covid-safe officers and First Aid officers.

Some of these roles have a virtual component so there are a variety of ways you can contribute. You will be asked to nominate for a volunteer role when you enrol your nipper for the 2022/23 season. Sorrento and Life Saving Victoria does provide the necessary training that will provide you with the requisite skills required to volunteer.


Each child must have the Sorrento Nipper Cap (provided to each new nipper upon Registration) and also purchase the Fluro Pink Vest from the Uniform Shop when registering as a member.

It is also highly recommended that each child has a full length wetsuit and brings goggles and a water bottle to each session.

Participant Requirements 

Children must be 7 years of age by September 30 to join the program. Children older than 13 can join the program in the SRC/U14 age group if they are new to Surf Life Saving, using it as a training pathway towards achieving their Bronze Medallion in following years. Age groups are capped at 20 nippers to ensure water and beach management procedures allow effective and safe delivery of the program.

All nippers must pass the necessary swim test each year in order to be allowed to participate in the water based activities in the program.

Details of the minimum requirements can be viewed here Nipper Requirements

Key Contacts 

For any membership queries: Membership@Sorrento ....

If you have any question in relation to our nippers program, please email us at: Nippers@Sorrento ....

General Sorrento SLSC Queries: Contact us

Chris Biermann

Nippers Registration 

Registrations are open and Final Registration (no applications accepted post this date) ends 15th November 2022.

Detailed step by step Registration Instructions on how to register and pay for Nippers and Club membership are available on our Membership Page.

Please note that you will not be confirmed as a member for 2022/23 and your kids will not be accepted into the Nippers program, until you have provided evidence of your Working with Children Check  (WWCC).

Nipper Coordinator:

Chris Biermann

- Nippers Enrolments for 2022/23 will Close 15th Nov 2022  -  Nippers Enrolments for 2022/23 will Close 15th Nov 2022  -  Nippers Enrolments for 2022/23 will Close 15th Nov 2022 
- Nippers Enrolments for 2022/23 will Close 15th Nov 2022  -  Nippers Enrolments for 2022/23 will Close 15th Nov 2022 

If you would like to find out more about Nippers this season or have general enquiry please go to: contact us

  • Board Training

    Board Training at Sorrento Back Beach

  • BBQ action

    BBQ action after Nippers

  • Uniform shop

    We've always got your size

  • Nipper planning

    It's all in the planning

  • Sunscreen

    Don't foget the sunnscreen

Nippers Water Safety Officers
Easter WSO

Water Safety Officer courses are run from time to time prior to and throughout the season depending on demand. Parents and friends of Nippers are encouraged to attend the courses when available, which enable attendees to attain a Bronze Medallion or a Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) qualification. In order to register you will need to be a member of the club and be able to swim at least 100m in the surf as a pre-requisite.

Details are available on the Lifesaver Page and Course dates can been found on the Club Calendar. You can book your Award course online via the Registration Portal.

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