NIPPERS OPEN DAY & START DAY: Sun 30th Oct. NIPPERS OPEN DAY for new families. Meet at 8.55am for 9am start! Tour the club, play some beach games, and learn all about Nippers and our Rookie (Junior Guard programme). START DAY for existing Nippers and new members who sign up on the day, starts at 10am-12noon.
NIPPERS OPEN DAY & START DAY: Sun 30th Oct. NIPPERS OPEN DAY for new families. Meet at 8.55am for 9am start! Tour the club, play some beach games, and learn all about Nippers and our Rookie (Junior Guard programme). START DAY for existing Nippers and new members who sign up on the day, starts at 10am-12noon.
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Junior Surf

Our ‘Nippers’

Piha Surf Life Saving Club’s Nippers are the bright young patrollers of the future. Our coaches are fabulous, the programmes are both fun and educational, and our programme continues to grow.

Become a Piha Nipper

Surf Club season 1 July 2022- 30 June 2023 

Nippers runs in person sessions Oct-April each year

NIPPERS OPEN DAY & START DAY: Sunday 30th October, 2022.
NIPPERS OPEN DAY for new families. 9-10am
Meet at 8.55am for 9am start! Tour the club, play some beach games, and learn all about Nippers and our Rookie (Junior Guard programme). 9-10am, followed by our first day of Nippers.
Sunday 30th October, 2022 START DAY 10am-12noon
Existing Nippers and new members who sign up.

Please wear togs, bring towel, sunscreen, water. All paid members receive a free high visibility vest if you don’t already have one.

Piha SLSC Nippers

Learning & developing skills in a fun way

Piha SLSC nippers
Piha SLSC nippers
Piha SLSC nippers
Piha SLSC nippers

Purpose

The purpose of our Junior Surf Program is to enrich the lives of our young members through engaging activities and active participation, leading to the acquisition of personal, life saving and competition skills, in a safe aquatic environment.  Members will be educated in surf safety as well as confident to undertake training for their Surf Lifeguard Award at age 14.

Objectives

  • To learn the skills required to gain the Surf Lifeguard Award.
  • To provide the best possible life saving experience for all our juniors with the view to encourage long-term active participation.
  • To provide opportunities for juniors to actively participate in and enjoy life saving and competition in an aquatic environment.
  • To ensure our junior members are safe on New Zealand beaches through building knowledge and experiences in our Junior Surf Program.
  • To develop a team based philosophy encompassing leadership, camaraderie, teamwork and fun.
  • To promote social, emotional and physical health and development in a healthy safe environment.
  • Involve parents and interested members of the community as leaders, coaches and administrators.

Our nippers are kindly sponsored by

Filta Vacuum Products

Age Groups

TADPOLES 
5 & 6 year olds as at 30/9/22
A GROUP
7,8,9 year olds, as at 30/9/22
B GROUP 
10 & 11 year olds, as at 30/9/22
C GROUP 
12 & 13 year olds, as at 30/9/22
ROOKIES 
This is for those 13 & 14 year olds wanting to become qualified lifeguards, as at 30/9/22
How age groups are calculated:
Nippers are divided into age groups, which are calculated as per SLSNZ guidelines on your child’s age on 30/9/2022:
Eg: If you are born on September 25th of 2012 = Age 10 – B Group

Born on  October 2nd 2012 = Age 9 – A Group

Children ages 5 – 13 years and their families can join our club and participate in our Junior Surf Program between October and March.  Members are encouraged to participate in inter-club, regional and national competitions.  We encourage children to have fun and develop their skills, so they can enjoy the beach and one day might be able to save someone else too.  It’s about developing tomorrow’s lifeguards and opening up a whole new world to children.

Club Uniform

The Piha Junior Surf Club uniform is:

  • High-vis safety vest – Compulsory for ALL ages. If you do not already have a vest, we supply one per year free of charge, thanks to our sponsor Filta. Additional vests can be purchased at $15 through Nippers Admin. These can be collected at the first day of Nippers.
  • Swim Skull Cap – Compulsory for all age groups, for all Sunday training sessions. $25. Buy through Swim T3.
  • Black or Piha Togs –Piha branded togs are available from Swim T3, or plain black togs are a good alternative.
  • Rash shirts for sun protection – Optional.
  • Wetsuit – Optional

T3 Swim in Newmarket holds our Piha Nipper gear (plus fins, googles etc) located next to the Domain with free parking , 65 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland. https://swimt3.co.nz/pages/search-results-page?q=piha

PIHA SUPPORT GEAR

We additionally have adult size sweatshirts, jackets etc available at T3, and some weekends at Piha.

Resources

Calendar of Events – Coming Soon

Contact Us

For any enquiries contact the Junior Surf Coordinator at nippers@pihaslsc.com