Nippers Sundays at South Piha. 10am-12noon. Come and check us out for a free 1 day trial.
Nippers Sundays at South Piha. 10am-12noon. Come and check us out for a free 1 day trial.
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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

We look forward to seeing existing members and new ones, Sundays at 10am on the beach, at the A,B or C yellow “FILTA” flags (as per your age group) in togs ready to go!

Not sure- ask a coach or coordinator in a dark green Piha Junior Surf T shirt!

Please wear togs, bring towel, sunscreen, water. (Surf fins as per discussions with your coach).

New to Piha or Nippers? Please feel free to join us for a free trial to see if this is a fit for your family! Please arrive by 9.45am so we can loan you a vest and cap. Contact for any questions.

 All paid members receive a free high visibility vest if you don’t already have one.

Days and times available throughout the week for
Nipper participation

Takapuna Beach. 6.00pm-7.00pm
To participate Tuesdays: Competency on knee board needs to be signed off by coach before attending the session. This session is for those who wish to compete and will cover race techniques. Discuss with coaches about availability of club gear or need for your own board.Must have achieved their 200m safety badge. (Meet Hauraki Road end of beach. Allow time for traffic and parking. Starting 3 Nov ’22- March ‘23)


Kelston Girls Pool, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Swim conditioning, not a learn to swim programme. Please contact to express your interest. Open to all Nippers who have achieved their 200m safety badge. Sign ups occur at the start of each term.
Takapuna Beach. 6.00pm-7.00pm
Open to all Nippers who have achieved their 200m safety badge. Come along to learn or improve your skills in open water swimming, kneeboarding and lifeguard skills.Great session to improve confidence. (Meet Hauraki Road end of beach. Allow time for traffic and parking. Starting 3 Nov ’22- March ’23)
Piha SLSC 10.00am-12.00pm. 30th October- April 2023. Age group games, swims, activities and training, followed by Sausage sizzle after each session.
Piha SLSC Nippers

Learning & developing skills in a fun way

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


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.


  • 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

5 & 6 year olds as at 30/9/22
7,8,9 year olds, as at 30/9/22
10 & 11 year olds, as at 30/9/22
12 & 13 year olds, as at 30/9/22
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.


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


Calendar of Events – Coming Soon

Contact Us

For any enquiries contact the Junior Surf Coordinator at