Our Nippers training season takes place over the two summer school terms (October to April), with breaks for Christmas holidays.

Training takes place irrespective of weather conditions.

Where does Nippers take place?

Nippers and their parents will meet at the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club. Training will take place on the beach directly in front of the club, with the Nippers being broken into seperate arenas depending on their age-groups.

When does Nipper training take place?

  • Sundays: 10:30am for the whole club. Starfish and Micros train for 1 hour, Age-group Nippers for 2 hours.
  • Tuesdays: 5:30pm to 6:30pm for Age-group Nippers only, starting October
  • Thursdays: 5:30pm to 6:30pm for Age-group QUALIFIED Nippers only, starting January

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  the 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.

What is needed?

  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Swim Cap and goggles (if needed)
  • Wetsuit (not compulsory for training, but recommended for the cooler water)
  • Warm clothes for after training
  • Water bottle and sunblock

Skull Caps

We require our nippers to wear coloured skull caps during training so that our safety officers can see them more easily with brightly coloured caps on. “NO cap/NO training”. The caps are colour coded per age group so that it is easier for the coaches and parents to spot the different age groups. Skull caps will be available at the start of each session and must be returned at the end of the session. 

  • Micro-Nippers: Green cap
  • U9 & 10 Nippers: Yellow cap
  • U11 & 12 Nippers: Pink cap
  • U13 & 14 Nippers: Orange cap

Parent / Guardian Requirements

Parents are requested to stay on the beach – your children need your support!

Starfish and Micro-Nippers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. 
Age-group Nippers parents or guardians must be present and available at all times during the training sessions.

Nippers is not a baby-sitting service or drop and go. 

Parents are welcome to sit on the beach and watch, or bring a wetsuit and join in the fun.