NIPPERS (8-14 years old)
The aim of the LSLC (Llandudno Surf Lifesaving Club) Nippers program is to provide a fun-filled programme of sea safety education, beach exercise and competitive challenges for the development of future lifesavers for the club.
Nippers, aged between 8-14 years old, and are trained in water and beach activities. Before joining Nippers, children must pass a swim test to ensure their safety and capability in the water. The program incorporates many sports disciplines and life skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.
Our objectives are to:
- Provide the best possible lifesaving experience for all youngsters with the view and intention in encouraging long-term active participation
- Ensure the youngsters are safe on beaches through the provision of surf safety education
- Develop a team-based philosophy encompassing leadership, camaraderie, teamwork, and fun
- Promote social, emotional and physical growth and development in a healthy and safe environment
Nippers training takes place every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning on Llandudno beach in season. The season commences in October when the beaches officially open with lifeguards and ends around May each year.
What age group is my Nipper?
All Nippers need to have turned 8 years of age by 1 October in that year.
How to Join the Nippers
The 2023/2024season kicks off in September/October. Due to limitations around facilities and the need to always ensure sea safety, we cap the number of Nippers that we can accommodate. We aim to register new Nippers on a “first come, first serve” basis, provided the appropriate age groups have places available and submit a passed swim test. Please note that we do hold back a few places for Nippers who will add value to certain teams and/or age groups at the discretion of the Nipper Officer.
Nippers is run entirely by volunteers who tend to be mostly Nipper parents. Without the help and support of parents there would be no Nippers, hence our strong encouragement to get all parents and guardians to join.
There are many ways to participate and volunteer whether in the water, on land, fundraising or lending a helping hand keeping our children fed and hydrated.
What does a NIPPER wear?
Nippers are required to wear the navy LSLC swimming costume/jammers and a thicker warmer wetsuit which is referred to as a 4/3. Bring a towel, goggles, silicon swimming cap, sunblock, water and a snack to the beach. At training sessions, Nippers will be given colourful skullcaps to ensure their visibility in the water and distinguish between age groups.
The compulsory LSA (Lifesaving South Africa) kit when competing, must wear their club costume, neon pink lifesaving rash vest and LSLC skullcap.
All kit is available for sale at the clubhouse on most Sunday mornings.