Woodside Nippers

Woodside Nippers


Albany SLSC has a dynamic Woodside Nipper program, which aims to develop skills that will aid children in both their enjoyment of the beach environment and their safety in doing so. By conducting events each week in the areas of sprints, flags, swim and board these children are developing skills that will improve their skills and fitness, aid them in their journey towards becoming Life Savers.

These events are fun and non-threatening with a healthy mix of competition and participation. For those who enjoy the more competitive side of Surf Life Saving the club provides pathways in the competitive environment.

Can your child swim?

Please note: It is not the aim of ASLSC to teach your children how to swim. We strongly recommend children participate in swim classes, either during the school term or holiday times. Vacation swimming lessons at a beach environment are recommended.


ASLSC welcomes Nippers aged 5-14 into the Woodside Nipper Program. Age groups are calculated from the age of the child at the start of the season. For example: a child turning 10 in December is 9 at the start of the season and is therefore an U10 (despite being 10 for much of season).


The Woodside Nipper program runs on Sundays throughout the season from 9.00am-11.00am. Be sure to arrive in time for your child to get prepared for the start of the session. Events begin promptly at 0900.

The calendar more information on the Woodside Nipper program for this season. It is expected that parents/carers remain on the beach throughout the duration of Woodside Nipper activities each Sunday.

In addition a number of major events are held throughout the season at various locations around the state.

Nippers also have the opportunity to participate in weekly training sessions at Middleton Beach.

Details of all Woodside Nipper and Youth activities can be found in the calendar.

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Training Opportunities

All Woodside Nippers from U8 – U13 have the opportunity to train.

Training commences November 3 and runs every Tuesday throughout the season as follows:

4:00-4:45pm Beach Training
5:00-6:00pm Board/Surf Training

Nippers are allocates to groups based on skill level and do not train in age groups. These groups with be allocated upon assessment

To participate:

All participants are required to complete a participation form. Please download the form and submit to the co-ordinator.

Woodside Nippers Program Overview

DateTimeActivityOn Duty
25-Oct10:00am-12:00pmWoodside Nipper Proficiency. AGM to arrive at 9.30 for briefing.
27-OctTBCMeeting with AGM -prior to First Day of Season
1-Nov8.30am-10.30amFirst Day of Season. AGM to arrive at 8am for briefing.U13
3-NovTuesday Training Commences
8-Nov9:00am-10:30amPoints DayU12
15-Nov9:00am-10:30amPoints Day (Relay - Skills Day)U11
22-Nov9:00am-10:30amPoints Day U10-U13U10
28-29 NovRainbow Coast Carnival Bremer Bay
5-Dec9:00am-10:30amPoints Day U13-U8 + Timed swim for those wanting to competeU9
13-Dec9:00am-10:30amPoints Day + Timed swim day
Relays - Skills Day
15-DecLast Tuesday Training session
20-Dec9:00am-10:30amWoodside Nipper Christmas Party-Fun DayU7
10-Jan9:00am-10:30amRelays - Skills DayU6
17-Jan9:00am-10:30amPoints DayU13
23-24 JanCountry Carnival - Bunbury
29-JanTBCRyde Run Sundowner and Kids Movie
31-JanTBCNanarup/Mutton Bird/Denmark Points DayU12
7-Feb9:00am-10:30amPoints DayU8
7-FebTBCSurf Babies Commence
14-Feb9:00am-10:30amPoints DayU10
21-Feb9:00am-10:30amASLSC Woodside Nipper Club Championships DayU9
28-FebAll dayCountry Championships - Mullaloo. No Club Activities.
7-MarTBCLittle Nippers State Championships - Sorrento. Team Club activities.U11
14-MarTBCSunSmart SLSWA Nippers State Championships - Scarborough. Team Club activities.U7
21-Mar9:00am-10:30amLast Points DayU6
28-MarTBCFinal Woodside Nippers Wind-up and PresentationsU13

What are our major events?

Below is an outline of the major events held throught the season. For each event more information will be diseminated to members closer to the event.

*For SLSWA championship carnivals, Woodside Nippers are required to pass a timed proficiency swim and pay 50% of the event registration fee to be eligible to particiapate.


Rainbow Coast Carnival – Bremer Bay

Family friendly Carnival held in Bremer Bay with Esperance SLSC and Denmark. SLSC Representatives from SLSWA join from Perth to provide coaching in all disciplines. 

SLSWA Sunsmart Country Carnival - BUNBURY*

The Sunsmart SLSWA Country Carnival is held at a Country Club on the last weekend of January we encourage as many nippers to register and compete. The 2021 carnival will be hosted by the Bunbury SLSC.


Country Championships – MULLALOO*

The SLSA Sunsmart Country Championships are  held in Perth and is a Qualifying Carnival for the State Championships.

All Albany Woodside Nippers are encouraged to participate and have a go!

SLSWA Little Nippers State Championships - SORRENTO*

This Carnival is held in Perth for U8 and U9 Woodside Nippers

SLSWA Sunsmart Nipper State Championships - SCARBOROUGH*

This Carnival is held in Perth for U8 and U9 Woodside Nippers

Training Schedule

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Woodside Nippers Team

Megan Downes

Megan Downes

Nippers Coordinator

Nadine Shepherd

Nadine Shepherd

Nippers Coaching



Beach Set Up

Rob Mason

Rob Mason

Sunday Water Safety Coordinator

Jacquie Riddle

Jacquie Riddle

Tuesday Water Safety Coordinator

Amber Bennett

Amber Bennett

Tuesday Water Safety Coordinator

Under 6 Pink Caps

Kellie Loverock


Under 7 White Caps



Under 8 Yellow Caps

Peter Gray

Meghann Tysoe

Under 9 Green Caps

Jason Bresanello

Paul Bairstow

Under 10 Blue Caps

Ben Gray

Kate Hick

Under 11 Purple Caps

Jacquie Riddle

Amber Bennett

Under 12 Dark Blue Caps

Dora Adeline (TBC)


Under 13 Red Caps

Noreen Les

Michaela Anderson

Nippers Team


Megan Downes

Contact Nippers Coordinator