The Nipper activities at Lifesaving clubs have become one of the most successful child development and sporting programmes in South Africa.

A Nipper is a young member of a Lifesaving Club who is between the ages of 8 to 14 years old. In essence they are really the ‘nursery’ for the lifeguards of tomorrow.

The main aim of a lifesaving club with regard to nippers is to teach surf and pool safety – and to develop in youngsters a respect for the water, giving them confidence in the aquatic environment (especially the sea).

What Nipper activities offer children?

  • The emphasis is on participation and fun.
  • A wide variety of activities include, surf safety, surfing, body board paddling, knee board paddling, beach activities, first-aid, and pool events.
  • Develop sea sense and survival skills
  • Individual and team participation
  • Opportunity to participate in Inter-Club, National Championships, Fun Carnivals, and Interprovincial Championships.
  • Good wholesome family fun. Parent participation is encouraged and welcomed.
  • Warm social environment for families and friends

The season starts from the 1st September and runs to the end of April. Nipper activities are offered on Sunday mornings.

There are 4 well established lifesaving clubs that operate from our Durban beaches:-

– Marine Contact      :   Bambi

– Durban Surf            :  TBC

– Pirates                    :    Angela

– Umhlanga Rocks    : TBC

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