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