Community Programs

Community Programs are aimed to increase the capacity of community to safely enjoy and participate in recreational activities at WA’s many coastal locations. Surfs Up and SurfBabies are a great way for your children to get familiar with the surf, to make new friends and to have fun.

 

SurfBabies & SurfKids

SurfBabies and SurfKids is a fun and interactive program developed by Surf Life Saving WA. This 6 week program (running Saturday mornings only) is aimed at children from 2-7 years of age and their parents to increase awareness, confidence and safety at the beach. All participants must be accompanied by a parent at all times and classes are altered to suit all abilities. If you're a parent who is unsure of the beach environment then you and your child will benefit immensely. All classes are instructed by fully qualified Surf Lifesavers. This is a great way to ensure everyone feels safer at the beach coming into the summer months.

All enrolments for SurfBabies and SurfKids closes two weeks before series commences.

 Enrolments for SurfBabies classes are now open!

*NOTE* - If you cannot see the location or date that you require please ensure your click the red  "More Sessions" button below the age group. All other locations and dates that are available will appear. You may need to click this button more than once. 

Dates: (each series is 6x30min lessons)

Series 1: 5 November 2016- 10 Decemeber 2016 (Saturdays Only)
Series 2: 4 February 2017- 11 March 2017 (Saturdays Only)

Series 1- Country Albany: 5 February 2017- 12 March 2017 (Sundays Only) 

Age Groups:

SurfBabies Level 1- Starfish (2 years) 8:30-9:00am (View Dates)
SurfBabies Level 2- Octopus (3 years) 9:10-9:40am (View Dates)
SurfBabies Level 3- Seahorse (4 years) 9:50-10:20am (View Dates)
SurfKids Level 1- Dolphin (5 years) 10:30-11:00am (View Dates)
SurfKids Level 2- Crabs (6-7 years) 11:10-11:40am (View Dates)

SurfBabies Albany (3-5 Years) 9:00-9:30am (View Dates)

SurfBabies Albany (3-5 Years) 9:30-10:00am (View Dates)

Duration:

6 week series (Saturday mornings)

Locations:

Mullaloo
Sorrento
North Beach (Between Lynn St & Giles St)
Cottesloe
Fremantle (Leighton Beach, Fremantle SLSC)
Coogee 
Quinns/Mindarie
Alkimos Beach

Albany (Middleton Beach, Albany SLSC)

Cost:

$100.00 per child

* Bookings only accepted by credit card payments

 

 

 

 


Holiday Nippers

(Previously known as the Surf Survival Holiday Program) 

As the peak provider of coastal safety education in WA, SLSWA has developed the school holiday Nippers program to teach participants how to enjoy the beach safely. Holiday Nippers is an exciting educational program teaching participants aged 7 to 13 years vital coastal recreation skills. Learning to swim is a primary skill for safe aquatic recreation; however the coast is a dynamic environment with constant changing risks that even the most competent swimmer may find problematic without additional surf knowledge and skills. Holiday Nippers is a six day school holiday program, adapted from Surf Life Saving’s Nippers program. The school holiday Nippers program offers three skill based levels of learning:

1. Surf Aware
2. Surf Safe
3. Surf Smart 

Parents are asked to select their child’s level based on their demonstrable competencies and previous experiences in aquatic programs. Participants must demonstrate the required skills in the first class to confirm their level. All classes are conducted by qualified surf lifesavers.  

 

Course Locations and Times

Cost

Level 1-3, $100 per person

Course Duration

Level 1-3, 6 x 1 hour sessions

Location

Dates

Holiday Nipper Levels

Time

Alkimos Beach

11-18 Jan 2017 (excluding weekends)

Level 1: Surf Aware

8.30-9.30am

Level 2: Surf Safe

9.45-10.45am

Level 3: Surf Smart

11.00-12pm

Sorrento Beach

11-18 Jan 2017 (excluding weekends)

Level 1: Surf Aware

8.30-9.30am

Level 2: Surf Safe

9.45-10.45am

Level 3: Surf Smart

11.00-12pm

Mullaloo Beach

11-18 Jan 2017 (excluding weekends)

Level 1: Surf Aware

8.30-9.30am

Level 2: Surf Safe

9.45-10.45am

Level 3: Surf Smart

11.00-12pm

Leighton Beach

11-18 Jan 2017 (excluding weekends)

Level 1: Surf Aware

8.30-9.30am

Level 2: Surf Safe

9.45-10.45am

Level 3: Surf Smart

11.00-12pm

 

 

Guidelines for entering Holiday Nipper Levels

The below table is to act as a guide to what Holiday Nipper level your child should enrol in.  Your child must have successfully completed the corresponding Nipper Age Group or Vac Swim level.  If your child has not previously participated in either of the aquatic education programs, you must select their level based on their competency to perform the required skills of that level.  Participants with no previous experience in aquatic education programs are subject to re-assessment in the first class to confirm their placement in that level.

 

 

Previously completed aquatic education programs

Holiday Nipper Levels

Required skills

Nipper Age Groups

Vac Swim Levels

Level 1: Surf Aware

  • Submerge and recover
  • Scull/ tread water
  • Demonstrate survival sculling
  • Demonstrate a forward roll
  • Swim 10m of any stroke

Under 7’s

Level 3

Under 8’s

Level 4

Level 2: Surf Safe

  • Perform all 7‐8yr pre‐ requisites
  • Demonstrate a surface dive
  • Swim 25m of freestyle in deep water

Under 9’s

Level  5

Under 10’s

Level 6

Level 3: Surf Smart

  • Perform all 7‐8yr pre‐ requisites
  • Perform all 9‐10yr pre‐ requisites
  • Swim 50m continuously in deep water

Under 11’s

Level 7

Under 12’s

 

 

 


Current Open Enrolments Below:

Surf Babies - Starfish 2yrs:

Available Sessions:

Surf Babies - Octopus 3yrs:

Available Sessions:

Surf Babies - Seahorse 4yrs:

Available Sessions:

SurfKids - Dolphin 5yrs:

Available Sessions:

SurfKids - Crabs 6-7yrs:

Available Sessions:

Albany Surf Babies 3-5yrs:

 

Available Sessions:

Sorry, there are no sessions currently available.

 Alkimos Have-a-go Nippers Program

Available Sessions:

Sorry, there are no sessions currently available.

 


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