It's a ripper to be a Rainbow Bay Nipper!

Rainbow Bay SLSC Nipper program runs Mid September – Mid March.  Held every Sunday 8:30am-10:30am (weather permitting) followed by a fundraising family sausage sizzle.

Nippers is a junior program that introduces children aged 5 to 13 to surf lifesaving. It is a fun outdoor activity based on the world famous Rainbow Bay beach. Through our team of qualified volunteers grow your childrens’ confidence, teach valuable life skills, get ocean smarts…and have lots of fun; all within a safe and supported environment.

Here at Rainbow Bay SLSC we encourage not only our nipper kids, but also their families’ to be involved. Whether helping setting up/packing down beach activities, filling water bottles to flipping sausages, all help is welcomed and much appreciated.  It is a healthy, active way to bond with your children all whilst supporting the local Rainbow Bay SLSC community. We have experienced, accredited age managers who will educate your child on the progressive awards each child earns during the season.

Rainbow Bay SLSC is actively growing our competitive section with first class coaches and additional training sessions available to improve surf and beach skills (competitive age starts with under 8’s). We look forward to helping your children hone their beach and water skills, and encourage parents to join in. 

Nippers is the pathway to Surf Life Saving and Rainbow Bay SLSC will guide your family in a fun, safe environment…all whilst being on the best beach on the coast; RAINBOW BAY!.


NIPPER POOL SWIM ASSESSMENT – It is essential that Nippers have completed their pool proficiency before they participate in any nipper activities on the beach. Criteria for the Proficiency and Pool Swim Assessment forms are in the below links.

There are additional competency tests required and will be conducted on the beach, taking place at the beginning of the season. 
For children to be eligible to compete at carnivals they must have completed the Competition Evaluation assessment by an eligible assessor (which the Club will provide). These are only to be completed by those wishing to compete in carnivals. U8 to U14.
The requirements for all above mentioned evaluations are set out in the links below.

Rainbow Bay SLSC Nippers 2022/2023 - SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2022


Nipper Program Sessions run Sunday 8:30-10:30am (QLD) – Rainbow Bay SLSC

BEACH PROFICIENCY: runs weekly (3 weeks) from season start, Sunday 18 September 2022. You must complete these assessments to compete in Carnivals throughout the season.

OFFICIAL SEASON STARTS: Sunday 18 September 2022. (Age group point system starts)


Tweed Heads South Aquatic Centre – Sunday 28 August 2022 @ 10:00-12noon 

Tweed Heads South Aquatic Centre – Sunday 4 September 2022 @ 10:00-12noon

Rainbow Bay SLSC accept registrations throughout the Season. Note that there are minimum attendance requirements to obtain Age Surf Certificates, please check with the club (

What age group will I be in?

The minimum age for a child to join Junior Activities is 5 years old (U6), up to a maximum of 13 years (U14) on a seasonal basis.
Click the above Nipper Age Groups to see your child/ren’s appropriate age group.

Pool Proficiency Required/ Nipper Evaluations/ Competition Evaluations

Improve your board and water skills

Additional training sessions are available to Nippers Under 9 and up during the season. These sessions are held during Nipper Season, each Wednesday commencing 4.00pm (QLD) at Rainbow Bay.  Sign on, followed by board and water skills training. Sessions run through to 5.30pm