Becoming a Nipper

We welcome all kids ages 5 -13 to our Nipper’s program. At Bronte we believe in ensuring that kids feel encouraged and welcome to participate, and that they are truly part of the Bronte team. We promote a fun and safe environment on the beach which is not only enjoyable for the Nipper, but the entire family as well.

Please click here for Nipper Handbook

Registration for the 2019/20 season is now closed:

Registrations for 2020/2021 will open in July 2020.

All memberships must be completed and paid online for all NEW, RENEWAL and TRANSFERS from another Club.

For all NEW registrations you must bring proof of age (passport or birth certificate) to the Club to be sighted for your Nipper to complete the registration process.

This can be completed at our Registration day which will be held on Sunday 15th September 9am to 1pm or before Nippers on Sunday mornings. Unfortunately, your Nipper will be unable to participate in Sunday activities if we do not have this on file.


At least one parent is required to be a member of Bronte Life Saving Club.

Due to Surf Life Saving Regulation, insurance and child protection protocols, any parent that holds a Committee or Group Leader position or who assists in any way that involves direct interaction with children MUST join the Club.

Fees for 2019/2020
Please note - An Active parent must hold Bronze Medallion Award

1 Nipper and Active/Water Safety Parent $200
2 or more Nippers and 1 Active/Water Safety Parent $250
Active Family - 2 or more Nippers and 2 Active Parents $300
1 Nipper and Non Active Parent $250
2 or more Nippers and Non Active Parent $325
Family - 2 or more Nippers and 2 Non Active Parents $400

Follow the steps below to join/renew and make payment for 2019-20 membership:

PLEASE GO TO: HTTP://SLS.COM.AU/JOIN and follow the steps below or see User Guide for extra help

♦ Step 1

Create an account at the SLS Member Portal for each Nipper and/or family member you want to register. If you are renewing just go to your login account and go to Step 4.

♦ Step 2

You will be sent a confirmation email/SMS code.

♦ Step 3

Put this confirmation code into the Member Portal system to complete the creation of each personal log in.

♦ Step 4

Log in and ADD/RENEW your membership for each Nipper in your family who wishes to renew using their personal details.

♦ Step 5

MAKE PAYMENT using the Payment Gateway within Life Saving Online – see tab on the Member Portal.Your membership will not be processed till payment is made.

♦ Step 6

Bring proof of age to the club if you are a new member.

Things you need to know about SLS Member Portal:

1. All accounts created on the portal are for individual Nippers/Members only and not for the whole family. You will need to create separate accounts for each child and each parent/carer member.
2. Each member will need a unique username which you can usually use their first name and surname or first initial and surname.
3. If desired, you can use the same password for all your family when creating their accounts.
4. You must use the email address currently held in our database (Surfguard) to register/renew your membership. Please email if you are unsure what this is or need to update it.
5. Membership fees should be paid via the Payment Gateway within Life Saving Online which is linked to the Member Portal page. You can bulk pay the whole family’s membership fees in one payment.

Please ensure that you clearly record the name of each family member in the description field when making payment. This indicates to us your payment covers more than one child. Failure to do this will delay the approval of your registration.

Proficiency Swim

All Nippers must complete a proficiency swim before entering any water activities on Sundays at Nippers. Pool swims are required for U8s and above. Proficiency swims will be held in September at the Bronte Pool or you can get Proficiency form signed by your swim coach. 
Click here for Form.

Nippers registering after the scheduled proficiency dates will need to organise a separate proficiency swim with their Age Manager. Proficiency details are below:


50m swim (any stroke) and 1 min survival float.


150m pool swim in 6 minutes.


200m pool swim in 6 minutes.


200m pool swim in 5.30 minutes.


200m pool swim in 5 minutes.


200m pool swim in 4.30 minutes.


200m pool swim 4.30 minutes.

For Nippers wishing to compete at carnivals, the following pool proficiency swims are required as well as ocean swim.