Nippers returns! 

Update: 14 November 2021

Nippers registrations are now closed and any new applications will not be accepted. Please contact the office if you have any queries in relation to a returning Nipper. 

Nippers commenced on Sunday 14 November 2021 for all age groups.  See Nippers timetable here.

Please click the links below for more information:  

For troubleshooting assistance with the SLSA Members Area, check out the User Guide where you can search by topic.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THESE DOCUMENTS AND GUIDES. Registration can be confusing but queries cause significant delays. Once you complete the process, note registration is not automatic. It is a surprisingly manual process at the back end and takes time. Be assured that we're working hard to confirm your membership as soon as we can. Once we have finalised your membership, you will receive a confirmation email from us.


Age Groups
Any child may join Nippers once they have turned five years old.  Age group is determined as at 30 September each year:

Age Group
Cap Colour
Date of Birth
Under 6
Royal Blue
01 October 2015 – 30 September 2016
Under 7
Yellow
01 October 2014 – 30 September 2015
Under 8Sky Blue01 October 2013 – 30 September 2014
Under 9Bottle Green01 October 2012 – 30 September 2013
Under 10Purple01 October 2011 – 30 September 2012
Under 11Fluoro Pink01 October 2010 – 30 September 2011
Under 12Orange01 October 2009 – 30 September 2010
Under 13Fluoro Green01 October 2008 – 30 September 2009
Under 14Red01 October 2007 – 30 September 2008

Before any new registrations can be finalised, proof-of-age must be sighted by the club.  

Proficiency swim requirements
At Nippers, we don’t teach your child to swim – we expect that they are taking lessons or are in squads.  From U8, it is an SLSA requirement that all Nippers complete an annual pool ‘proficiency’ swim before they can participate in the Nipper program.  

Age GroupPool Proficiency Requirement
Under 6 From standing in waist deep water:
  • perform a front glide and then stand again.
  • perform a back or front float holding a tube and then stand.
Under 7From standing in waist deep water:
  • perform a front glide, kick for 3 meters, and then stand again.
  • perform a back or front float holding a tube and then stand.
Under 850m swim. 1 minute survival float
Under 9150m pool swim (continuous freestyle) in 6 minutes
Under 10200m pool swim (continuous freestyle) in 6 minutes
Under 11200m pool swim (continuous freestyle) in 5:30 minutes
Under 12200m pool swim (continuous freestyle) in 5 minutes
Under 13200m pool swim (continuous freestyle) in 4:30 minutes
Under 14200m pool swim (continuous freestyle) in 4:30 minutes

From U9, all Nippers must also complete an annual untimed ocean proficiency swim on the first day of Nippers.

Proficiencies are overseen by Age Managers. Unfortunately, they cannot be signed off by external swim coaches.