Nippers is a fun and safe way to introduce the lifesavers of tomorrow to the ocean environment.
On Sundays from October till March, children aged 5 to 14 will participate in activities aimed at teaching the basics of surf awareness and water safety.  Surf knowledge and techniques are gradually introduced in relation to age and ability.

U8-U14 age groups can compete for the club at various carnivals scheduled throughout the season.
Above all kids will have FUN on the beach and in the water, and make lots of new friends.

KEY DATES for 2018 / 2019

Sunday September 16th – Registration Day 9am-12pm  
Sunday September 23rd – Orientation Day for U6 and new members 9am -10:30am
Sunday October 14th – First nippers of the 2018/2019 season.  U6-U8 starts at 8:30am.  U9-U14 starts at 9:15am.


See the CARNIVALS section for dates and details of all 2018/2019 carnivals




  • Download “Team App” from iTunes or Google Play. 
  • Sign up to “Team App”, receive your confirmation email, Log In, find “Collaroy Nippers”, click on our logo, hit “Continue” on the “Welcome” screen and have a look around.
  • You can do the same thing from a laptop or desktop, just go to https;//collaroynippers.teamapp.com


NEW MEMBERS 2018/2019

Our registration day for new members is on Sunday September 16 from 9am to 12pm.

Please bring the following to the registration day.

A completed  membership application form
Proof of age (birth certificate or passport) for your nipper.
Payment for membership fees (see below). Please bring cash or cheque as we have no credit card facilities.

Registrations and renewals can also be completed online via the Surf Lifesaving Portal.


If you are renewing your registration from last season please update your details online. Click here to renew online and here for instructions. You will then need to pay your fees by Direct Deposit, EFT, Cash or Cheque.


Membership Fees – 2018/19

Under 6’s & Under 7’s | $ 80
Under 8’s to Under 14’s | $120
Associate Nipper Parents*  | $30

[*Associate Membership is for Nipper Parents who are involved in any Junior Activity. We require at lest one Parent to become an Associate Member. The Parent will need to complete a Member Protection Declaration and show photo proof of ID (e.g. a Drivers Licence). Download the form here]

Junior Family Membership* – $240

[*Includes Parents unless they want to compete at Senior Carnivals. These Parents are required to take out membership at the Senior Level]

Competition Levy

All Nippers in Under 9’s and above that want to compete at Carnivals will be required to pay a $50 Competition Levy.

Carnival details for the 2018/19 season have not yet been finalised.

A draft calendar of events is available here


Paying Membership Fees by EFT or Direct Deposit

Our bank details are;

Bank: Westpac Dee Why
Account name: Collaroy SLSC
BSB: 032 192
Account Number: 260 208

Reference – please enter your family surname

Active Kids Rebate

If you would like to use an Active Kids Rebate to pay your membership fees please forward the voucher you received from Service NSW to collaroynipperssecretary@gmail.com, together with your child’s date of birth.  The voucher is valued up to $100, please pay any fees over this amount to the Club bank account as detailed above.

Nippers Age Groups and Proficiency Tests

The Nippers Age Groups run from Under 6’s through to Under 14’s based on your child’s age at 30 September 2018.

Children are required to participate and compete in their appropriate age group. A child may join the Club as soon as they turn 5 years.

Additional Information on Proficiency Requirements for your Age Group

Proficiency tests for Under 8’s and above will be held at the start of the season.

Please contact Dave Barbour for any further information – collaroynipperschairman@gmail.com


The best way to keep up to date with Nippers Events is via Team App.

Instructions below on how to download it your phone or computer.

Team App Calendar – Calendar View

Team App Calendar – List View


* Download our Smartphone App

Download “Team App” from iTunes or Google Play. 

Sign up to “Team App”, receive your confirmation email, Log In, find “Collaroy Nippers”, click on our logo, hit “Continue” on the “Welcome” screen and have a look around.

You can do the same thing from a laptop or desktop, just go to https;//collaroynippers.teamapp.com

2018/2019 Carnivals

last updated October 15, 2018


October 2018

21 October – Bennett Board DY

Register here by 10 October.

28 October – Queenscliff, Beach only carnival

Register here on or before 17 October.


November 2018

3 November – Newport,Water only carnival 


Register here on or before October 23

11 November -North Steyne , Beach only carnival 

16 November Bennett Fast n Furious Freshwater

Registrations  close 2 Nov

19 November- North Steyne, Water Teams carnival 


December 2018

9 December – Water Carnival U9-U10 only


January 2019

13 January – Narrabeen,  Beach only carnival

20 January –  Manly Nipper Nats
Registration closes 4th January


February 2019

3 Feb –  Branch Carnival – Water

10 Feb –  Branch Carnival – Beach


March 2019

State Champs – Swansea-Belmont 1-3 March

Results Archive

Season 2017/18

  • Freshwater Fast & Furious “Water Only”, 26 November 2017. Results
  • North Steyne “Beach Only”, 12 November 2017. Results
  • Newport “Water Only”, 4 November 2017. Results
  • Queenscliff “Beach Only”, 28 October 2017. Results
  • Bennett Board at Dee Why, 22 October 2017. Results

Season 2016/17

  • State at Blacksmith’s, 3-5 March 2017. Results and Point Score
  • Branch “Beach Only” at Narrabeen, 5 Feb 2017 and “Water Only” at Newport, 12 Feb 2017. Results and Point Score.
  • Narrabeen “Full Carnival”, 15 January 2017. Results.
  • Queenscliff “Teams Water”, 4 December 2016. Results
  • North Steyne “Beach Only”, 20 November 2016. Results
  • Newport “Water Only”, 12 November 2016. Results
  • Queenscliff “Beach Only”, 30 October 2016. Results
  • Bennett Board at Dee Why, 29 October 2016. Results

 Season 2015/16

The Nippers Handbook a.k.a The Red Book should cover pretty much everything you need to know about Collaroy Nippers.

Download it here


Attempt #1 to establish Collaroy Nippers


The first attempt was in 1965/66 started by Mick Chapman, Neil Montgomery ( father of Chris Montgomery) Peter Montgomery and Laurie Walsh – all Life Members of the Club.

Due to there never being a collective name for this group of youngsters within the movement they were called “Juveniles” until the name Nippers became prominent and so the nipper movement was born.

In their first season they had 185 Nippers registered with between 80 to 100 turning up every Sunday morning.

They capped off a great first season by winning the Branch Point score at their first attempt.

With the Nipper movement being in its infancy the Collaroy Club are credited with playing a major role in the growth of the Nipper Movement on the Northern Beaches.

Perhaps the club’s greatest claim to fame is that Collaroy hosted the FIRST OFFICIAL STATE NIPPER CHAMPIONSHIPS – on Sunday March 5th 1967 and the Carnival was sponsored by the chocolate drink called Ovaltine.

It was a massive undertaking for the club as 5,000 Nippers turned up from around the State.

By the end of the 1966/67 season the club had 140 registered Nippers and in that 18 month period some 14 youngsters had transferred to the Senior Club.

Unfortunately the good times weren’t to last and by the early 70’s despite many attempts to get fathers qualified (no ladies on the beach in those days – only in the kitchen) most parents had very limited surf skills and treated the Nippers as a Sunday morning child minding service and interest had waned considerably, accordingly the Collaroy Nippers folded.

Attempt #2 to establish Collaroy Nippers


The second attempt and as we know them to day started almost 30 years ago during the 1985/86 season by Neil Montgomery one of the founders from the 60’s who was keen to get so see some form of activity with his grandchildren.

Neil raised the topic with then Club Captain Bill Whitnall and despite fears that it could deteriorate once again into another child minding service run by the Senior Club an enthusiastic band of parents led by Rick and Robyn Dilger, Terry Mullane and John Dawson thought differently and with support from the Senior Club set about organising the clubs newest section.

The first Nipper Chairman was Terry Mullane ( who played a crucial role in the reformation) There is no doubt that over the years the Senior Club has benefitted greatly from the Nippers resurrection.

At the 1993 Branch Championships the Club won the overall  point score and the medals were shared between sand and surf.

By the 1993/94 season Collaroy JAB was placed in the top four clubs in the State.

During the 1994/95 season the Club won the point score at every carnival it competed in including the Branch Champs which the club hosted. Part of this success was attributed to the sheer number of Collaroy competitors.

Along the way Collaroy has won many Branch and State Medals with many Collaroy members reaping the rewards for their efforts by making Branch and State Representative teams.

In 1992/93 season a milestone was achieved when Carolyn Dilger became the first Nipper member to have gone through all JAB age groups before joining the Senior Club.

By the Mid 90’s such was the flow of Nippers coming through to the Senior Club that recently anointed Collaroy Life Member, John Lewis who had linked up with the Nippers in 1987 became the clubs Inaugural Liaison Officer to ensure that the transition was a comfortable one.


Dave Barbour

Collaroy SLSC
Nipper Chairman

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