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Nippers is about having fun, making lasting friendships, and teaching an appreciation and enjoyment of the ocean. Whatever the goal, be it simply to improve water safety and confidence, become a surf lifesaver or a champion iron athlete the program will teach the foundation skills needed. 

Nippers offers a fantastic journey of personal development and not just for the kids. Nippers is run 100% by volunteers and we ask all Nipper parents to help in some way. The range of roles you can help out with are listed in the ‘FAQs’ section. You would be amazed how much the whole family can take away from participation in the program. 



  • 25 Sep 2021 11:36 AM | James Taylor (Administrator)

    What Is Starfish Nippers?

    Starfish Nippers is a modified and structured nippers program designed for children and young adults with special needs aged from 6 years and older. It runs alongside a Club’s Summer Holiday Nippers Program and focuses on beach and water safety and awareness and promotes inclusion and diversity. It features modified Nippers beach and water activities such as games, running, beach flags, wading, swimming and boards as well as activities with the club’s Age Group Nippers. The program is run entirely by volunteers.

    “We believe every young person deserves to have access to the SLSA Nippers program. The Starfish program allows all young people to be part of a nippers program where they can learn critical beach skills while having fun and learning important life skills such as teamwork.

    Started in 2011 by volunteers at the Anglesea SLSC, the Starfish Nippers program successfully operates alongside our Club’s popular summer holiday Nippers Program. This innovative and important program has now been taken up by around 20 clubs across Australia.”

    Who Is It For?

    The program is designed for young people aged 6 years and above with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties, and can be modified to suit an individual participant’s needs so everyone can be included.

    Run entirely by volunteers, the program ensures that children with disabilities and their parents can be involved with surf skills and lifesaving like their siblings, friends and others on the beach.

    What Are The Benefits?

    The Starfish Nippers program has a profound and positive impact on everyone who gets involved. The benefits flow to not only our Starfish Nippers and their families, but also to our volunteer trainers/mentors, our Summer Holiday Nippers and the Club overall.


    Starfish Nippers love being involved and included in the Club and the overall Nippers program. They feel a real sense of belonging and wear their Nippers gear with great pride. In many cases, Starfish have been spectators up until now, watching their siblings participate in the Age Group Nippers Program. They are learning life skills from excellent role models (their trainers/mentors), increasing their beach and water safety knowledge and improving their swimming and board skills, while developing their fitness and improving their coordination. Their confidence and skills in the water will improve with every session. They love the social side of the program too and develop confidence socially – they love encouraging each other and having fun together, interacting with their peers and Age Group Nippers and participating actively in the community.


    Parents value highly that all children in the family can participate in the Club’s Nippers Program. Networking with other families who are raising a child with a disability is invaluable, and provides great support to each other with the challenges they face.

    Volunteer Trainers/Mentors

    Our trainers/mentors find the experience valuable and rewarding. Not only do the youth in our Club develop more understanding and skills in working with people with special needs, they also develop leadership skills and a feeling of a great sense of making a worthwhile contribution.

    Age Group Nippers

    Nippers who participate in the Summer Nippers Program will learn the importance of inclusion and how to connect with people with a disability. They become role models and learn skills in leadership. It is a valuable and rewarding experience for all involved.


    Our Club hopes to be able to continue to keep junior members engaged, and also to benefit from increased support from the wider community in the form of financial donations to help run the program.

  • 3 Sep 2021 3:38 PM | James Taylor (Administrator)

    Yes, it is that time of year again when we put the winter coat away and dust off the thongs and shorts, heading into summer as we welcome back our Jan Juc families and say a big hello to our new members.

    Sunny days and good waves have been booked and we are ready to launch Nippers 2021/22!



The Jan Juc SLSC has proudly patrolled the Jan Juc beach since 1963 and is a volunteer, family oriented club offering Life Saving Services, Nippers Surf Education and Surf Sports Program, Senior Surf Sports Competition and Training.

Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club Inc.

 Office0475 265 820
 Location10 Clubhouse Road, Jan Juc
 Postal AddressPO Box 179, Torquay, Victoria, 3228
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