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What Is Starfish Nippers?

Starfish Nippers is a modified and structured nippers program designed for young people aged 6+ with special needs. It runs alongside a Club’s Summer Holiday Nippers Program focusing 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.”

Starfish Nippers session dates are aligned with the 2021-2022 Summer Holiday Program. These dates may be subject to change.


The program is capped at 10 participants. Direct enquiries to the Starfish Nipper Co-ordinator

To join (or rejoin) the Club and submit your Starfish Nipper Registration, head to our Join Us webpage.

What Are The Benefits?

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.

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.

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.



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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