The committee would like to welcome all our Nippers and their families, old and new, to this season with the Coffs Harbour Junior Surf Club. 


Our aim is to:

  • Provide best possible surf lifesaving experience for all juniors with the view to encourage long-term active participation with Surf Lifesaving
  • Provide opportunities for juniors to participate and enjoy lifesaving skills and competition in an aquatic environment
  • Ensure juniors are safe on our beaches through surf safety education programs
  • Develop a team-based philosophy encompassing leadership, teamwork, and FUN!!
  • Promote social, emotional & physical development in a healthy and safe environment


The club follows the Surf Life Saving Australia Junior Development Program (JDP), which provides the educational framework on surf awareness and safety skills leading to the Surf Rescue Certificate. This framework includes safety requirements, educational units, and physical developmental skills. 


Nippers is open to children aged 5 (from the 31st of October of that year) and continues until the Under 14 age group where the SRC is achieved. We are introducing an Inclusion program this year to incorporate those children in our community with disabilities. Our aim is to provide a safe environment and framework for these children to understand and participate in surf lifesaving.


We encourage all junior members to become involved in surf patrols as cadets, eventually becoming fully qualified lifesavers. We try to accomplish this whilst providing a social and fun environment for the whole family. 


Nippers is run by volunteers and volunteer parents.


Parents must always be in attendance on the beach during training, Sunday Nippers, and Carnivals. This is extremely important for us to maintain our safety requirements and family involvement is the backbone of the nipper’s culture.


The Committee and age managers have an open-door policy, if you have any concerns or feedback, please contact your age managers in the first instance or committee members listed within the Nippers handbook below.


All Nippers information, updates, and communication are done through our TeamApp – Coffs Harbour SLSC Nippers. Please jump on TeamApp, search Coffs Harbour SLSC Nippers, and follow the prompts. Visit:

Junior Activity Chairman: Dan Backhouse 
Vice Junior Activity Chairman: Amanda Hardaker
Treasurer: Jen Barry
Secretary: Leticia Gunther
Register: Kara Barclay
Superintendent: Matt Becker
Water Safety Co Coordinator: Chris Betland
Gear Steward: 
Catering/BBQ Co-coordinators Member: Kate Watson, Kylie Pratt & Shona Clifford
Member Protection Officer: Cath Ninness 0414 514 837
Junior Head Coaches:  Mark (Freddy) Beavis
Junior Assistant Coaches: Amanda Gregory, Grant Lawler, Phil Evans
Education Officer Juniors: Joanne Jameson & Grant Lawler
Work Party: Alicia & Chris Betland, Graham Dunn, Simon O Rorke, Phil Evans, Shane Herden, Murray Watson, Anthony Hulbert, Murray Dawson

Under 6’s: Lily Grace Herden & Hudson Barry
Under 7’s: Ryan Doyle & Dave Mutkins
Under 8’s: Ty Watson & Steve Crockford
Under 9’s: Jane Benson & Graham Parish
Under 10’s: Anne Marie Herden, Hayden O’Rorke & Louise Mengel
Under 11’s: Geoff Kassulke & Trent Doyle
Under 12’s: Ian Carswell & Linda Masoka
Under 13’s: Phil Evans & Leeanne Brasier
Under 14’s: Harry Barry & Rebecca Hulbert

Inclusive: Mel Lawler, Cath Dawson Cassandra Carswell & Sam Bergen

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