About Us

City Nippers will help build your child’s confidence at the beach. We currently have 2 course types:

1. Tadpoles: 5-7 year olds
2. Nippers: 8-11 year olds

City Nippers is a dynamic and interactive programme for children delivered by Surf Lifeguards which provides surf safety and beach awareness for 5 to 11 year olds. This programme will introduce your child to the open water environment and build their confidence in the sea so they can safely enjoy New Zealand's favourite playground.

This summer City Nippers is offering 5 day programmes over the January School holidays at 5 Auckland Beaches: Maraetai, Eastern Beach, St Heliers Bay, Narrow Neck Beach, and Oneroa on Waiheke.

Each course consists of 5 vibrant fun-filled, 2-hour beach sessions. Surf Lifeguards will teach your child(ren) water safety messages and skills.
Specific activities include:

• education on surf safety, sun smart, rips and waves
• beach sprints and fun relays
• wading, duck diving, body surfing and surf swimming
• how to use a body board correctly
• tube rescues

Parents can choose to assist with the water activities or just stay and watch their children. Lifeguards are not responsible for any child after the session ends and the child is signed out.

This is the first summer season where content will line up with the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Junior Surf levels and relevant national water safety competencies. This increases the sense of progression for participants and makes the tranfer to a Surf Club programme simple should your child(ren) want to join one of our 17 Surf Life Saving Clubs in the Northern Region.

For more information about Junior Surf; visit: http://www.lifesaving.org.nz/clubs/find-a-club/

Beach fun

Learn to enjoy New Zealand's favourite playground - play safe at the beach and in the surf.


Age-appropriate learning in a fun atmosphere

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