Dromana Bay

Lifesaving Nippers Program (LNP)




Dromana Bay Nippers

Dromana Bay LSC has around 150+ Junior members (Nippers) participate in the club Lifesaving Nippers Program (LNP) from start of January to mid February each year.

The program is open to children aged between 5 and 13 years of age. The Age group nippers will be placed in is decided by the age the nipper is on the 30th September 2024. We welcome all  children of all skill levels, but strongly advise children 8 years and up to have swimming  experience. Being able to swim competently is an integral part of making children safe at the  beach as well as allowing them to actively participate and enjoy life saving activities.  

The Nippers program is not a “learn to swim” program. We strongly encourage you to enrol  your children in “learn to swim” classes depending on their current ability. 

The Lifesaving Nippers Program season runs for 6 sessions on set days from the start of January till mid February. The focus in the LNP is on instilling the children with the necessary  skills, confidence and knowledge to enjoy the beach environment safely. The program covers  the many activities associated with Life Saving Victoria (LSV) as well as developing fitness and  teamwork. Activities include beach running, flags, swimming, board paddling and Education,  all conducted in a fun, friendly and safe environment. The LNP caters for all levels of skill and  experience. The LNP was developed to equip children with the skills and knowledge for them  to recognise and enjoy a safe beach and aquatic environment.  

Nippers just need to bring along their enthusiasm and energy.

Nippers dates for 2024:

  • Saturday 6th January 2024
  • Saturday 13th January 2024
  • Saturday 20th January 2024
  • Saturday 27th January 2024
  • Saturday 3rd February 2024
  • Saturday 10th February 2024 – Club Championships day

Joining for the first time?

Parents who are interested in their children joining the program for the first time will need to register their children’s names on our Expression of Interest Registration form which opens on 1st October each year and closes on 30th October of that year.

Those interested in registering should make sure to get in early as no late entries will be accepted unfortunately. Our groups are limited so that we can ensure we run a high quality, and most importantly, safe program. Therefore, positions in the program are dependent on any vacancies we may have in age groups.

Please note that filling out our Expression of Interest Registration form does not guarantee your child a position in the program.

If we have a vacancy for your child then a minimum of one parent/guardian must join as club members with the Nipper. Please wait to join and pay for memberships after receiving your acceptance letter. Acceptance letters will be sent out on the 5th November 2023.

Cost of the Nippers Program

You just need to be a financial member of our club to participate in the program and the only  other cost required is the purchase of a club cap. Club caps and pink nippers rashies are  required to be worn during all of our nippers sessions.  

  • Pink rashie is kindly paid for and donated free of charge to the nippers by Dromana Lions Club
  • Club cap costs $10. 
Nippers running on the beach
Nippers on the beach

Dates for the 2022/2023 Dromana Bay LNP

  • Saturday 6th January 2024
  • Saturday 13th January 2024
  • Saturday 20th January 2024
  • Saturday 27th January 2024
  • Saturday 3rd February 2024
  • Saturday 10th February 2024 – Club Championships day

    Club championship day is a day  where nippers will be awarded first, second and third place for each activities except  for the education and games activities. Reminder it is still a day for fun competitive  spirit and each kid will be awarded a participation award and will also receive their  nippers medallions at the completion of the day.

    Please note: Our nippers programs are run in the morning from 9am and will be completed  by 11am each morning. Allow for another 30mins after the 11am finish time for helping us  with packing up the equipment and grabbing a sausage from the nippers BBQ.

    Program Information


    • Ages groups Under 6’s to the Under 11’s will rotate through 6 activities (boards,  swimming, team games, flags, sprints and education) each Nippers session.

    • Ages groups Under 12’s and Under 13’s will do our advance nippers program where  they will build on lifesaving operations and activities. Activities will include – board  skills, fitness, swimming, communication, board and tube rescues,  knowledge/education and team building skills.

    Both of the programs (Lifesaving Nippers Program and older kids Advanced nippers program) are run on the same day and times as each other. 

    Our 2024 Lifesaving Nipper Program will run from Saturday 6th January 2024 to Saturday 10th February 2024. It is a six week program. Nipper sessions will run from 9:00 to 11:15am

    Dromana Bay LSC is a friendly, family club. We hope that all members adopt the  Dromana Bay Club Spirit and remember that the Nippers should have FUN!!


    Please be advised that the Expression of Interest form are now closed for the season and no late entries will be accepted. For those who have filled out the Expression of Interest forms, acceptance letters will be sent out on the 5th November 2023.