The Active Patrol are the volunteer life savers who keep our beach safe.

​​​​​​​ As the numbers of holiday makers at Sandy Point swells over the Summer from 300 local residents to over 3,000 our active Patrol member dedicate their Summers to keeping us all safe.

Every year a number of our patrol members dedicate over 100 plus hours of time to patrol.

Enormous preparation goes into getting ready for the Patrol season with the Active committee setting training dates, patrol rosters and conducting activities like gear inspection.

The 2017/2018 Patrol season commences Saturday 2nd December 2017 and concludes on Sunday 15th April 2018.

Patrol hours are as follows:​​​​​​​

Period A:

02 December 2017 to 25 December 2017

Saturday Start: 1:00pm

Finish: 4:30pm

Sunday / Public Holidays Start: 10:30am

Finish: 4:00pm

Period B:

26 December 2017 to 26 January 2018

Saturday Start: 1:00pm

Finish: 5:30pm

Sunday / Public Holidays Start: 10:00am

Finish: 5:30pm

Period C:

27 January 2017 to 15 April 2018

Saturday Start: 1:00pm

Finish: 4:30pm

Sunday / Public Holidays Start: 10:30am

Finish: 4:00am

The 2017/2018 Patrol Leadership positions are as follows:

Club Captain: Aidan Moriarty

Vice Club Captain: Jess Horsburgh

Vice Club Captain: Tom Wilkinson 

Junior Club Captain: Keegan Clarke

Patrol Captain #1: Jameson Trainor 

VPC: Eden Cahir

Patrol Captain #2: Jack Kennedy

VPC: Erin Rouget

Patrol Captain #3: Laura Brooks

VPC: Keegan Clarke

Patrol Captain #4: Aidan Moriarty

VPC: Sam Day

Patrol Captain #5: Aidan Matthews

VPC: Kate Wilkinson 

Chief Instructor: Lachy Gay

VCI: Laura Brooks

IRB Captain: Jack Kennedy

VIRBC: Tom Wilkinson

First Aid Officer: Jess Horsburgh

VFAO: Keegan Clarke

Mobile Vehicles Officer: Tom Wilkinson

Radio Officer: Jack Kennedy


The WBSLSC Nippers Program aims to encourage participation in all activities.

The vision for our Nippers Program is to provide a safe and friendly environment where both Nippers and parents can learn and enhance their knowledge about surf life saving and to prepare our Nippers to eventually be patrolling members of our club.

We encourage all children to do their best and develop to their full potential, whilst learning new skills and having fun.

Throughout the season our key focus is:

1. Safety First

2. Do your Best

3. Have Fun

We have only one major rule at Nippers: NO THROWING SAND

Nippers is proudly supported by:

The Dell Family

2017/2018 Program Details: 

Registration Day: 

26 December 2017, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Season Commences: 

Wednesday 27 December 2017

Finishes with a Club Championships Carnival on: 

Friday 19 January 2018

Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

(with a sausage sizzle at the end of our session on Friday)


Sign in at 9:15am

Session start/finish:

​​​​​​​ 9:30am-11:30am

Please arrive early so we can get organised and maximise our time on the beach!

How old does my child need to be to participate in Nippers?

At Waratah Beach SLSC we are offering the Nippers program to children in Age categories Under 6 to Under 14. 

Children are appointed to a particular age group each season based on their age on 30th September each year.

You can use the table below to work out the age group for your child.

For our smallest Nippers:

Your child must be 5 years old on the 30th September 2017 or older to participate.

There are no exceptions to this rule.




5 Years Old

​​​​​​​6 Years Old​​​​​​​

7 Years Old

8 years Old

9 Years Old

​​​​​​​10 Years Old

11 Years Old

12 Years Old


13 Years Old


14 Years Old


Junior Activity Group

​​​​​​​Participate as Under 6

Participate as Under 7

Participate as Under 8

Participate as Under 9

Participate as Under 10

Participate as Under 11

Participate as Under 12

Participate as Under 13 (or Under 15 upon gaining their Surf Rescue Certificate)  

Participate as Under 13 (or Under 15 upon gaining their Surf Rescue Certificate)  

Participate as Under 13 (or Under 17 upon gaining their Surf Bronze Medallion)  


How to register for Nippers?


There are THREE STEPS to becoming a Nipper:

1. Your Nipper becomes a NEW member of the Club or you RENEW your Club Membership from last season

2.  Pay for your Nipper (or Family) membership

3. Complete the Nipper Registration Form.

** Update 29 October 2017:  PayPal has now been fixed, so you can pay for membership via PayPal or credit card.

What does it cost? Membership

To join the Nipper program your Nipper needs to be member of the Club.

The Nippers program is include in the Junior Membership or Family Membership.

To participate in the program it is compulsory that all Nippers are wearing the Pink Rashie and Club Cap.

These can be purchased from the Club at the start of Nippers for a fee (Rashie $15.00 and Club Cap $10.00).

Nipper Registration Form

All Nippers must have a Registration Form completed prior to the commencement of their Program and you can do this 'online' at Step 3 above.  It provides us with (confidential) additional information that we keep handy on the beach.

Nearly everything you need to know about Nippers....

The WBSLSC Junior Parent/Guardian Handbook contains nearly everything that you need to know about the Nippers Program.

It contains important and useful information that ensures the success of our season – everything from Behavioural Codes of Conduct and what to bring to Nippers to a sample session plan.