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Swimming Standards

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 lifesaving 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.


Swimming evaluations are in place to ensure that Nippers are fit and able to meet the minimum requirements for safety of the Nipper Program. The evaluations consist of a swim and survival float.  Life Saving Victoria requires that all nippers complete a swimming proficiency evaluation prior to commencing Nipper activities in the water. 

Should your child not meet the minimum requirements they can participate in land based activities only, and we will work with your child to meet the minimum requirements.


We do recognise that swimming in the ocean is a new experience for many children and that even competent pool swimmers can find this challenging at first. Our aim is to encourage children and to help develop their confidence and skills swimming in the ocean as well as provide surf and inland waterway education.

Please be aware of the following junior preliminary skills evaluation are effective from 1st June 2023 

For further information regarding the skills please refer

Assessors must be ONE of the following for a minimum of 3 years in order to be able to assess: 

  • Age Manager Mentor with a minimum of 3 years’ experience 

  • Age Manager with a minimum of 2 years’ experience 

  • LSV accredited core, technical, senior or performance officials with a minimum of 3 years’ experience

  • Be proficient in SRC (at minimum) or hold a bronze medallion for a minimum of 3 years, and with a 

  • minimum age of 18 years.


U9, U10 & U11 Aquatic Skills
U12, U13 & U14 Aquatic Skills
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When completed, please fill in the Google form and upload your forms here:
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