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Junior's Information

Cudgen Headland SLSC Nippers

The Surf Life Savers of Tommorrow


Junior's Information

Cudgen Headland SLSC Nippers

The Surf Life Savers of Tommorrow

Welcome to Cudgen Headland SLSC Nippers 

Thank you for joining us at Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club.  Junior development within surf lifesaving is a valuable learning opportunity for our children and has its origins in the 1960s. Cudgen’s Junior Activities Committee (JAC) was founded during the Cudgen Headland’s SLSC annual general meeting of the 1966-67 season when it was suggested that a nipper club be formed and Jack Julius was elected president on its formation on 30 Oct 1966.

At Cudgen Headland SLSC we have a dedicated team that will train and develop the children, ensuring they have a fun beach experience throughout the season. You are encouraged to assist us with the activities that make this sport and this club great. These activities provide your children with skills they can use throughout their lives. The following information booklet has been prepared to get you started. Do not hesitate to speak to anyone of the Committee members if you have any questions or feedback.


Over time, the JAC movement has grown and developed along with the changing surf lifesaving culture, changing community attitudes and the changing expectations of members. The one thing that has remained constant is the willingness of members to commit their time to the training and mentoring of our children.  

At Cudgen Headland SLSC Nippers we aim to provide a safe and friendly environment in which to develop your child’s confidence, knowledge and skills in surf awareness, surf skills, lifesaving and teamwork.  

At the same time, Nippers provides an enabling space to forge new friendships, stay fit and healthy, and feel connected to a community with a rich and diverse history of almost 100 years

Southern Cross Credit Union are offering our Junior Club Members a $5 deposit to kickstart their savings when they open either an Easy Access or Star Saver account. Pop in to SCCU Kingscliff to open an account today!    * Offer available to new SCCU customers who are a current Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club Junior Club Member when they open an Easy Access or Star Saver account before 30th June 2020. Maximum one offer per customer.

Southern Cross Credit Union are offering our Junior Club Members a $5 deposit to kickstart their savings when they open either an Easy Access or Star Saver account. Pop in to SCCU Kingscliff to open an account today!

* Offer available to new SCCU customers who are a current Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club Junior Club Member when they open an Easy Access or Star Saver account before 30th June 2020. Maximum one offer per customer.


Nippers Registration

Nipper registration

Opens 1st september

What you need to know

Nippers Registration

Nipper registration

Opens 1st september

What you need to know

nipper registrations are open from 1st september

NipperS open / rego day 19/20 Season

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15th september @ THE SURF CLUB 10am - 1pm

join in & have fun - kids party from 11am

All Nipper registration is to be completed ONLINE


New members please complete the online registration process at http://join.sls.com.au

Renewing Members log in to your portal account http://members.sls.com.au

For Existing Members - how to make a Family Group

SLSA has initiated "Family Groups" to allow for bulk management of data and for renewing the membership of all members of a "Family Group" in one transaction. 

A "Family Group" can be created if all members that you wish to join to the group are already existing members of Cudgen Headland SLSC.  The "Primary" member (Mum/Dad/Carer) first creates a Portal account then applies to create a family group.  Once the group has been approved by the club the primary member can join family members to it.  

To start the process go to http://members.sls.com.au - Click the button below for the instruction book


During the registration process you will be able to use an Active Kids Voucher to reduce your child’s membership fee - please go to their website first to collect your voucher BY CLICKING HERE. Instructions for using the voucher are in the link below

STEP 2. ensure you make your payment


U6’s - U7’s: $125 or $25 if redeeming an Active Kids Voucher
U8’s - U14’s: $180 or $80 if redeeming an
Active Kids Voucher
Nippers Family 3 or more Children: $400 or $100 if 3 Active Kids Vouchers are used / $0 if 4 Active Kids vouchers used
(Please note this does not include parents registration fee)
Parents: $19 Active Associate Membership
It is essential that at least one parent per family join as an Active Associate member which entitles you to use of club facilities, life saving award training, insurance cover for all approved surf life saving activities and entitles you to receive 10% discount on food and beverages in our Club. Parents are not allowed to assist or participate without Insurance so we encourage you to join, and join the fun!
To work out your payment please see the Age List below


Age groups are determined as follows: EG: if you child is 8yrs old on the 30th September he/she will go into the Under 9 age group

NOTE: Children must have turned 5 years of age by 30th September of the joining year to participate. All new nippers must bring proof of Age (Birth Certificate or Passport) to the club for sighting by the administration officer.

U14 Date of Birth falls between 1st Oct 2005 & 30th Sep 2006

U13 Date of Birth falls between 1st Oct 2006 & 30th Sep 2007

U12 Date of Birth falls between 1st Oct 2007 & 30th Sep 2008

U11 Date of Birth falls between 1st Oct 2008 & 30th Sep 2009

U10 Date of Birth falls between 1st Oct 2009 & 30th Sep 2010

U9 Date of Birth falls between 1st Oct 2010 & 30th Sep 2011

U8 Date of Birth falls between 1st Oct 2011 & 30th Sep 2012

U7 Date of Birth falls between 1st Oct 2012 & 30th Sep 2013

U6 Date of Birth falls between 1st Oct 2013 & 30th Sept 2014

If you should experience any difficulties in joining online please email: jacmembership@cudgenslsc.org.au for assistance

STEP 3: Pool Proficiency


All nippers need to complete a pool proficiency swim prior to commencing nippers in the ocean.

Members can also download the Pool Proficiency Form below and have it signed off by a qualified assessor at any of our local pools. Also note that this can be filled out during any squad or organised swim session that children may already be attending.

STEP 4:  Purchase the required safety apparel online

Note: Under 6 & Under 7 Nippers will be provided with a high visibility rash vest and a coloured cap - this is included in their fees
Under 8’s to Under 14 Nippers need a Cudgen Headland High Visibility rash vest & a club cap & swimwear for competition.
New nippers will be provided with an age group coloured cap free of charge
The Club Uniform shop will be open Saturday 15th September between 10am & 1pm

The Uniform shop is open early most Sunday Mornings at the start of the season so parents can collect the apparel they have ordered online - or by arrangement during the week - please contact merchandise@cudgenslsc.org.au to organise early collection or try on sizes etc

- Pink high visibility singlet - $26
- Pink high visibility long sleeve vest - $35
- Cudgen Club Competition cap - $15

STEP 5:  What to bring on the Open day

On the Nipper Open Days you will be required to bring the following with you so the paperwork can be finalised before activities start:

  1. Completed pool proficiency form - signed by qualified assessor (refer to the form)

  2. Proof of identification for new nippers (birth certificate, passport etc) - this is a once off requirement for new members only

  3. A copy of your receipt for payment of joining fees (online joining process can take payments by credit card)


Nippers Training Sessions

Nippers Training

Make friends, be active and enjoy the beach

Nippers Training Sessions

Nippers Training

Make friends, be active and enjoy the beach

Nippers Training Sessions

Cudgen Nippers have the following training sessions available commencing Wednesday 11th September


A parent or guardian is required to sign their children on to the training attendance record at the Surf Club prior to the session commencing and then sign them off once the session has been completed. U9 parents must be on the beach with their child during board training

WEDNESDAY - BOARD TRAINING (Ages U9-U14) 4.30-5.30 pm

FRIDAY - BOARD TRAINING (Ages U9-U14) 4.30-5.30 pm

SATURDAY - IRON MAN TRAINING (Ages U11-U14) 10.30-11.30 am


from 5.00pm to 6.00pm

This training is held on the athletics track at Walter Peate Oval, which is located off Murphys Road next to the Cudgen Leagues club in North Kingscliff. The training is delivered by Phil Newton who is a level 4 Australian accredited athletics coach. Participants must where runners (take spikes if they have them), take their own water bottle and towel to stretch on. Parents are to advise Phil upon arrival that they are with Cudgen Headland SLSC and ensure that Phil signs you on to the club register.


Ages U9-U12- 3.30-4.30pm

Ages U13-U14- 4.30-5.30pm

This training session is held directly in front of the Cudgen Surf Club and is purely focused on Beach Flags and Beach Sprint start technique (sprint speed, conditioning and technique training is done on the track at Walter Peate Oval with Phil Newton). A parent or guardian is required to sign their children on to the training attendance record at the Surf Club prior to the session commencing and then sign them off once the session has been completed. Participants must bring their own water bottle and towel to stretch. These sessions will be run by former World and Australian Beach Flags Champion Adam Mills.

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Typical Nippers Day

A Typical Juniors Day

Fun, Friends and Activities

Typical Nippers Day

A Typical Juniors Day

Fun, Friends and Activities

Your Typical Day at Cudgen Headland Nippers

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08:00:   Layout beach for flags, sprint track & water areas
Selection of water areas under guidance of Water Safety Captain
Water Safety Form completed with reference to Patrol Captain
Erect Tents (drink station & marshaling) plus Bar B Q tent
Layout Boards - Foam and fiberglass
Set up Age Group markers
Rake sand for Flags area/s
08:45:  Age Managers, Assistants and Water Safety Meeting
09.00:  Announcements
09:10:  Move Nippers to designated activity areas for role call
11.00:   Complete Activities sign off nippers on the grass area
11.00:   Pack away all equipment – debrief at the Bar B Q


Juniors Office Bearers

Juniors Office Bearers

2019/20 Season

Juniors Office Bearers

Juniors Office Bearers

2019/20 Season


  • Coordinator: Gavin Smith dir.nippers@cudgenslsc.org.au

  • Vice Coordinator: Matt Eddy nippers@cudgenslsc.org.au

  • Secretary: Pamela Kill nippers_admin@cudgenslsc.org.au
    Assistant: Shannon Gray

  • Treasurer: Julie French nippers@cudgenslsc.org.au
    Assistant: Alicia Tate

  • Registrar: Kylie Mison jacmembership@cudgenslsc.org.au

    Assistant: Shannon Gray

  • Carnival Entries: Mark Evans nippers-carnvals@cudgenslsc.org.au

  • Team Manager: Simon Tate

  • Officials Coordinator: Vacant

  • March Past Officer: Chrissy Arghyros

  • Grievance Officer: Grant Rogers

  • Cudgen Classic Coordinator: Gavin Smith classic@cudgenslsc.org.au

  • Watersafety Supervisor: Paul Burdekin

  • IRB Coordinator: Simon Tate

  • Gear Steward: Stephen George, Corey Chisholm

  • Attendance & Carnival Recorders: Amanda Clarke

  • Child Protection Officer: Amanda Clarke

  • Beach Referee: Vacant

  • Chief Instructor: Vacant

  • Coaching Coordinator: Adam Mills

    Assistant Club Coaches: Stephen George, Carsten Loemker, Matt Eddy, Luke Hutchinson

  • Youth Development Officer: Shannon Gray, Pamela Kill

  • Grants & Sponsorship Officer:Julie French, Clair Maiden

  • Event Coordinator: Clare George

  • Barbecue Coordinators: Clair Maiden (Rosters), Karen Mills (Ordering), Dan Allsopp (Cook)

  • Home Beach Coordinator: Matt Eddy Assist: Grant Rogers


  • Fundraising Committee: Claire Maiden, Sabra Nicol, Alisia Tate

  • Cudgen Classic Assistants: Alisa Tate, Pamela Kill, Carsten Loemker, Daren French

  • Publicity Team: Elisha Lindsay, Leya Fulton, Vanessa Fairweather

  • Presentation Committee: Amanda Clarke, Lisa Burdekin, Pamela Kill, Shannon Gray

  • Social Committee: Jane Daniel, Deborah Arghyros

  • Beach Set Up Work Party: Matt Eddy, Rachel Eddy


  • If you are interested in assisting the JAC and taking on a position please contact nippers@cudgenslsc.org.au


  • Under 14’s: Adam Mills (Assistant- Mia Taylor)

  • Under 13’s: Daren French (Assistant- Rachel Eddy)

  • Under 12’s: Marty Fairweather (Assistant- Erin Kill)

  • Under 11’s: Carsten Loemker (Assistant - Chrissi Argyhros)

  • Under 10’s: Adam Poole (Assistant - Vic Roseverne)

  • Under 9’s: Dan Seaton

  • Under 8’s: Shane Berryman (Assistant - Kane Goldsworthy)

  • Under 7’s: Nick Forde

  • Under 6's: Janthea Andersen


Nippers History

Cudgen Headland SLSC Juniors

A brief history

Nippers History

Cudgen Headland SLSC Juniors

A brief history

The History of Cudgen Headland SLSC Juniors


This short report has been compiled by club historian Keith Kennedy titled, from his book "Cudgen Headland SLSC 85 Years of Service 1922 – 2006".

Cudgen Headland Juniors -

The suggestion of forming a 'Nipper Club' at Cudgen was first mentioned at the 1966/67 Annual Meeting. Just a couple of meetings later the Junior Club was formed in 1966 accommodating age groups from under 8's to under 13's. Jack Julius was the first elected Junior President and the Kingscliff Lady Lions Club presented each of the members with a competition cap.

Neighboring Clubs at Tweed Heads & Coolangatta and Ballina followed forming Junior Clubs and on the 8th January 1967 a carnival for Nippers was held in conjunction with the Senior Carnival at Kingscliff.

By the end of that season several other clubs on the Far North Coast and in South East Queensland followed the lead and began forming in the next couple of seasons.

The Far North Coast Branch was formed in the season of 1967/68 with Noel Bulmer as founding President. Through Noel's leadership the Nippers competed in several carnivals at Palm Beach, Byron Bay, Broadbeach and Kingscliff. Membership was growing and in the 1967/68 season Cudgen Juniors had 125 members. T shirts were ordered and made available for $1.00.

Our Junior Club flourished as did Nippers throughout the Country. In 1973/74 a National Affiliation called the National Junior Association of Surf Life Saving was formed. Minutes from that meeting indicate, "During the 1960's responsible club officials in the various States decided to gather boys together and mould them into an organized club within their respective clubs with emphasis being placed on activities associated with Surf Life Saving".

The Junior Surf Clubs soon became very popular and the methods and activities rapidly spread throughout Australia, resulting in the formation of Branches and in turn, State Organisations.

Our Junior Club has remained strong for 44 years. We now have generations of families that have attended Cudgen Nippers going on to patrol ours and other beaches as surf life savers.

Tracking our history through the Annual Reports compiled each season by the Junior President, a number of things quickly stand out, notably how proud each of the committees have been of the children and their achievements. These Junior Club reports have been received from 1968 onwards and I would like to highlight some quotes;

1969 – 70 "The juvenile section of our club continued to function with top class efficiency due to the enthusiasm of officials controlling them. Many hours of beach work and coaching has paid its dividends and all youngsters and those responsible were to be congratulated for their efforts."

1970 – 70 "The season started with a record number of nippers attending the beach for weekly competition - the nipperettes also had a carnival at Cabarita."

1971 – 72 "The season saw the inaugural NSW v QLD junior competition take place."

1972 – 73 "Enrolment for the season totaled 87 boys. The foam nipper boards were introduced to carnivals this season."

1973 – 74 "There was an increase in membership. Through the generosity of various organisations and the public a purchase of six coolite boards was made."

1974 – 75 "Membership rose to 144 with good attendance on Sundays."

1975 – 76 "With membership of 105 everything augered well for a successful season. A small team travelled to Bondi for the State Carnival."

1976 – 77 "Champions were: Sub Junior Brett Jones, Junior Simon Winkler, Senior Murray Fitzpatrick, Clubman Steve Spence."

1977 – 78 "The clubs greatest regret is that there isn't a swimming pool at Kingscliff."

1978 – 79 "The club registered 73, slightly down."

1979 – 80 "... with the Kingscliff pool opened, boys who could not previously swim entered water events and came home strongly."

1980 – 81 "The National Junior Award of Surf Life Saving was introduced in 1980. It was a graduated learning process from 7 years to 13 years to gain the Qualification Certificate SLS."

1981 – 82 "It was to be a particularly busy season with the hosting of the NSW Titles... the first in the Far North Coast Branch... more than 3000 youngsters invaded the Kingscliff Beach."

1982 – 83 "The Kingscliff Lions Club took over the running of the Hotel raffles for the junior club which enabled it to be in a sound financial position at the end of the season. The club continued to dominate FNC carnivals."

1983 – 84 "Tweed Shire Council approved the extensions to the clubhouse to accommodate the junior club. However the Public Works Dept refused the application because the site was covered by the Coastal Protection Act. They said by relocating the dormitories and squash courts it would allow the existing building to accommodate the junior members. This of course was not an option."

1984 – 85 "The Country Titles were held at Warrilla-Barrack Point and the team came home with quite a lot of medals."

1985 – 86 "At the AGM Joyce Buchanan stood down as Treasurer after occupying that position for twelve seasons. Life membership of the Junior Club was conferred on Joyce and Eddie (Junior President for many years) Buchanan for their many years of service. Amalgamation of the Junior and Senior Club this season was still a debated question. There was nothing to stop this on a club basis with 50% of NSW clubs having done so."

1986 – 87 "With a membership of 152 and an energetic workforce of parents and instructors everything augered well for a great season. National Award Certificates for the previous season were distributed and pool swims for the 'S' Badge conducted. During the season, 71 juniors gained Surf Life Saving Awards."

1987 – 88 "Membership for the season was 86. The club made the trip to Shellharbour for the Country Titles and finished 3rd..."

1988 – 89 "The Branch Titles were hosted by Kingscliff where the club performed well.."

1989 – 90 "...the name change to Board of Junior Activity from Nippers was made nationally."

1990 – 91 "Membership was high with 104...attendance at the Dance Club at Kingscliff High School absorbed a lot of junior attendance on Sunday mornings."

1991 – 92 "Capitation fees were introduced by Branch...set at $8 per member."

1992 – 93 "Kingscliff Lions made a donation of $2000 (this was an ongoing generous donation) towards travel..."

1993 – 94 "Memberships declined to 75... financial support continued from the Lions and Kingscliff Hotel."

1994 – 95 "Club membership numbered 120."

1995 – 96 "Again the Tweed Banana Festival was used as a means of promoting with a colorful float. Membership increased to 180. A record number of 9 were selected in the Branch Team."

1996 – 1997 "The State Titles were held on 22-23 February... the crowd was estimated at 8,000 with 3,300 competitors."

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Cudgen Headland Junior Activity Group 1997

1997 – 98 "...in May the club officially changed its name to Cudgen. The inaugural Kingscliff Classic was held as part of the Kingscliff Main Street Festival on the 25th October." The Cudgen Classic was organised by a small band of workers lead by Lyndel Small, Bill & Vogue Aitken and Ken King.

1998 – 99 "The second Cudgen Classic attracted 200 starters... The senior club commenced the conversion of the squash courts which gave us space on the ground floor for storage..."

1999 – 00 "...Cudgen Classic boasted prizes to the value of $10,000. Club membership numbered 112."

2000 – 01 "The team was returning home when the board rack snapped on the equipment trailer and the weight of all the gear forced the back doors open, spilling all the gear onto the road. This was unknown until a car flagged the bus down. After back tracking for half and hour searching both sides of the road, some of the boards were found. Unfortunately the large brand new tent worth $4000 was nowhere to be found... the club continued to compete using borrowed equipment."

2001 – 02 "Bill Julius became the 14th person to lead the club and followed in the footsteps of his father Jack who was the inaugural president. ...membership reached a record 179. Capitation fees had risen to $25 which was a big strain on finances."

2002 – 03 "...the club dominated the Branch Championships... The club placed 1st in the country point score."

2003 – 04 "...the Cudgen Classic, skillfully organised by Andrew Illingworth attracted record entries with 'Infront boards' from Shane McIntosh again the principal sponsor. Whilst the club has long been champion in beach based events this season it was proving just as unstoppable in the water. The club retained the Country pointscore."

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2004 – 05 "146 members, the Cudgen Classic now in its ninth year attracted more than 300 competitors from NSW and QLD. Marikki Watego.... named as the NSW Junior Female Lifesaver of the Year.

2005 – 06 "The Country Championships were conducted at Woolgoolga... A squad of fifteen contested the State Titles at Cronulla. Another former Cudgen Nipper Steve Spence takes over as president from Bill Julius.

2006 – 07 "Cudgen Juniors take delivery of the best 'Nipper Trailer' on the FNC.

2007 – 08 "...record numbers in the younger age groups, under 6 and under 7's.

2008 – 09 "...major reconstruction of the club including the Nipper room and canteen. Record number of junior members. Andrew 'Mr Classic' Illingworth hands over the Cudgen Classic after another successful event. Renovations are complete. Kaitlin Smith wins the NSW State Junior Female of the year.

2009 -10 "With renovations a distant memory the new facility is put to the test at the Cudgen Classic headed by Stuart O'Neill and Peter Gyory in perfect conditions. Cudgen Headland will host the 2010 – 2011 State Titles."

I hope you enjoyed reading a little of the Juniors journey