Program Fees Nipper Program registration fees have been set at $190 for the 2021-22 season. This fee has been held consistent with the prior year registration fee. We will make a small number of fully subsidised places available in the Nipper program.

Parents seeking fully subsidised places should send an application email to briefly outlining the reasons for the application. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.


Session 1 – Accreditation Swim – Quarantine Station

The accreditation swim is a compulsory part of the program. The accreditation consists of the following activities:

Course 1 U7 – 3m glide and 30 sec float (on back)
Course 2 U8 & 9 – 25 Metre swim, 1 min float
U10 – 25 metre swim, 1 1⁄2 min float
U11 – 50 metre swim, 2 min float
Course 3 U12 – 100 swim float, 2 min float
U13 – 150 metre swim, 3 min float


We will run the accreditation swim by registered surname (family name) as follows:

A–C: 9:30am – 10:00am D–H: 10:00am – 10:30am
I–M: 10:30am – 11:00am N–R: 11:00am – 11:30am
S–T: 11:30am – 12:00pm U–Z: 12:00pm – 12:30pm


Accreditation wristbands will be provided to all participants who meet the above requirements, and they must be worn throughout the program. No wristband, no water-based activities, no exceptions.

Once all accreditation requirements have been met, participants will be able to collect their Nipper Packs from the designated collection area. Once collected, we would appreciate it if all participants leave the Quarantine Station area immediately in preparation for the following group to arrive (and to free up available car spaces).


Please ensure that you join the “Portsea SLSC Nippers” community on Team App as soon as possible. We will be using Team App for all communications in relation to the program.


Portsea S.L.S.C. bathers/jammers must be worn to all sessions. These can be purchased online or at the Sorrento Store; 131 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento – 03 5984 0322. Nippers need to purchase the plain red swimwear.


Our packs will also look a bit different this year. We have agreed with LSV that our Portsea red “Nipper Rashie” can be used as a water safety vest – meaning that it must be worn at all times (including being worn over the top of any wetsuits). Also, don’t rush out and buy any googles… as there may be a surprise for you in your packs! As always, remember to bring all of your gear with you to the beach as we do not have any spare packs available for use and contact with parents will need to be limited.

NB: If families intend to stay at the beach after completion of the program on any given day (as many chose to do), we have been requested to inform participants that they should remove their Portsea Nippers rash vest whilst on the beach to assist with management of Nipper participants.


Recent changes to Child Protection Laws now require the PSLSC to require all Nipper parent, guardians and siblings 18 year old and over to have a Working With Children Check. For further details on how to apply for a WWCC, please click on the “WWCC” button below for more information.

Please ensure that you provide your WWCC number on the Portsea Nipper Program registration form at time of enrolment.