HISTORY OF NIPPERS

Prior to 1902 it was illegal to swim in the surf in daylight hours!  When the laws were eventually changed there was a significant increase in the number of drownings and attempted rescues.  To allow for the increase in popularity of surf-swimming Australia’s first volunteer Surf Life Saving clubs emerged in 1907 on Sydney’s ocean beaches.

Manly Life Saving Club hosted the first Carnival in 1912 which attracted 20,000 people.  The Club has produced many outstanding sportsmen including Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton, 5 members of the 2012 Olympic Team and many other current top competitors.  A number of these athletes are recognised on plaques that can be found outside the changing rooms of the club house.

Manly Junior Life Saving Club started in 1965 and currently has over 850 Junior Life Savers, or Nippers.  The Nippers Program is an integral part of Manly Life Saving and provides a significant number of patrolling members thanks to the strong youth development programs on offer.

Your Nipper may enjoy reading Black Sunday by Evan McHugh, which tells the true story of a Nipper who saved people’s lives during Australia’s biggest surf lifesaving rescue which took place on Bondi beach in 1938.

COMMITTEE

Manly Nippers is run entirely by volunteers. Please find below our committee for the 21/22 season.

Deputy President Junior Activities and Youth: Tim Cuthbert
Secretary: Kate Martin
Treasurer: Jenni Jordan
Superintendent: Matt Wilkins
Education Officer: Leonie Graham
Registrar: Gill Cuthbert
Social Coordinator: Jodi Stacker
Communications & Team App: Sarah Emmott Bennett
BBQ Coordinator: Josh Lovski
Under 6-Under 14 Age Representative: Greg Nicholson
Child Protection Officer: Amanda Harrison
Gear Steward: Hamish Thorpe
Water Coaching Representative: Jono Stock
Beach Coaching Representative: Michael Kember

For nipper enquiries please email: nippers@manlylsc.com

SURF LIFE SAVING AUSTRALIA

Surf Life Saving Australia represents the largest volunteer movement of its kind in the world.  It is a unique not-for-profit community cause which exists through community donations, fundraising, corporate sponsorship and government grants.  Surf life savers rescue over 10,000 people annually on Australia’s beaches.