Story: Lifesaving and surfing

A competition for ‘nippers’

A competition for ‘nippers’

New Zealand surf life saving clubs offer training to both adults and to young people who may eventually wish to qualify as lifeguards. These juniors, or ‘nippers’, learn a range of skills through competitions such as the beach flag event. In each round, a group of competitors race for a limited number of batons representing beach flags. Those who don’t secure a baton are eliminated from the contest. Pictured are Logan Woodhead (left) and Charles Pipe, vying for a baton at Waihī Beach in 2003.

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Reference: 29 December 2003

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Lifesaving and surfing - Surf lifesaving today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 June 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006