■ Nippers is a surf lifesaving programme for kids aged from 5-13.
■ The nippers movement started at the Nambucca Heads club in New South Wales in 1961, with North Cronulla becoming the first Sydney club to pick it up in 1963.
■ Several NZ clubs— most notably South Brighton in Christchurch— had activities for ‘junior juniors’.
■ Bob Mitchell brought the nippers concept back to Mount Maunganui in 1968, after visiting his old club, North Cronulla, on holiday.
■ Piha, Waimarama and Whakatane were among other clubs who soon established their own nippers programmes.
■ Girls officially joined the Mount Maunganui nippers in 1975.