Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST) in partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity Tasmania is proud to announce that four areas across Tasmania this Summer will be running Starfish Nippers programs.  

SLST’s programs, such as Starfish Nippers, aims to increase social inclusion and participation levels in beach activities for children (from ages 5) and young people with an intellectual impairment, physical disability and/ additional needs who find themselves capable but challenged by the requirements of mainstream junior Surf Life Saving programs. Recently, increased accessibility to purpose-built facilities and beach access wheelchairs has seen more Tasmanians participate in aquatic activities.

Starfish nippers will again this year be opened up to siblings of starfish nippers so the whole family can get involved!  

2024 Starfish Nippers Program

North & North West Tasmania

Time and Location Provided By Dates Registration
2.00pm - 3.30pm
Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club
Penguin SLSC
Ulverstone SLSC
Saturday 10 February
Sunday 11 February
Register for Starfish Nippers - Ulverstone
2.00pm - 3.30pm
Burnie Surf Life Saving Club
Burnie SLSC Sunday 11 February
Sunday 25 February
Saturday 10 March 
Register for Starfish Nippers - Burnie
Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club
Devonport SLSC
Port Sorell SLSC
Saturday 23 March Register for Starfish Nippers - Port Sorell
Bridport Surf Life Saving Club
Bridport SLSC Sunday 11 February Register here for Starfish Nippers Bridport

Southern Tasmania

Date and Location Time Provided By Registration

Kingston Beach - Saturday 24 February 2024


Clifton Beach - Saturday 16 March 2024






Carlton Park SLSC
Clifton Beach SLSC
Kingston Beach SLSC



Register here for both southern sessions













Tasmanian Starfish nippers in the media

Hobart Observer article

Mercury Newspaper article