For kids that want to further develop their surf and beach skills beyond Sunday Nippers, Bulli SLSC provides an opportunity for Nippers to participate in the Bulli Junior Team at surf carnivals. Training is held on two afternoons a week and on Sunday morning before regular Nippers.

 Carnivals include:

  • The Sydney Water Surf Series. 4 carnivals held in the Illawarra region held between October and December.
  • The SLS Illawarra Junior Development Carnival. An entry level carnival held in January or February.
  • The SLS Illawarra Junior Branch Championships. Held in February each year.
  • The SLS NSW Age State Championships held in late Feb/early March each year.

Individual and team relay opportunities are available in a range of events including:

  • Beach sprint
  • Beach relay
  • Flags
  • Surf swim
  • Paddle board surf races
  • Iron person
  • Wade for under 8s
  • Board rescue
  • Surf (swim) teams

In order to participate in carnivals Nippers must: 

  • Have paid membership fees and completed pool and surf proficiencies (even for those doing beach activities only).
  • Pay the carnival entry fees.
  • Wear the Bulli swimming costume and have a pink high visibility singlet.
  • Complete the Nippers education requirements prior to 31 December and demonstrate good attendance at Sunday Nippers (except for the Sydney Water series).
  • Attended all required education and surf sessions.


Bulli is required to provide volunteer water safety personnel, officials and other support at each carnival. Therefore, it is essential that the parents of Nippers participating in carnivals are available to assist where possible including with general logistics, coordination and set up at the beach.