Cadet Camp

Cadet Camp 2020 will be following the same refreshed format: lots of boards, skills and fitness!

Cadet Camp provides those who completed their Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) as part of the U/14 Nipper program, with the opportunity to requalify this award and refresh those skills.

Please note that contrary to previous years, holding a Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) is now compulsory to attend the Cadet program. There will no longer be the opportunity to attain an SRC through the Cadet program. This is due the difficulties we’ve had in doing this in past seasons. The Cadet program doesn’t provide sufficient time to attain this award.

With a stronger focus on water skills, especially boards, we will be inviting down a number of specialist skills coaches the provide extra training throughout the camp.

What will I do on Cadet Camp?

Cadets will participate in a combination of:

  • Requalifying Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)
  • Board skills
  • Fitness work
  • Rescue skills
  • Scenario work
  • Competition skills

Camp Details

Cost: $250

Dates: (Location: Quarantine)

  • Thursday 2nd Jan 2020 (12:30 PM- 5:00 PM)
  • Friday 3rd Jan 2020 (10:00 AM- 5:00 PM)
  • Saturday 4th Jan 2020 (10:00 AM- 5:00 PM)


Full schedule TBC

Please note cadets is not a live in camp. Candidates we’ll need to be picked up and dropped off at Quarantine Station, Point Nepean each day.

Patrol uniforms

If you are in need of a patrol uniform, you can order here.

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Nipper helping

We would love if the cadets could help out with the Nipper program as much as possible over the next few weeks! The Nipper sessions run from 9am-12pm at Portsea back beach on the following dates: TBC

What to bring in a day bag

• Hat (Wide Brim)

• Sunglasses

• Sunscreen

• Water bottle (Particularly on the Quarantine Days)

• Bathers

• Wetsuit

• Towel

• Sun protective clothing i.e. T-shirt not singlet

• Runners & sandals


The Portsea Cadet Camp is an extremely popular program. Contrary to belief, this is not a completely ‘first come, first serve’ process. Preference has to be given to those who have previously participated in the Portsea Nipper programs in order to achieve our goal of providing an end-to-end junior development program. Previous Portsea Nipper graduates will have a 1 week priority period to apply before Non-Portsea Nippers.


Registration dates:

  • Open – 10AM Monday 2nd September 2019
  • Close – 5pm Monday 9th September 2019

All Nipper graduates that register within this time frame will be guaranteed a spot on camp, so please do not rush to fill out the lengthy application form; all of the details are important to us.

If you fail to register during this 10 hour window, you will have to register with the Non-Portsea Nippers and your place on Cadet Camp will not be guaranteed.

Please have the following information ready to fill out the application form:

  • Medicare number

  • Date of last tetanus injection

  • Information on any medications/allergies

  • Family doctor contact details

  • Credit card for payment


Registration dates:

  • Open – 9.00AM Wednesday 11th September 2019
  • Close – When full

The application form for Non-Portsea Nippers is simply a registration of contact details. Your registration will be recorded as soon as you press the submit button.

After we have confirmed the registrations, successful candidates will be notified and you will then be sent the full registration form to collect extra details and payment.

For your information, if you lodge your application before this time, (ie. During the previous Nipper graduates priority period) your application will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list.

We look forward to having you on Portsea Cadet Camp 2020!

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