Nipper Coaches

Our Coolum Nipper Coaching Team

Coolum Beach SLSC Nippers amazing coaches help build nippers skills and mental strength through a huge range of training activities on the beach, in the ocean, and in the pool.

Ocean Coaches

Rhys Burrows

Ocean Coach - Rhys Burrows

Board and ocean swim coach. Rhys is a highly skilled surf lifesaving athlete. He is a full-time lifeguard at Marcoola, responsible for R&D at Crossbow Paddleboards, and an Ocean6 athlete.

Ben Campbell

Ocean Coach - Ben Campbell

Board and ocean swim coach. Ben is a Bronze Medallion holder, patrolling member, operation support and IRB competitor. He holds a number of awards and is a friendly face behind the bar upstairs in the restaurant.

Beach Coach

Chris Atkinson

Beach Coach - Chris Atkinson

Coach for beach flags, sprints, and fitness training (run club). Chris is a super volunteer. He is a silver medallion holder, patrolling member, operation support (jet-ski) and masters competitor. Chris has been heavily involved in Coolum Nippers for nearly 10 years.

Swim Coach

Karen Lyon

Swim Coach - Karen Lyon

Pool swimming coach. Karen is a highly experienced swim coach. She coaches pool sessions with a focus on open ocean techniques and endurance training.

Find out more about Coolum Nipper training sessions here - Nipper Training

Please check our Junior Lifesavers Coolum Beach Team App for updates, location changes, and last minute or scheduled cancellations.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their continual support.

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Gold Sponsors

  • Bendigo Bank
  • Billabong Pool Servicing and Supply
  • BRD Group
  • Coolum Beach Real Estate
  • Coolum Caprice
  • Ken Mills
  • Rip Curl Coolum
  • The Shop Coolum

Silver Sponsors

  • Coolum News
  • Flight Centre Coolum
  • Great Northern
  • MGI Audit
  • Mitre 10
  • National Storage
  • Peregian Golf Course

Bronze Sponsors

  • Air-Rite
  • Coolum Bowls Club
  • Greenhalgh Pickard

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