Sydney Wet’n’Wild Nippers Club
Surf Life Saving NSW is delighted to announce a fourth season of the Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild Nippers Program – a surf education program which brings the beach to the children of Western Sydney!
The club, which was the first of its kind in Australia, was set up to give kids in Western Sydney (Australia’s leading coastal drowning blackspot) a genuine nippers experience teaching them vital surf safety skills and education in a fun, supervised environment.
The program is open to children between 5 and 12 years old (Under 6 through Under 12) as at 30 September 2015.
What is the Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild Nippers Program?
Nippers is about having fun while learning to stay safe at the beach! Children participate in a wide range of games, sports and educational activities which are designed to slowly build confidence in and around the water. The education component of the program includes beach safety, sun safety, what a lifesaver is and what they do; while the physical activities include wading, board paddling and beach games. Older Nippers are also introduced to some of the basic principles of surf safety such as general rescue techniques and first aid - vital skills they can take with them for life.
2015-16 End of Season Carnival Video
Award winning Community Education Program
The 2014-15 Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild Nippers program was this year nominated for AUSTSWIM’s Community Education Program of the Year and we were absolutely delighted to be announced the winners of the award at the NSW AUSTSWIM ‘Night of Excellence’ on 21 September 2015.
2016-17 Season Dates
Sydney Wet ’n’ Wild Nippers will meet on the following Sundays at Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild between 8:00-9:30 am:
- October - 16, 23 and 30
- November - 13, 20 and 27
- December - 11
- January - 22
- February - 5, 12 and 19
- March - 19 (carnival)
Sydney Wet’n’Wild is located at 427 Reservoir Road, Sydney, NSW 2148
We are also planning an optional coastal visit on 15 January to a surf club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches to practice our new skills. The exact details are being finalised and will be communicated to all registered members.
Registrations have opened for the 2016/17 season of Sydney Wet ’n’ Wild Nippers. We do expect the program to fill; in the event that your age group is already full, please enrol all children in their correct age groups and use this form here to advise us that you have siblings who have missed out on a spot. We will do our best to accommodate your family.
As per last season, the cost of participating in the Nipper program has been separated from the cost of the Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney season pass to make the process more straight forward for our participants.
The cost for the 2016/17 season remains at $70 for registration and cap (plus fees and charges) per child. Each child will also need a Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild swimsuit (boys are $45, girls are $55) as well as a rash vest ($55). If you are a returning member, and your uniform still fits, please feel free to re-use it!
There is no cost for parents for the Nipper program. Please note however, that both Nippers and at least one parent need to purchase a Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild season pass to enable you access to the park for Nipper activities. These season passes are available through the Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney website, and all enquiries in regards to these passes should be directed to Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney.
If you are registered in the program and need to update your details or have any queries, please contact Surf Life Saving NSW on 02 9471 8000 or via email.
Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild Nippers cannot operate without the generous support of volunteers, and last season we recruited an amazing group of parent volunteers to be our Age Managers. As the backbone of the program, they had qualified SLS volunteers to assist them with water safety and in demonstrating various skills and activities.
We hope to expand the Age Manager base with more Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild Nipper parents stepping in to the Age Manager roles. Full training is provided, and our experienced Age Manager Team Leaders will be on hand to assist volunteers! To be included in this fabulous group, please email your expression of interest. Please email your expression of interest.
Surf Life Saving NSW and Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney looks forward to welcoming back last season's participants, and meeting our new families as we embark on another exciting season of Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild Nippers!