Award Winning Nippers Program Set For Third Season
The Wet’n’Wild Sydney Nippers program is back for its third season with more than 220 enthusiastic youngsters ready to tackle the wave pool this Sunday.
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 in a fun and supportive environment.
Last season’s program saw the Nippers program win the AUSTSWIM Community Education Program of the Year which is a credit to the amazing enthusiasm of the Nippers, Age Managers and staff from Surf Life Saving NSW and Wet’n’Wild Sydney.
After an induction week last weekend, the program kicks off this Sunday 6 December with both Nippers and Age Managers ready to enjoy a host of surf lifesaving activities. The 33 parent volunteers who as Age Managers had the opportunity to attend a demonstration and training session; and are supported each week by coastal volunteers to deliver surf education within their own community.
Wet’n’Wild Sydney General Manager, Dianne Rigg said Wet’n’Wild Sydney is looking forward to the continuing partnership with Surf Life Saving NSW.
“We're really excited about partnering with Surf Life Saving NSW for the third season of Nippers at Wet’n’Wild Sydney. This has been a fantastic partnership and provides a fantastic opportunity for the kids of Western Sydney to get involved and learn about the importance of water safety,” she said.
“The Wet'n'Wild Sydney Nippers Club provides a beach within reach for hundreds of kids that live away from the coastline with kids learning by participating in fun games, sports and educational activities, to slowly build confidence in and around the water.”
Surf Life Saving NSW Member Services Manager, Kate Higginbotham, says that there has been a strong interest from parents looking to get involved in volunteering for the club.
“This season we will be running Under 6 to Under 12 age groups, meaning that we need all hands on deck to help make this another successful season. Our Nipper parents are an invaluable resource in making this happen, and we look forward to their involvement as Age Managers this year,” said Kate Higginbotham.
The assistance provided by Surf Life Saving NSW surf clubs is another important aspect to the Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild Nippers program. The 21 clubs who have signed up to assist with water safety bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program.
“Without the support and assistance from Wet’n’Wild Sydney, the Age Managers and our surf lifesavers, none of this would be possible and we once again thank them for being a part of this community initiative,” said Kate Higginbotham.
The season starts this Sunday and breaks over the school holidays, returning on Sunday 31 January. The program then runs throughout February and concludes with an end of season carnival on Sunday 20 March.
There are spaces still available in the U6, U10, U11 and U12 age groups. Visit www.surflifesaving.com.au/wetnwild for more information and to register.
Fri 4 Dec 2015