SLSNSW Welcomes New Nippers Club

Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) has officially welcomed a new nippers club with the announcement of the Bawley Point Kioloa Community Nippers Club on the state’s south coast.

SLSNSW President, Tony Haven, welcomed the club into the surf lifesaving network at the Kioloa Rural Fire Service Station on Thursday 31 July.

The formation of the club follows strong community groundswell for the creation of a new nippers club at Kioloa Beach separate to any other existing surf clubs in the region.

SLSNSW Member Services Manager, Kate Higginbotham, explained that a new nippers club brings the opportunity to teach surf safety to a whole new generation of kids.

“It’s exciting that with the creation of this new nippers club we will be able to ensure that as many young kids as possible will get the opportunity to learn vital surf safety and begin to experience the ocean in a safe and enjoyable environment.

“With the closest surf clubs up to 30 minutes away, families who may have been interested in joining a surf club in the past were often unable to because of the distance and this new local club should really help cater to local needs,” said Mrs Higginbotham.

Local mum and club spokeswoman, Nina Rogan, expects interest to build further throughout the community now that the club has officially been recognised by Surf Life Saving NSW.

“We’ve had close to 60 kids already registering their interest with us and I expect we may get up to 80 kids once the season starts in October. This will all depend on how many adult volunteers we can get trained up and qualified to run water safety, so I would ask any interested parents to come forward and get involved,” said Mrs Rogan.

The “Stingrays” as the club will be known will be based at Kioloa Beach following a decision from local lifesavers.

“It is the most appropriate and safest beach in the area so it was a natural decision to base the club from there,” explained Mrs Rogan.

Nina Rogan and Tony Haven

Thu 31 Jul 2014