Wet’N’Wild Nippers Brings the Beach Within Reach

NSW’s newest Nipper club, located at Wet’n’Wild Sydney, has been a big success so far this summer, with around 300 kids enjoying learning vital water and surf safety skills.

The partnership between Surf Life Saving NSW and Wet’n’Wild aims to bring beach safety teachings to a whole new generation of kids growing up away from the beach and targets a known blackspot demographic for coastal drowning’s.

Jo Stubbs, whose son Harry is in the Under 10s group, says she is extremely impressed by the standard of instruction given by the surf lifesavers conducting the program.

“We live so far away from the beach but my son loves it so we thought it was really important for him to be beach aware and safe. The focus on things like rips, swimming between the flags and even CPR is amazing – it is such a comprehensive program, which really surprised me,” said Ms Stubbs.

Harry has enjoyed the program so much that his parents have now invested in his very own nipper board and are looking to take his passion for surf lifesaving even further.

Debbie Christmas of Chester Hill is also thrilled with the opportunities the lifesaving program has provided for her grandson Jayden, who received his Nippers pass as a Christmas present.

“The lifesaving program is brilliant. Jayden is thoroughly enjoying it, making loads of friends, learning new skills and improving his aerobic fitness. Due to the positive experience, Jayden now wants to join the lifesaving program at Dee Why SLSC and is very keen to take this passion further.

“We live on an island – everyone needs to know how to swim. Jayden is going to get better skills for the beach. Too many people go to the beach and have heard the swim between the flags message but don’t understand how to read the waves, read the surf and stay out of trouble,” said Ms Christmas.

For further information on the Sydney Wet’N’Wild Nippers program and to register your interest visit http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/get-involved/nippers/wetnwild-sydney-nippers-club.

Mon 17 Feb 2014