Wet’n’Wild Nippers Club Get Ready For Second Season

Wet’n’Wild Sydney and Surf Life Saving NSW are set for another successful year as the Wet’n’Wild Sydney Nippers Club starts up again this weekend.

Following on from the success and positive community response of its debut season, the Wet’n’Wild Sydney Nippers club is continuing its efforts with 250 children set to participate in the program from 18th January 2015 to 29th March 2015.

Nippers is a fun way to learn about beach and water safety, which is vital in Western Sydney, as the population is over-represented in coastal drowning statistics.

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 another Nippers season at Wet’n’Wild Sydney. This is 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. Kids will learn by participating in games, sports and educational activities, to slowly build confidence in and around the water.”

Along with the increase in numbers and the expansion of age groups to Under6s and Under12s at the club, there is still an astonishing 125 kids on the waiting list to join the action at Wet’n’Wild Sydney Nippers club.

Surf Life Saving NSW Member Services Manager, Kate Higginbotham believes the program has been enhanced this season by the interest parents have shown in being an active part of the program, signing up to fill the position of Age Managers – a role which sees them delivering surf education within their own community.

“When we established the Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney Nippers program in partnership with Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney it was our intention that it would one day become a truly local initiative. This year we are another step closer to that goal,” she said.

“We have had 30 of our Nipper parents put up their hand to volunteer as Age Managers this season. Prior to the start of the season they completed their Age Manager course which taught them about their role, how to create a safe environment, growth and development, how children learn, teaching techniques and an overview of the Surf Life Saving Junior Development program.”

Along with growing numbers, the club had a bunch of nippers last year move onto join coastal surf life saving clubs which is another upside to the local community initiative.

“It was amazing to see that a number of nippers from the first season have gone on to further their Surf Life Saving involvement. These children are now on their way towards one day hopefully becoming active patrolling members,” Higginbotham said.

The popular Ripper Nipper program catering for children with disabilities and additional needs will once again be an important aspect of the upcoming season. Ripper Nippers enjoy the same fun weekly activities as their peers with additional assistance and support provided by an experienced and caring team.

“The assistance provided by Surf Life Saving Clubs is another important aspect of the Sydney Wet ‘n’ Wild Nippers program. These volunteers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program, particularly through the provision of vital water safety,” Higginbotham said.

“The tremendous support of over 350 lifesavers from 25 Clubs in performing water safety at Wet’n’Wild throughout the 11 week season is appreciated by all the Nippers and their families,” Higginbotham said.

The nippers program will take place every Sunday morning (starting this weekend) from 8am till 9:30am except for the Australia Day weekend.

Fri 16 Jan 2015