With summer just around the corner, thousands of youngsters from across the Gold Coast are gearing up to hit the surf and sand again when SLSQ’s nipper season kicks off in September.
Preparing for a bumper season ahead, local clubs will begin taking enrolments from late August onwards, while all Gold Coast clubs from Southport to Burleigh Heads will be holding an official sign-on day on Sunday, 28 August.
Last season alone there were 4,710 nippers on the Gold Coast, up from 4,554 the year before, and SLSQ Gold Coast regional manager Lachlan Sherrington said clubs were hoping for even stronger numbers this summer.
“If you’ve ever thought about getting your child involved in nippers, now is a great opportunity to have a chat to your local club and see how you can get involved this summer,” Mr Sherrington said.
“It’s the perfect way for youngsters to get active, meet new friends and have fun on our beaches over summer, all in a safe and relaxed environment,” he said.
While the nippers’ program is largely about enjoying Queensland’s beautiful beaches, Mr Sherrington said there was also an important safety component to it as well.
“There aren’t many youth activities or sports in the world where you come out of it at the end of the day with life-long and potentially lifesaving skills,” he said.
“Whether it’s learning how to read the surf or how to perform a rescue in the water, the awareness and knowledge that’s taught can help protect nippers at the beach and in the water for many years to come.
“There are countless examples of youngsters who have come through nippers and used the skills they’ve learnt along the way to help a family member in trouble, or rescue a friend from the surf,” he said.
Mr Sherrington said there were also plenty of opportunities for parents and families to join surf lifesaving as well.
“Absolutely anyone can get involved in surf lifesaving, regardless of age, gender or location. We always love to see new patrolling members, but there are plenty of other things you can do if you’re not confident in the water or simply don’t want to get your feet wet,” he said.
For further information about signing your child up for nippers, contact your local surf life saving club or visit lifesaving.com.au/getinvolved.