Ground-breaking nippers program comes to Bundaberg

Children with disabilities will soon be able to learn vital surf safety skills, thanks to an innovative program being rolled out by local lifesavers for the first time in Bundaberg this March.

Surf Life Saving’s ground-breaking and award-winning Seahorse Nippers program provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to have fun in the surf and learn vital water safety skills, all while under the supervision of qualified surf lifesavers.

Throughout the program, the youngsters will participate in a wide range of activities and games, encompassing water skills and lifesaving techniques, all designed to slowly build their confidence in and around the water while teaching them how to stay safe at the beach.

SLSQ lifesaving services coordinator Julie Davis said the program was a great way to ensure that all children had the opportunity to learn skills in the surf and participate in the iconic nippers program.

“The Seahorse Nippers program has been successfully run on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts in the past, and it’s great to see local clubs now bringing it to Bundaberg as well,” she said.

“For us, it’s a wonderful opportunity to make sure that all children, including those who might have conditions such as Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy or autism, have the opportunity to participate in nippers.

“The program’s all about getting out there and having fun, enjoying our beautiful coast, and learning some water safety skills along the way, all under the guide and supervision of trained lifesavers,” she said.

The program has been made possible thanks to funding grants from the Bundaberg Regional Council and the Gladstone Ports Corporation.

The Seahorse Nippers programs will be run at Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) on 18 March, at Moore Park SLSC on 25 March, and at Bundaberg SLSC on 1 April.

To enrol your child, or for further information, please email seahorsenipperswbc@gmail.com.

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