Following the success and positive community response of its debut season, Surf Life Saving NSW and Wet’n’Wild Sydney have committed to an expanded program for the Wet’n’Wild Sydney Nippers Club for another season.
The club which was the first of its kind in Australia, was set up to give kids in Western Sydney (Australia’s leading coastal drowning blackspot) a genuine nippers experience teaching them vital surf safety skills and education in a fun, supervised environment.
After a successful debut season that saw 300 children participate in the program, the next season will see an expanded nippers program with 500 children split into two 11 week seasons running before and after Christmas.
The popular Ripper Nipper program catering for children with disabilities and additional needs will once again be an important aspect of the upcoming seasons. Ripper Nippers enjoy the same fun weekly activities as their peers with additional assistance and support provided by an experienced and caring team.
In order to ensure the nippers program continues to improve and expand, Surf Life Saving NSW will be recruiting a Nippers Coordinator to oversee the delivery and planning for the upcoming seasons.
Just like coastal nippers clubs, volunteer assistance is a key component of the upcoming Wet’n’Wild nippers season.
Surf Life Saving NSW Member Services Manager, Kate Higginbotham, says that there has been a strong interest from parents looking to get involved in volunteering for the club.
“This season we will be running U6 to U12 age groups, meaning that we need all hands on deck to help make this another successful season. Our Nipper parents are an invaluable resource in making this happen, and we look forward to their involvement as Age Managers this year”.
The assistance provided by Surf Life Saving NSW 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.
Last season surf lifesavers from 18 different NSW surf clubs volunteered for the nippers program and this year SLSNSW is hoping to expand that even further. “We are so excited to see how much we can grow and improve the Sydney Wet’n’Wild Nippers club over the season.
“Without the support and assistance from Wet’n’Wild Sydney, none of this would be possible and we once again thank them for allowing us to run this innovative program,” said Kate Higginbotham.
Wet’n’Wild Sydney General Manager, Dianne Rigg says after a successful inaugural season, Wet’n’Wild Sydney is looking forward to continuing the partnership.
“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”.
Season A of the 2014/15 Sydney Wet’n’Wild Nippers season is set to kick off on the 21st September.
For more information please visit http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/get-involved/nippers/wetnwild-sydney-nippers-club
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