Etty Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s Open Day

New and existing members on the beach during Etty Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s Open Day.

SIX new Nippers and their families recently joined the Etty Bay Surf Lifesaving Club on their Open Day and hit the beach at Etty Bay for their first taste of surf lifesaving.

The weather was perfect as new and existing members took part in fun beach and water games, including relays.

Over the past two months, Etty Bay Surf Life Saving members, from Under 9s to Masters, have participated in pool rescues in Cairns and Innisfail in preparation for the start of surf carnivals this month.

Junior Activities (Nippers), now in its 53rd year, is open to children from age five up to thirteen years, although lifesaving is something in which the whole family can get involved, catering for adults up to Masters’ level.

It is a great activity to keep kids fit, healthy, and active, which assists with building self-confidence while learning vital surf safety skills in a beach environment. 

The program is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will develop them to become knowledgeable participants in lifesaving and sport.

As they progress through the various age groups, nippers will undergo lessons in wading, running, swimming, board paddling, and lifesaving skills, including working towards learning resuscitation and first aid. 

Practising these skills allows children to represent their club and compete in club, regional, and state surf lifesaving carnivals.

Nippers need to be a minimum of five years of age as of September 30.

Before the start of the Nipper season, each participant is required to complete a Preliminary Skills evaluation designed to ensure they demonstrate a standard of competence in an aquatic environment. 

This evaluation may include a pool swim and run-swim-run, where the lengths depend on the different age categories. 

Children who wish to compete will also be required to complete a competition evaluation swim in the ocean environment to ensure they are able to make the distance required during competition.

For more information on the Nippers program and how parents and their children can get involved in lifesaving, please come down to the beach on Sundays from 9.30am – 12.00pm.

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