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THE largest number of young Nippers ever
seen at the Cape Paterson Lifesaving Club will
be hitting the waves this summer.
More than 180 Nippers, aged between five
and 14 years old, are training with the lifesav-
ing club at Cape Paterson’s surf beaches.
Club president Dean Manns said this year’s
large intake is an impressive jump from previ-
“This is the biggest group that we’ve had so
far,” Dean said.
“The last two seasons we kept growing in size,
from 148 in 2016 to more than 180 this year.
“It’s just exploded, both in our Nippers pro -
gram and in our Bronze camp. We’ve actually
had to cap the numbers for the Bronze camp,
The Nippers program, run as part of the
training program from Surf Lifesaving Victoria,
is designed for children to make friends, be ac-
tive, and enjoy the beach in a safe environment,
while also learning water safety skills.
From the age of five, Nippers taking part
in the program have access to lifesaving pro -
grams, which aim to develop their skills in life-
saving and everyday life.
“Nippers training is different for each age
group, but there are a lot of games on the
beach,” Dean said.
“As you get older, the games get more aimed
at learning safety skills. It starts being less of a
game and more practicing skills that would be
used as a lifesaver. There’s a lot of training, but
heaps of fun, too.”
For the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club,
Nippers play an important role in the growth
and development of the club.
The club has also been working hard to be
inclusive of all families, teaming up with several
foster agencies across the region to encourage
foster kids to become involved in the club.
“It’s fantastic for the club,” Dean said.
“We’ve worked really hard to create a family
culture around the club, really involving the
whole club and over the past 10 years it’s been
building to this.
“Nearly 90 per cent of our Bronze level volun-
teers have been through the club as Nippers, so
they’re staying in the club and continuing on in
“Now we’re bursting at the seams, and really
need that new clubhouse!”
More than 180 children aged between five and 14 years old have signed up to the Nippers program at Cape Paterson. ms060117
The Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club is bursting at the seams, with the largest ever
Nippers group undertaking training this summer. ms050117
Record number of Nippers
Inverloch Nippers underway
The next batch
of life savers
THE Wonthaggi Life Saving Club’s Nippers
are in the middle of their two and a half week
training program which is running most week-
day mornings from 10 until noon until Friday,
The protected Bay Beach at Cape Paterson is
the perfect place for the youngsters to learn the
basics and have some fun while they’re at it.
It’s the busiest time of the year for the club’s
volunteers who are not only assisting with Nip-
pers, but also patrolling the beach, preparing
for this Saturday’s High Tea in the hall, and
hosting a bronze camp from January 8 to 13.
Then there’s the big Cape Family Festival on
Saturday, January 21 which is a must for locals
RIGHT: Wonthaggi Life Saving Club vol-
unteers including Malcolm Hyde and Dan
Freeman with this year’s batch of Nippers.
THE Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club’s Nipper pro-
gram began last Tuesday with 197 Nippers enrolled in
the Under 7 to Under 14 year age groups.
The skies were blue and although the waves were
small they were perfect conditions for the Nippers to
get associated once again with the beach.
Lessons taught over the two week program include
water confidence with swimming, being able to read
the different beach and wave conditions, board pad-
dling, beach games and basic first aid including CPR.
The program is led by age managers and supported
with volunteer water safety members, many of whom
have come up through the Nipper ranks themselves.
The club would like to remind any confident swim-
ming adults of the upcoming Adult Bronze Course
running January 7, 8, 14 and 15.
Enquiries to Maxine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Buddies reunited at Inverloch’s Nippers program.
The Nippers venture out on their boards.
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