Junior Activities Programs
The red and yellow family of surf lifesavers is an iconic sight on Queensland beaches, and is part of an organisation that has served the Australian community for over 100 years. If you’re thinking about introducing your child to a new sport, the SLSQ Junior Activities program (commonly known as nippers) is for you!
Open to children aged five to 13 years of age, every surf life saving club in Queensland offers a nippers program.
Surf lifesaving is a remarkable activity for developing a child’s confidence, knowledge and skills in a beach environment. Not only will your child have fun and meet new friends, they will develop the ability to become a knowledgeable participant in lifesaving beach patrols as well as a wide range of surf sports.
Nippers is also a great way to get kids fit and active while learning vital surf safety skills, as demonstrated by Gold Coast parent Stuart’s decision to involve his 8-year-old daughter as a nipper.
“She is developing increased surf safety skills and confidence in the water, all the while making new friends and learning the value of mateship and teamwork. It’s also a great way for her to maintain an active healthy lifestyle,” Stuart said.
“It’s so great to see the kids having fun on the beach each weekend while developing their lifesaving skills.”
Surf lifesaving is an activity for the whole family, and there are many supporting roles that you can play as a parent of a child involved in Junior Activities.
“Nippers really is a whole family experience – parents aren’t restricted to the sidelines but can get involved in a range of support roles. One of my favourite ways to lend a hand is to help out with sporting events and fundraising barbecues,” Stuart said.
“As a parent of a child who thoroughly enjoys the nippers program, I would encourage all other parents to take advantage of our superb Queensland beaches and get your kids involved at your nearest surf lifesaving club.
“We live in a beautiful part of the world and our kids deserve the chance to get out there and experience an iconic Australian organisation and way of life.”
The kids love it too! Nicholas, who was recently named the SLSQ 2014 Breaka Under-14 Junior Lifesaver of the Year, joined the surf lifesaving movement four years ago and hasn’t looked back.
“Being involved in surf lifesaving is a really fun and exciting experience; you learn lots and meet some great friends,” Nicholas said.
“It took some hard work to get my Surf Rescue and Apply Senior First Aid certificates, but I have so many opportunities to learn. My goals in the future are to achieve my Bronze, Silver and Gold Medallions.”
For more information about how to get you and your kids involved in lifesaving, contact to your nearest surf life saving club and ask about the their individual programs. It’s a fun and exciting day with activities varying from club to club, including lifesaving demonstrations, club tours, entertainment and sausage sizzles.