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Surf lifesaving has enjoyed 50 years here in sunny, sandy Queensland, and now is the perfect time for you to find out what it’s all about – Nippers sign-on is open now!

Nippers (officially known as Junior Activities) is the perfect first step to fall in love with surf lifesaving. It’s open to children aged five to 13 (age for a season is calculated as of midnight September 30) and is available in various styles and sizes at every surf lifesaving club in Queensland – which means wherever you move along the coast of the Sunshine State, you’ll find a surf lifesaving family to call your own.

You can find your nearest club right here.

One Gold Coast parent Stuart couldn’t be happier with his decision to involve his 8-year-old daughter in the Nippers program.

“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 says. “It’s so great to see the kids having fun on the beach each weekend while developing their lifesaving skills.”

But surf lifesaving isn’t just for your five to 13-year-olds – your whole family can get in on the fun, either in a supporting role or as a lifesaver yourself. Through your surf lifesaving club, you’ll meet new friends and have as much fun as your child does, watching their confidence, knowledge and skills skyrocket at the same time.

Not only that, but they – and you – will become part of an iconic organisation that has served Australian coastal communities for over 100 years.

So, what does the program entail? With a focus on play and participation (and, of course, fun!) Nippers offers an educational pathway by delivering a Junior Development Resource kit. The kit is specially designed to ensure your kids have fun at the beach, while also participating in lessons that help them develop into knowledgeable participants in both lifesaving and sport. It’s a win, win!

Head to the website to sign up and find out the details of the compulsory Preliminary Skills Assessment, which is designed to ensure that each child demonstrates a standard of competence in an aquatic environment.

www.lifesaving.com.au/membership/nippers

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