One of the young Inverloch SLSC Nippers gets some help with rescue board technique from one of the club’s Water Safety Group memners.

It takes a big team of experienced club members to run Inverloch SLSC’s annual Nippers’ program

The Inverloch SLSC Nippers learn all sorts of things, not only how to be safe in the surf, but also team work, respect, good communication skills and all of the rest.

THE Inverloch Surf Beach has been abuzz with 200 happy, smiling faces of children aged 6 to 13 years as they enjoyed the Nipper program that has run over nine sessions.
The popular program was fortunate to see some great weather conditions and variable wave conditions each day.
The final session saw the Venus Bay Nippers travel to Inverloch to allow the age groups to compete in some friendly competition.
Junior Club Captain, David Morris has been delighted with the success of the program this year.
“I loved seeing the kids progress, becoming more confident and experienced in the water,” he said.
“Lessons taught over the sessions by Age Managers include being able to read the different beach and wave conditions, board paddling, beach games including the popular beach flags, basic first aid and CPR for the older age groups.
“The water safety group are essential to the smooth running of the program encouraging the children and ensuring they give them a helping hand when required.
“Many of the water safety group have come through the Nipper program and are now active volunteer patrolling members of the club holding either their Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion qualification.”