Starfish Nippers is a modified and structured Nippers program for young people of all abilities, designed to build confidence in beach and water safety awareness. The program demonstrates a community commitment to inclusion and diversity and will involve games and activities such as, beach flags, wading, swimming and boards. The program will be run entirely by Portsea SLSC volunteers with an awareness of the unique nature of the Starfish Nippers program.
The Starfish Nippers program is designed for young people aged between 7-15 years with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities and/or learning difficulties and can be modified to suit an individual participant’s needs ensuring everyone can be included.
The Starfish Nippers Program will run alongside the Portsea SLSC United Energy Nippers program and involves the following:
The Starfish Nippers program has been proven to have a profound and positive impact on everyone who gets involved. The benefits flow to not only our Starfish Nippers and their families, but also to our volunteers/trainers, our broader Nipper Program participants and their families and the community.
Starfish Nippers was started in 2011 by volunteers at Anglesea SLSC, it is now adopted by over 20 surf and bayside lifesaving clubs across Australia.