Nippers get ready for new season


Jamie Jansen

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The Nippers Pool Swim Training will focus on learning to swim, fitness, pool rescue and will get them ready for Nippers season starting in May.
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Kids between the ages of 5-15 are invited to make a splash as the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club is introducing Nippers Pool Swim Training starting from the 28th of January.

The training will focus on learning to swim, fitness, pool rescue and will get them ready for Nippers season starting in May.

Training will be on Fridays from 4 - 5pm at the Mossman Pool starting on Friday 28 January.

Irene Cats, president of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club said that they started this new initiative because there is no swim club training in Mossman at the moment.

“With the Nippers Pool Swim Training we want to prepare the kids for the ocean”, she said. “We want to make sure the kids are comfortable with their swimming skills once the nippers season starts in May.

“We have quite a few swim trainers in our club who are keen to volunteer for the pool swim teachers. Coaches will be Marine, Carie, Bridget, Kerry and myself.

“The kids will be divided into different groups depending on their age and swim skills. The younger kids will practice in the small pool while the older kids will dive into the bigger pool to practice their rescue skills.”

Ms Cats explains that the Nippers season runs from May to late October and is focussed on training future life savers.

“Every Sunday morning kids between the ages of 5 and 15 train on the beach to enhance their safety skills.

“When they’re about 13 years old they can start to get their surf life saving certificate and become life savers by getting their bronze medallion.”

With the new Nippers Pool Swim Training the PD Surf Life Saving Club hopes to get a few new members to sign up to the club.

According to Ms Cats, non-members are very welcome to join the swim training. “Not only will your child have fun and meet new friends, they will become part of an iconic organisation”, she said.

To promote the initiative, the club offers a Special Family Membership for only $50 per family instead of the normally $150. This will cover membership until the new season starts in May.

Register for all 10 pool swim training sessions over Term 1 for $50 per child. $4 pool entry per session to be paid at the pool, or discounted multi passes are available.


To register please email the club on pdslscgmailcom, and include the kid(s) name(s) and age(s). We will send you a payment link, total amount required and a reference to complete payment.



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