Paddle boarders have awesome time on water
A teacher from Dampier has started a stand-up paddle boarding program for 8 to 12year-olds.
The group of eight young paddlers were put to the test near the Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club at the end of last month in their first session of stand-up paddle boarding through the national SurfGroms program.
The session was conducted by Jaclyn Nicholl who runs Cracker Jack Paddle Sports which started in May this year.
She said coastal Pilbara children were real water babies and already had a love of the ocean environment.
Nicholl said she got involved with SurfGroms to be able to give them the skills to work, live, and play by the sea.
The first group of children loved being out on the water trying out the paddle boards and playing games such as tugof-war.
The mini-grommets will learn basic and advanced paddle skills, ocean safety, surfrescue techniques, first aid, and marine first aid or, as Nicholl calls it, “knowing your ouchies and bities”.
SurfGroms has rolled out stand-up paddle boarding and surfing programs around the country but this is the first of its type in WA north of Geraldton.
The program is full and runs until December 5, but Nicholl said to keep eyes peeled for school holiday and 2016 programs and activities through Cracker Jack.
SurfGroms was developed by Surfing Australia, with support from the Federal Government and other commercial program partners to develop a junior development program Australia-wide.
The first class of young paddle board surfers in the Dampier SurfGroms program.