Pad­dle board­ers have awe­some time on wa­ter

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

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.

Pic­ture: Pe­ter de Krui­jff

The first class of young pad­dle board surfers in the Dampier Sur­fGroms pro­gram.

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