Club hopes to grow its nip­pers pro­gram

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Pil­bara’s first surf life­sav­ing club has been bol­stered with new equip­ment and a busy trial day ahead of its sec­ond sea­son in the water start­ing next year.

About 40 ju­niors from ages five-12 at­tended Port Wal­cott Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s Have a Try Day at Boat Beach near Wick­ham at the week­end — a sig­nif­i­cantly higher turnout than at last sea­son’s first trial meet.

The club has re­ceived new boards and an all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle dur­ing the off-sea­son, the lat­ter of which was put to use as Santa Claus’ mode of trans­port as he dropped in on the chil­dren at the beach.

Club pres­i­dent Ben Un­be­haun said the main fo­cus this year would be get­ting more par­ents and older sib­lings in­volved to help boost the nip­pers pro­gram.

“We want the nip­per par­tic­i­pa­tion to grow but we can only be as big as the num­ber of par­ent helpers we can get be­cause there are set ra­tios for water safety as­pects,” he said. “There are a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for par­ents to get in the water and help. You don’t need to be a su­per­star to do it.

“If you are con­fi­dent in the water from an un­der-six nip­per pro­gram then you are go­ing to carry that through wher­ever you go in life.”

Mr Un­be­haun said it was pleas­ing to see many new faces at the first meet.

The 2017 sea­son be­gins on Fe­bru­ary 5 and meets will al­ter­nate be­tween Port Wal­cott, Dampier and Point Sam­son. The sea­son will end with the Broome Sun­set Car­ni­val from July 7-9.

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