Nippers sign on
IF YOU want to get involved in a sport that will keep you fit and on top of your game and enable you to help others then get along to the Nippers sign-on this Sunday at the Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club.
Junior activities chairman Brian Markham said it doesn’t matter whether you are five or 105 years old, you are welcome to come along and sign-up.
“Last year we had 120 people sign on which was just fabulous,” Mr Markham said.
“We would love it if we can get that number again signing up on Sunday.”
He said joining Nippers was a great way for kids to make new friends.
“And they are involved in a team activity which helps them to rely on one another and most importantly to support each other,” he said.
“And if they can get mum and dad involved, so much the better.
“But for the kids they get to learn first aid, rescues, ride a board, run in the sand and of course increase their swimming skills.”
For parents who can help out, there are plenty of opportunities to use their existing skills or learn some new ones through a number of structured courses the club offers.
Before any new Nippers are inducted into the club they must meet certain safety criteria and be able to swim and show a level of fitness.
“As well as training with the club, the budding Nippers also need to train at a swimming pool so as they can do laps and build up their physical and aerobic strength,” Markham said.
“The advantage of the pool is that it also provides a safe environment while training.”
Unlike most other clubs in Queensland, the Port Douglas club trains throughout the winter from June until the end of October to avoid the stinger season.
The Nippers sign-on is on Sunday, from 10am until noon, at the Port Douglas Lifesaving Club on the Esplanade.
Ready to go: Finn Devine-cameron, Mitchell Knight, Connor Mcneil, Sophie Knight, Mia Devine-cameron and Eliza Markham