Affectionately known as our Woodside Nipper Age Groups, these programs are designed for developing aquatic safety skills, surf awareness, team leadership and communication skills. These are conducted every Sunday morning from 9.00am to 11.00am. In a stimulating, challenging and fun environment we aim to prepare these junior lifesavers for a lifetime of surf safety and fun, and guide them towards becoming fully qualified, committed, dedicated Surf Lifesavers prepared to volunteer their time to ensure we have safe enjoyable beaches.
An important part of our Sunday morning activities will be the Woodside Nippers curriculum, which is comprised of four key learning areas.
Not only are surf skills required in conquering conditions, but a knowledge of where the dangers are and how to read the surf are essential ingredients in keeping safe at the beach.
This deals with recognising potential risks that we all face when visiting the beach, and in life in general.
This learning area starts to introduce our Woodside Nippers to the role we hope they undertake as they grow and develop into future lifesavers.
Woodside Nippers learn a variety of skills to help them develop confidence and introduce them to surf life saving’s various surf sport events, such as swimming, board racing and beach flags, to name a few.
The majority of surf education will be provided on the beach, not in a classroom or formal environment (except the Surf Rescue Certificate/Resuscitation course for the older age groups). The best way to teach surf safety is through physical demonstrations, drills/exercises and visual aids (such as spotting a rip).
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