Sydney Wet'n'wild Nippers Club

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [1.20 p.m.]: The Sydney Wet'n'Wild Nippers Club in Western Sydney finished its third season last Sunday with a fun-filled carnival. I thank Sydney Wet'n'Wild Nippers Club, the age managers and nippers who made this season so successful. The club, which was the first of its kind in Australia, was set up to give kids in Western Sydney a genuine "nippers" experience, teaching them vital surf safety skills and education in a fun, supervised environment. The program is open to children aged between five years and 12 years. The nippers program is about having fun while learning to stay safe at the beach. Children participate in a wide range of games, sports and educational activities that are designed to slowly build confidence in and around the water.

The education component of the program includes beach safety, sun safety and the role of lifesavers, while physical activities include wading, board paddling and beach games. Older nippers are also introduced to some basic principles of surf safety such as general rescue techniques and first aid—vital skills they can use throughout their lives. This is an important program for Western Sydney. A significant number of drownings on the coast involve people from Western Sydney so it is important to have nippers in Prospect. Whether our children go in the surf or in swimming pools around the western suburbs, it is important that they are able to swim well and that they are also able to help other children if they get into difficulty. I thank Surf Life Saving New South Wales and Wet'n'Wild for supporting our community.

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