KEEN BEANS: A bit of wet weather can’t dampen the spirits of these Coolum nippers.
KEEN BEANS: A bit of wet weather can’t dampen the spirits of these Coolum nippers. Mike Garry

Little nippers hit the beach

IT IS almost that time of year again when children happily shun television, computers and game consoles every Sunday for old-fashioned beach fun.

Yes, nipper season is just around the corner.

Coolum Surf Life Saving Club will host an information and sign-on day for all new nippers on Sunday from 1-4pm in readiness for the start of the season next month.

New nippers president Jarrod Sweetman said joining nippers provided a terrific opportunity for community involvement for both children and adults.

"Nippers is all about getting the kids involved in learning new skills so they can enjoy the beach in a safe environment," Mr Sweetman said.

"These are abilities that they will keep for the rest of their lives.

"Not only are the nippers learning valuable beach and ocean safety awareness skills and getting a chance to be active, lifelong friendships are formed during the season."

Mr Sweetman said many nippers went on to become volunteering patrol members and competed at local, state and national surf lifesaving competitions.

Nipper parent Lisa von Germeten said the nippers of today were the future of surf lifesaving.

"Surf Life Saving Australia has close to 140,000 members and around 40,000 are nippers," she said.

"To be a part of that larger organisation is something special for our local children.

"The Coolum Nipper Club is a great club to join, as we are neither too big nor too small."

Nipper season begins on September 28 and continues every Sunday from 8-11am until the end of March. To participate in nippers, children must be seven years old on September 30.

For more information, visit www.coolumsurfclub. com.au/surfclub or phone 5446 1148.


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