What is Starfish Nippers?
Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club is very proud to have created and implemented the first Starfish Nippers in Victoria; a modified nipper program for children and young adults with a disability which is run with our traditional program. Our Starfish Nippers program caters for children and young adults ranging from 6 years and above with a disability - including autism, attention deficit disorder, Down’s syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, physical and intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties. We believe everyone deserves access to Nippers. Scroll down to watch our video.
What activities do you do?
Activities for Starfish Nippers include traditional beach games and activities, beach running, beach flags, swimming, board skills, water familiarisation, beach, water and surf safety. We have an instructor for every nipper, a ratio of 1 nipper per trainer for beach activities and in some cases 2 trainers in the water activities depending on the nipper’s ability. This ensures the program can be specially tailored to meet individual needs and skill levels in and out of the water, we offer positive instruction and encouragement along the way. However, we do have a policy which stipulates that a parent or carer must be on the beach at all times while the session is being run. The sessions are conducted on the same days and beginning at the same time as our existing nipper program, with a total of ten sessions running from 9.30am till 11am each nipper day during the summer school holidays.
Starfish Nippers must be members of Anglesea SLSC to register and participate. In line with our club membership fees, the cost for the program is dependent on the age of the participant, a discounted membership applies with a health care card or if the cost is an issue please contact Janet Jones as we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out because of finance.
Please note that ALL Nipper Parents and Starfish Participants over 18 years are required to hold a Working With Children Check. See the Membership Information page for details. You can register for the program by completing the Starfish Nipper Registration Form once registrations open (1 October).
Find out more
Please visit the Starfish Nipper website for a greater understanding of our Starfish Nippers program at Anglesea and to see all the other clubs around Victoria have started Starfish nippers at their club. You can also view our video below.
If you are interested in finding out more about the program, signing up or becoming a trainer for Starfish Nippers at Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club, please contact Janet Jones on 0408 944 424 or via email Janet Jones or contact Jennie at the club office on (03) 5263 1107.
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