Nippers for Special Needs

Ripper Nippers

North Steyne SLSC introduced a Special Needs Nippers program for children from U6 – U13 to encompass the broader community and engage with Community and Business Partners to foster this initiative with our Club. The program is open to children who have mild intellectual or physical disabilities that can physically access the beach.

The modified program runs straight after our normal nippers program from 11.00am to approx. 12.30pm on a Sunday to…
• Provide promote and teach sun/ surf safety and surf awareness skills.
• Provide Surf Lifesaving based activities for children with intellectual and physical disabilities.
• Access to a leisure activity that may not have been previously available.
• Facilitate integration within the Surf Club community with these children, their families and carers.

The goal is to have a fun learning experience, to recognise a lifesaver and feel comfortable to seek help, increase awareness of swimming between the flags, improve gross motor skills and confidence in negotiating the sand and wave zones. This is all about having fun in a safe environment, learning new social skills and integrating with the broader community outside of their existing circle of friends, family and carers.
The program is run with a high level of volunteer help within the Club who act as facilitators, provide water safety and are mentors/ buddies for the participants. For some, there may be the opportunity to pursue integration into the main Nippers program.

Currently, the cost of the program and the NSSLSC uniform is met by the generous grants from those organisations listed below and the many wonderful volunteers at the North Steyne SLSC.
• JN Kirby Foundation
• Lendlease Foundation
• Lions Club of Manly

Attached is a sample of the weekly program for information. The season Commences each year in October and finishes in the following March with registrations at the Club in early September. For more information contact marketing@northsteyneslsc.com.au or David Cowell on 0401 147 556.

See you on the beach!

Program Outline

Program Week 1

Duration: 60 + minutes
Learning Outcome: Orientation & introduction
Content: Complete Registration and clothing
Club building and equipment
Flags and signs/ safest area to swim
Introduce to Lifeguards and encourage questions
Lesson Format: Sun Protection check
Talk about the flagged/ safest place to swim
Basic safety on the beac
Activity: Stretches & Warm-up exercises
Queenscliff Pool with Boards
Reinforcement: At the completion of the session reinforce
Beach signs and flags theme by asking questions of the group

Program Week 2

Duration: 60 + minutes
Learning Outcome: Beach signs and flags
Content: Purpose of flags and signs
Safest area to swim
Introduce to Lifeguards and encourage questions
Lesson Format: Sun Protection check
Talk about the flagged/ safest place to swim
Basic safety on the beach
Flash cards of beach signs
Activity: Stretches & Warm-up exercises
Run on the beach
Poison Ball & Beach Events incl. buckets, flags and wade
Torpedo boards if conditions allow
Reinforcement: At the completion of the session reinforce
Beach signs and flags theme by questions of the group

Program Week 3

Duration: 60+ minutes
Learning Outcome: Surf Awareness (waves and rips)
Content: Identification of a rip
Why this is not a good place to swim
Basic safety in the surf
What to do if you are caught in a rip
Lesson Format: Sun Protection check
Walk up the beach to find rips
Show the difference in the wave patterns
Identify the safest place to swim
Activity: Stretches & Warm-up activity
Run on the beach
Poison Ball & Beach Events incl. buckets, flags and wade
Torpedo boards if conditions allow
Reinforcement: At the completion of the session reinforce the surf awareness theme by asking questions of the group.

Program Week 4

Duration: 60+ minutes
Learning Outcome: Role of the Lifeguard
Content: Role of the lifeguard at the beach
Lesson Format: Sun Protection Check
Introduce the lifeguards
Encourage participants to ask questions
Lifeguards to demonstrate some of their
equipment
Activity: Stretches & Warm-up exercises
Run on the beach/ Beach Flags
Torpedo boards if conditions allow
Reinforcement: At the completion of the session reinforce
the theme by asking questions about the Lifeguards

Program Week 5

Duration: 60+ minutes
Learning Outcome: Importance of Sun Protection at the beach
Content: How the sun damages our skin
How we can protect our skin
What times of the day we are most at risk of sunburn
Why sun protection is important all year round
Lesson Format: Sun Protection check
Slip,slop,slap.wrap
Activity: Stretches & Warm-up exercises
Run on the beach
Tug-of-war
Poison Ball & Beach Events incl. Buckets, flags and wade
Torpedo boards if conditions allow
Reinforcement: At the completion of the session reinforce the importance of sunscreen on a day to day basis

Program Week 6

Duration: 60 + minutes
Learning Outcome: Surf Safety
Content: 10 Tips for Surf Safety
Lesson Format: Sun Protection check
Introduction to the 10 tips for surf safety
Activity: Stretches & Warm-up activity
Sprints & Relay races
Wades & Torpedo boards if conditions allow
Reinforcement: Reinforce the surf safety theme by question & answer session.

Program Week 7

Duration: 60+ minutes
Learning Outcome: Surf Awareness (waves and rips)
Content: Identification of a rip
Why this is not a good place to swim
Basic safety in the surf
What to do if you are caught in a rip
Lesson Format: Sun Protection check
Walk up the beach to find rips
Show the difference in the wave patterns
Identify the safest place to swim
Activity: Stretches & Warm-up activity
Run on the beach
Poison Ball & Beach Events incl. buckets, flags and wade
Torpedo boards if conditions allow
Reinforcement: At the completion of the session reinforce the surf awareness theme by asking questions of the group.

Program Week 8

Duration: 60 + minutes
Learning Outcome: Re-orient and review
Content: Club building and equipment
Flags and signs/ safest area to swim
Lifeguards and encourage questions
Lesson Format: Sun Protection check
Talk about the flagged/ safest place to swim
Basic safety on the beach
Activity: Stretches & Warm-up exercises
Queenscliff Pool with Boards
Reinforcement: At the completion of the session reinforce
Beach signs and flags theme by asking questions of the group