PORTSEA Surf Life Saving Club has put 600 Nippers through their paces at the back beach and at the Point Nepean Quarantine Station.
The Nippers program, the largest of its kind in the state, introduces children aged 6-13 to lifesaving and water safety skills.
The nipper’s last week participated in water and beach activities aimed at providing them with the skills to be confident and proficient in the surf. Activities included beach sprinting, beach flags, swimming, surf wading, board paddling and surf safety theory.
“It’s wonderful to see so many youngsters learn vital surf safety lessons and develop their surf skills and awareness through the Nippers program,” Portsea club captain Jessica Lamb said.
The under-7 to 9 age group sessions were held at the Quarantine Station at Port Nepean National Park, while the under-10 to 13s completed their surf education at Portsea back beach.