Starfish Nippers Australia, is a life saving skills program designed for children and young adults with a disability 6 years and older. The program aims to give young people with disabilities beach safety and water awareness skills.
Originally started by volunteers at Anglesea SLSC, the Starfish Nipper program is now being run at lifesaving clubs around Australia. The program caters for students with numerous disabilities including Autism, Asperger’s and Down Syndrome.
Run entirely by volunteers at a number of Life Saving Clubs around Australia, the program ensures that students with disabilities and their parents can be involved with surf skills and lifesaving like their siblings, friends and others on the beach.
Tasmania ran the first Starfish Nippers program in January 2018 and it was an absolute success. Fifteen children successfully completed the two-day program and the entire event was run by Surf Life Saving Tasmania Volunteers from local surf life saving clubs.
Starfish Nippers is set to be run again in the near future! Please register yours child's interest by contacting Leanne Johannesen (Training & Community Programs Manager) by email or call the office on 6216 7800.
- Testimonials from our Inaugural Starfish Nippers Program -
" Thank you so much to the club members for holding this special day for the kids, it means so much to be able to attend a session like this without having the stress, worry or judgement and without having to explain to other people what my child's issues are. My child had a fantastic time at nippers and looks forward to getting involved next time" - Participant's mother from the SLST program
" What a fabulous program. The SLS buddy was amazing with my child! She was so patient and nothing was too much trouble, even when my child didn’t want to join the structured activities and wanted to play with the parachute she said that was fine and stayed with my child. . The venue was spot on for parking, accessibility and also having the beach wheelchair. We would definitely love to join in if the program is run again” - Participant's mother from the SLST program
" Wonderful job by all volunteers and a credit to the clubs they are a part of. Fantastic opportunity for community participation and confidence!" - Participant's Carer from the SLST program
People who have trouble getting around on sand, or accessing the water, will now have the chance to enjoy a beach side visit with the trial of a Beach Wheelchair this summer.
The City of Hobart has teamed up with Surf Life Saving Tasmania to offer the free chair at Long Beach, Sandy Bay, Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 4:30pm, until Monday 5th February 2018.
Beach wheelchairs are available for use from various locations around the State, including the North West and North East Coasts.
For more information or to hire the Beach Wheelchair please contact SLST Office on: (03) 6216 7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Among the many services provided to the Tasmanian community, SLST provides international support through training, advice and assistance.
Over the past several years SLST has delivered training and programs in;
- South Africa
TRAINING TO SAVE LIVES AND MAKE SAMOA SAFER
23 May, 2017. Samoa – A safer water experience for all is the goal behind the Surf Life Saving (SLS) training currently underway for accommodation providers and tourist sites throughout the country.
The training is being carried out by the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) with technical expertise from two certified Australian Surf Lifesaving trainers, here through the Australian Youth Ambassador programme.
The programme is in its fifth year and the Surf Life Saving Techniques include Basic First Aid, CPR and Water Rescue training. It’s designed to upskill industry members in Upolu and Savaii and this year will also be offering a refresher course for staff that completed SLS courses in previous years.
There will be 5 different groups training at five different locations and doing the one week programme.
The first training was carried out at Lalomanu in the beginning of this month for the eastern side of Upolu, where 18 candidates attended from the accommodation providers and tourist sites on that side of Upolu Island.
Participants each received a certificate at the completion of the course with representatives from Vaitaia Beach Fales, Manusina Beach Fales, Sieni Ropeti Beach Fales, Taufua Beach Fales, Malo Beach Fales, Laloifi Oceanview Beach Fales, Anita’s Beach Bungalows, Sopoaga Waterfalls, Seabreeze Resort, and Saletoga Sands Resort.
The Surf Lifesaving programme came about in response to the 2009 tsunami. In May 2010 the Government of Samoa and the Government of Australia commenced a program known as the Volunteer Emergency Response Team – Water Safety Programme (VERTWSP). The volunteers involved with VERT-WSP were trained in Bronze Medallion Courses.
To strengthen this capacity, AusAID approved a three year program, where two Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYADs) would be mobilized each year from 2011 to 2013 and hosted by the Samoa Tourism Authority to deliver training programs to tourist resort staff and local residents.
To ensure the sustainability of the SLS Program in Samoa, STA committed in recruiting volunteers so that trainings can be continued for the future.
The next dates for trainings this year are listed below.
- 22nd-24th May Siumu/Falealili – Surf Survival, First Aid & CPR 5th-6th June
- Manase – Surf Survival, First Aid & CPR 7th-8th June Asau – Surf Survival, First Aid & CPR 14th-16th June Apia – Surf Survival, First Aid &
- CPR 22nd June STA Refresher Course – Basic First Aid & CPR 26th June NUS Tourism – Basic First Aid & CPR.
Source: Samoa Tourism Authority,
By Staff Reporter, Samoa Planet