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 program and the entire event was run by Surf Life Saving Tasmania Volunteers from local surf life saving clubs.
- 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
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