Mangaluru, May 22, 2017: The Mangalore Surf Club held ’Surf Life Saving (SLS)/Nippers program’ May 21 forenoon, atTannirbavi beach. As many as 40 kids, 10 volunteer parents from Mangaluru, Putturand so on are reported to have taken part. Surf Life Saving training is held in beaches across the globe make aware local public and children about the hazards of the sea and also trains them to swim in the ocean to rescue the victims.
Surf Life Saving Clubs are formed in great numbers in amny parts of the world. India is yet to have its first Surf Life Saving Club. Mangalore Surf Club aims to be the first Surf Life Saving Club in India affiliated to International Life Saving Society through Rashtreya Life Saving Society and support from Coogee Minows Club from Sydney, NSW Australia.
Surf Life Saving/ Nippers is about learning new skills, gaining confidence and having fun in a safe beach environment. For Nippers, the beach is the classroom. They gain confidence by passing the ’tests’ of swimming, board paddling, beach sprinting, duck-diving on to an incoming wave, spotting a rip, having fun with new friends and discovering things about themselves.
The skills gained at SLS/Nippers will stick to the soul like sand from the beach and be carried for life. Nippers is a junior activities program that introduces children aged 7 to 18 to surf lifesaving. It is a fun outdoors activity that develops a child’s confidence, teaches valuable life skills and safety knowledge. Most surf life saving clubs offer a Nippers program, even though the size and style of the activity may vary from club to club.
The youth of today are the future of Surf Life Saving and the Nippers pathway teaches lessons and skills which allow young people to continue in lifesaving and sport as they grow older. But it’s not all hard work. We like to call it serious fun! Nippers is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment.
Surf Life Saving and Beach Life guarding training exercise have been carried out by Partha Varanashi, Niroop GR and team in the past at Karwar, Murudeshwar, Malpe, Mangalore and schools located near Kodi Bengre. Mangalore Surf Club is engaged in training of Surf Skills to any and all interested in the sport of Surfing, surf life saving, first aid workshops. Surf life saving nippers in association with RLSS (I). This event is funded by Mangalore Surf Club. Those parents interested in enrolling their kids can dial 8861031413for the next workshop.