Starfish Nippers caters for children and young adults aged 7-18 with Special Needs - including autism, attention deficit disorder, Down's syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, physical and intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties. We believe everyone deserves access to Nippers and the popular Point Lonsdale Nippers has been greatly enhanced by the addition of the Starfish program.
Activities for our Starfish Nippers include the traditional beach games and activities, beach running, beach flags, swimming, board skills, water familiarisation, beach, water and surf safety. We have an instructor for every Starfish Nipper, at a ratio of 1:1 for water skills, and 1:2 for beach activities. This ensures the program can be specially tailored to meet individual needs and skill levels in and out of the water, with positive instruction and encouragement along the way. However, we do stipulate that a parent or carer should be on the beach at all times while the session is being run, in case additional assistance is required.
Starfish Nippers sessions will be conducted from 9:30-11am on the same days as our existing Nippers program - see dates on our Program Details page. As shown, all Nippers are also asked to participate in the club's annual Door Knock.
If you are interested in finding out more about the program for your child, signing up or becoming a helper or instructor for Starfish Nippers at Point Lonsdale SLSC, please contact the Club Office on (03) 5258 1257 to register your interest.
The office will put you in contact with Georgia (Starfish Nippers Co-ordinator) to confirm our Starfish Nippers program is a good match for your child, please Apply for Nippers using the usual procedure, but also include a completed Starfish Medical Form with your Nippers application. The cost of the program is included in our normal club membership fees.
The program is capped at 6 participants to ensure we can maintain our extremely high standards of water safety and quality instruction - please apply quickly to avoid disappointment.