Enthusiasm high as Tannum nippers head back to beach
A FOUR-week break over the holiday season meant enthusiasm was high when Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club held its first nippers club day of the year on Sunday.
Although numbers were slightly down in some of the age groups - the green caps had 15 in attendance when normally they have about 33 - those who did roll up were eager to get back into it.
Age managers Rebecca Devine and Tara Neven had plenty of activities planned, with flags, sprints, boogie boarding, dog and bone and free swim time all on the agenda.
"It's prep work for the nipper boards for next season," Rebecca said about the body boarding.
"The whole purpose of flags is teaching agility and quick response time.".
Green caps, which includes the under-6 and under-7 age groups, is skill-focused and non-competitive.
Six-year-old Ava Neven was one nipper who was thrilled to be back with her friends and having fun.
"I like playing in the water; I like jumping over the waves," she said.
Ava's ease in the water is helped by her swim lessons at Western Suburbs Swimming Club and the Neven family spending plenty of time by the beach.
The sport is a family affair with mum Tara's involvement in surf life saving when she was younger one of the reasons they all got involved.
"It's better than a normal sport, it teaches a lot of life skills," Tara said.
Ava's older brother Hunter, 9, does nippers as well with a love of the board event.
He said she enjoyed having a go on his board over the school holidays in preparation for when she was older.
In coming weeks the age managers will be helping prepare the under-7 green caps for their move into under-8's next season, such as perfecting their dolphin diving for the wade event.
There are also plans for another Agnes Water training day similar to one held at the end of last year.
The older age groups at the club are increasing the intensity of their training ahead of next month's Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Junior Surf Life Saving Championships.