Bush Nipper Education Program is a regional and rural inland adaptation to “Beach” Nippers, which aims to build upon the swimming and water safety knowledge and skills of children aged 5 to 14 years in open water environments.
Nippers gives young people the opportunity to develop qualities of everyday lifesavers in a fun, safe and organised capacity and apply these learnings (such as resilience, social skills and volunteer awareness) to various individual and community settings, from aquatic sports to lifesaving accreditation and beyond. Currently Nippers is being run at 57 Victorian lifesaving/ surf lifesaving clubs , including Australia’s only inland lifesaving club.
The Bush Nipper program will see the expansion of the Nipper program piloted in 4 new inland regional environments across the 2019/2020 summer.
The Bush Nipper pilot education program is funded through the Victorian Government which forms part of the Public Water Safety Initiative.
In Year 1 of the initiative (2018/19), the current Nipper Education Program was reviewed to determine its effectiveness, and scope feasibility for wider application to Victorian inland and pool settings.
Year 2 (2019/20) will include evaluation of the effectiveness of the new Bush Nippers program in inland regions.