Wanda Red Fins Inclusive and Accessible Nippers 

The Red Fins program is an integral part of Wanda Nippers and Wanda's One Club Culture – Across Juniors, Senior and Masters  - Your kids will wear a Wanda Uniform and be part of the Wanda family.

Wanda Red Fins Nippers is an Inclusive and Accessible Nipper Program which runs alongside Mainstream Nippers and is for kids, and their families that deal with challenges; such as Autism, Physical\Intellectual Disabilities and Vision\Hearing impairments, and is focused on providing a more relaxed nipper program with extra support for the kids and removing the barriers of getting the kids to the beach and in the water.
 

Note - The current COVID-19 situation obviously presents challenges for the commencement of our Nipper program. As per Surf Life Saving Sydney Guidelines, we can confirm that the Nipper season start date will be approximately late October \ Early November.

We will receive further detailed updates after 1st October which will give us more clarity. We will communicate additional information at that time.

Program Outline

  • All Fun \ No Pressure

  • 10 Week Program – TBC due to Public Health Orders 

  • Modified activities tailored to the child’s ability, goals and sensory challenges 

  • Specialized Equipment to enable any child to participate (Surfboards, Sand-cruiser Beach Wheelchairs, Beach Matting)

  • Small Group with increased support across the beach – 1:1 Safety Ratio

  • Clear and consistent routine with visual instructions and visual schedules

  • Visual Support Guides for Home – “How to Nipper!”

  • Regular breaks to for the kids to unwind and release excess energy

  • Flexibility for kids to take breaks and return to activities as needed

  • Parent or support carer participation required – Bronze Medallion training provided free of charge

  • The option to compete in Inclusive events at Carnivals

The exact start date for the season has not been released, but we are looking at a start date of Late October \ Early November, and we will run into the new year to get in as many sessions as possible.

 

REGISTER NOW

Wanda subsidizes the Red Fins Program and the registration fees is $50 per child (for the first 3 Children and the 4th child is free) or You can use NDIS funding or your active Kids Voucher (for the first 3 Children and the 4th child is free) and this includes the Nipper Parent General Membership - Registration includes Nipper Cap and Hi-Vis Rash Shirt.

Register your child \ children for the season as per the registration links

In the Payment section of the Registration website enter “Red Fins & your Family name” in the “Payment Details” and the total in the Amount (e.g. $50 for one child, $100 for 2 Children, $150 for 3 or more children) – Refundable if the season is reduced \ Cancelled - Please note, we cannot give change from a the Active Kids Vouchers, but we do use the money to help us subsidize other Families. 

For more details to help you complete your registration, download our registration guide - Pls note, proficiency requirements do not apply.

For more information or to discuss your child's needs please contact the Red Fins Manager - Denny Rowlands – 0401 688 221 or denny.a.rowlands@gmail.com

 

Red Fins Nippers FAQ

Questions

Answers

Who can I contact in regards to my children's varying needs?

Do I need to be at Nippers to support my Child?

  • Yes – No one knows your child better than you - We require a parent or carer to be there to support the child during nippers

Do they/can they wear the Wanda uniform so they feel part of the club? 

  • Wanda has a strong One-Club culture – Across, Juniors, Senior and Masters  - Your kids will wear a Wanda Uniform and be part of the Wanda family

  • Registration includes Nipper Cap and Hi-Vis Rash Shirt - Same as other kids (All age groups have different caps for identification - Red Fins have their own cap)

  • We are not separate and the kids will have the opportunity to do the 5 Nipper events each week - Swim, Board, Wade, Sprint & Flags and do the education session that every other nipper does

  • There is lots of Wanda apparel (Swag) for sale too - Swimwear, Towel, Bags. etc. 

What do I bring?

  • Swimwear (Wetsuit if needed)(PFD if needed) 

  • Nipper Cap

  • Towel

  • Goggles

  • Sunscreen (Apply at home)

  • Hydration

  • Anything needed to deal with sensory needs (e.g. Water bottle or wipes to remove sand, Towel for laying on sand, Ear muffs if sound is an issue, etc.)  

How do you encourage reluctant kids?

  • Our philosophy is about participating and having fun - We try to get the kids to set their own limits and encourage them to break through them - It can be a slow start, but they all make progress across the season.

What should I do if there’s a meltdown, refusal, we’re having a bad day or running late?

  • We take our lead from the Parents or Carer on the beach - If at any time your child needs a break, that's ok.

  • Some days just don't work at all, so don't feel pressured to be there (or even On-time) if there's a refusal/meltdown going on - There's always next week, and sometime just getting there is the "Win"

My children love the beach but we aren't that used to waves.

  • Red Fins is an Inclusive \ Relaxed Nipper Program - We work with you and the child on their goals - We are about having fun, participating and making friends, not trying to become the next NutriGrain Ironmen\Women

Can I transition my Child into the mainstream Nipper program?

  • Yes - Red Fins is a side by side program that runs at the same time as mainstream nippers - We operate as an age group and do all the same activities other age groups do. Kids can move between mainstream and Red Fins (needs to be organized & tracked for safety purposes) and we can provide support for transitioning to mainstream full time - Normally in the new year

We were hoping that whilst at Red Fins our child could join in with their age group with support, to allow for socialisation and not feeling segregated.

  • Red Fins is a side by side program that runs at the same time as mainstream nippers - We are not segregated, and operate as an age group and do all the same activities other age groups do – There is plenty of socialisation

My Child is a competent swimmer - Will they be able to do the Swim and Board activities like other kids their age?

  • Yes – They will be able do the Swim and Board event with other kids in the Red Fins group – We have other kids that are capable in the water, and we can discuss swimming proficiencies - More down below

Are they able to participate in the beach training outside of Nippers i.e. Sandhills and Athletics track and the Water training?

 

  • Yes - The Child will have to be proficient to go in the water and be ok with operating with a reduced level of supervision during the training sessions, however we don’t send them out into the sand hills alone)

Helping Out?

  • Like most kids sports, Nippers runs on Volunteers and the more help we have, the smoother things run and more fun the kids will have each week

  • At a minimum – Please be prepared to get a little wet helping out at the water’s edge

  • Put your hand up to become an Assistant Age Manager for the group and we welcome additional volunteers

  • If you have a carer or therapist that you work with – They are welcomed to help out too

Helping Out – Becoming Water Safety for the Red Fins

 

  • It would be great to have additional dedicated water safety on our team – I encourage you to consider completing the Bronze Medallion award and becoming a qualified Surf Life Saver – The course is free and you’ll learn CPR, First Aid and Surf Awareness as well as learning Surf Rescue techniques

  • You do not need to be an athlete to complete the Bronze Medallion – Many people in the club have completed the requirements (Including myself) and you will gain a base level of fitness during the course - Let me know if you’re interested

Do we compete?

  • Once a year we join up with the other Inclusive Nipper groups in our local area and run a Funday Carnival – This is a chance for the kids to experience a carnival that supports their needs and is followed up a sausage sizzle and every kids gets a medal

  • On the same day as the Funday carnival – The Local 4-Way Carnival will be taking place – There will be inclusive events at this carnival for those that want to compete at a higher level

  • The Wanda One Club Carnival runs each year and includes inclusive events

  • Other carnivals run across the season inclusive events – including Branch, State and Aussies - If you are interested in competing – Let me known

What is a Proficiency?

  • SLSA Australia has strict Water Safety Ratios for Children at Nippers

    • Water Safety is provided by a Bronze Medallion Holder - This is why we encourage parents to get their Bronze

    • Children are broken down into 2 categories - Proficient and Non-Proficient.

    • Children that are not Proficient, have a 1:1 Water Safety ratio requirement when in the water

    • Children that are Proficient have a 5:1 (or better)  Water Safety ratio requirement when in the water

    • Children ages 8 and under do not go into water deeper than waist depth

    • Nobody goes into the Water when the beach is closed by the Council Lifeguards or the Active Patrol at Wanda

Does my Child need to be Proficient?

  • There is no pressure for our kids to become “proficient”, kids that are not “proficient’ will continue to receive 1:1 Water Safety from a qualified Lifesaver when in the water

  • There is no pressure for any of the children in the Red Fins program to become proficient unless they want to give it a go, and there is no pressure at Wanda for any child to complete their proficiency - We will offer guidance, support, and encouragement for any child that wants to attempt their proficiency.

If not Proficient, then what?

  • I do an assessment of each child’s capabilities in the water – I’m guided by the parents knowledge – Please let me know where you think you child is on the following list of capabilities

 

  • From a standing position in waist-deep water, perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position

  • Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover to a secure position

  • Float for 1 minute – Un-aided

  • Swim 25m – Any Stroke - No Time limit

  • Float for 2 minutes – Un-aided

  • Swim 50m – Any Stroke - No Time limit

  • Float for 3 minutes – Un-aided

  • Swim 100m – Any Stroke - No Time limit

 

  • Some kids will be capable of becoming “Competition Proficient” by participating in an untimed 200m Open Water Swim – We can discuss this individually as we move forward during the season

 

Proficiency Requirements

AGE GROUP

EVALUATION

U6

  • From a standing position in waist deep water, perform a front glide and recover to a secure position.

  • Perform a back or front float holding a buoyant aide and recover to a secure position.

U7

  • From a standing position in waist deep water, perform a front glide, kick for 3m and recover to a secure position.

  • Perform a back or front float for a few seconds and recover to a secure position.

U8

  • 25m pool swim (any stroke)

  • 1 min survival float

U9-U10

  • 200m pool swim – freestyle, in less than 6 mins

  • 1.5 min survival float

  • Min. 150m ocean swim (untimed)**

U11-U14

  • 200m pool swim – freestyle, in less than 5 mins

  • 3 min survival float

  • Min. 288m ocean swim (untimed)*