Lifeguards hit the beaches

SPLASHING OUT: Lifeguard Danielle Fuemana puts Rod Allen through his paces at Eastern Beach.Times photo Wayne Martin.

The Surf Life Saving Northern Regions City Nippers programmes have come to town.

They consist of five fun-filled two hour sessions for children aged 5-11.

Run by qualified lifeguards, the children are taught fundamental water safety skills, they build their confidence in the water and learn how to enjoy New Zealand’s favourite playground safely.

Activities include wading and duck diving, body boarding, swimming around buoys, beach games, theory sessions around surf safety, how to be sun smart, rips and waves.

There is an upcoming course starting on February 12 running for five consecutive Sundays from 12:30–2:30pm. The cost for five sessions is $105.50 (rash shirt and beanie provided).

For more information or to register visit: www.lifesaving.org.nz/education/city-nippers/