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New Programme To Help Reduce Drowning

New Programme To Help Reduce Drowning
Young Fijian surfers during their weekly series this year. Photo: Fiji Surfing
December 11
14:05 2016

Water safety is a large issue throughout Fiji and the Fiji Water Safety Council is working hard to reduce drowning and near drowning. The Fiji Surfing Association is part of this group and is implementing programmes to achieve these goals.

The FSA is implementing a Surf /Nipper Development Programme in Fiji which will incorporate structured lessons and games tailored to each of the 5 different age groups and in line with international lifesaving training standards. The name “Nipper” is applied to youngsters from 7 through to 14 years of age of both sexes.

This programme is based on participatory evaluation and basic competency; this means each Nipper must be actively involved in each of the lessons and demonstrate the ability to perform the set tasks to be eligible for the age certificate.

The 5 age groups start from the Youngest Group, the Under 7s, the Under 8s, the under 9s, under 10s and a combined under 11 / 12 group. The activities are designed to build confidence and awareness in an aquatic environment.

Each week of the 8 week programme will gradually build and steps up a level so as the participants gradually build with each step. As part of the programme junior trainers will be trained to assist in overseeing the weekly activities with a qualified adult overseeing the trainers. These junior trainers form an important part of the program and will become positive role models for the young nippers involved.

It’s planned to be launched early February so keep watching in your local area for details. The next Level 1 surf coaching course will be on January 28 & 29. With a calendar that keeps getting more events for Junior and Open surfers the need for qualified, skilled accredited coaches is increasing.

Participants will be shown modern coaching techniques and safety issues that vary from surf break to surf break. With improved knowledge Fiji surfers will have a better opportunity to represent their country in several different international events.

Enquiries or questions to info@surfingfiji.com.fj so send your name through to register for the Level 1 course.

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

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