Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club prepares for upcoming nippers season

Ready to go: Nippers are set to return to the beach on October 18. Photo: supplied
Ready to go: Nippers are set to return to the beach on October 18. Photo: supplied

Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club director of youth Steve Robinson knows the upcoming nippers season will be a little different.

But he is also hopeful the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic won't have too much of an impact when youngsters return to the water on October 18.

Robinson hopes the sport will be one of the few beneficiaries of people moving around less in the winter months as they look to emerge in spring and summer.

"We're also hoping for a bit of an increase in numbers just because people have been locked up and heavily restricted with what they can do lately," he said.

"As a committee we realise the beach gives people an opportunity to get out and have space while their kids enjoy running around as kids do outdoors."

When the season kicks off in mid-October, Robinson said safety measures will be in place that included parents signing in while items such as boards and flags will be disinfected regularly.

"Recommendations that we have received are that it will run normally with the age groups, but it's just the parents outside that will need to do their social distancing," he said.

"The other restrictions are numbers in our showers so we will be advising the kids to come and enjoy the time, buy something from the canteen as we're allowed to run it and then go home."

"Most of the nippers on the beach will run as normal," he said.

Most of the nippers activities on the beach will run as normal, but Robinson has requested parents "roll with" the changes that will inevitably happen throughout the season.

"People are aware how the world is at this stage and if we communicate with parents that things may not function according to our calendar, they might have to roll with us," he said.

"We need them to have some flexibility because we're all in the same boat."

The club will hold another registration day at the Port Macquarie pool on October 11 from 10am until 12.30pm.

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