Singapore ANZA Nippers has been part of Sentosa for many years now. Although the ocean at Palawan beach appears calm and easy going, the weekly sessions provide the kids with far more than just a paddle about. Nippers members range from five to 13 and each age group builds on different skill sets as they grow. While we’re lucky that the water is peaceful here, it can be far more dangerous in Australia and beyond, therefore it’s important to help prepare our Nippers for larger waves and aquatic challenges that they may encounter in the future. Read on for the skills that being by-the-sea brings.
1 Seawater confidence
Understanding the ocean is a big part of what we instil in our members. Before entering the water, we learn about sea creatures – which ones are dangerous and which ones are our friends. We look at the waves and learn about rips and water patterns. We also teach lifesaving skills such as spotting a person in distress or waving for help when needed.
2 Swimming & water safety
Fun competitions and sea games encourage children to be stronger and more assured swimmers. They learn how to navigate in salty water while staying within a safe eyesight distance.
3 Top techniques
The most enjoyed activity at Nippers is board time. We introduce surfing, standing, and paddling on boards at a young age so children feel comfortable and familiar with the equipment. This way kids learn core strength and balancing skills, along with the proper board technique. Boards also allow members to explore deeper waters safely with an Age Manager supervising the scene at all times.
4 Healthy competition
Beach sprinting, relays and other sand games are not only a way to stay active and fit; participating in games on the sand teaches children healthy competition and sportsmanship. Sand games are also designed to strengthen coordination and speed.
5 Life, unplugged
What’s one thing that’s difficult to do while you’re on Sentosa with ANZA Nippers? Look at your phone! No-one of any age wants sandy devices or to struggle looking at a screen. Being by the ocean is one place where children can totally disconnect from tech and fully immerse themselves in nature and freedom. Indeed, adults may well learn a lot from joining up themselves …
“Turning up at Sentosa every Sunday brings joy to both me and my kids. They look forward to meeting their friends. The community we have is amazing as parents pitch in to help out behind the scenes to make this work. It truly is a labour of love from everyone”
Age Manager ‘Jaq’ who volunteers
for the Under 8’s