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About Us

About The Starfish Nipper Program


Starfish Nippers, the life-saving skills program designed for students with a disability between the age of 6 years and older.

The program aims to give these young people beach safety and water awareness skills.

The program caters for students with numerous disabilities including Autism, Asperger’s and Down Syndrome.

The Starfish Nipper Program has a number of rules in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment for all involved in the program.

Run entirely by volunteers at a number of Life Saving Clubs around Australia, the program ensures that students with disabilities and their parents and or guardians can be involved with surf skills and lifesaving like their siblings, friends, and others on the beach.

Starfish Nippers Acknowledgements:

Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club

State Trustees Foundation

Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club Foundation

Life Saving Victoria

Anglesea Uniting Church

G-Board Sponsors – Anglesea Uniting Church, Hisken Cup Committee, Stanford Family, Lizzy, Whan Family, Anglesea SLSC Foundation, Anglesea Lioness Club

Janet Jones

Naomi Symington

Peter Williams

David Kay

Jake Foster

All our amazing volunteers and trainers

Our Starfish Nipper Overview Video

A short video exploring the Starfish Nipper program.

Starfish History

Starfish Nippers has been supportive of people with a disability for many years.

The Starfish Nipper program was started by volunteer lifesaver Janet Jones at the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club.

Moreover, The Starfish Nipper aim is to provide a water safety and awareness program for children from the age 6 and above. The program is designed to be inclusive of all abilities and needs in our community.

The instances of the Starfish Nipper program running around Australia generally consist of 5-15 people depending on a number of factors (safety is the key factor).

The Starfish Nipper program is run by volunteers at Life Saving Clubs around Australia.