Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club nippers are heading to the state championships this weekend.AFTER ticking off an achievement at its home club, a group of Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club (WSLSC) members is preparing for the state stage.
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WSLSC nippers co-ordinator Alan Aulsebrook was pleased to announce that 14 members had been awarded their surf rescue certificate (SRC).

“They’ve been training since about Christmas for a couple of hours a week,” he said.

The youngsters were taught and assessed on performing rescues, identifying dangers, resuscitation, basic first aid and supervision skills.

The nippers’ successful completion of the certificate means they will be able to patrol the beach from now on.

Ten of the youngsters who received their SRC will be attending the nippers state championships this weekend in Lorne, where they will contest the under 14 age group.

“We’re taking away a squad of 44 to the state carnival,” Aulsebrook said.

“There’s another 34 in the younger age groups.

“I’ve been here at least half-a-dozen years and it’s comfortably our largest contingent. Being held in Lorne rather than having to travel to Lakes Entrance has probably helped.”

The WSLSC nippers representatives progressed to the state titles after contesting a qualifying carnival in Apollo Bay.

Aulsebrook said the youngsters were looking forward to the championships.

“It will be good experience for them and if our kids could bring home a couple of medals, that would be fantastic,” he said.

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