Surf Life Saving WA has received $700,000 towards equipment and safety devices to support the nippers program, thanks to the state government and Lotterywest.
The organisation, Australia's peak coastal water safety body, counts about 8,000 Western Australian children aged five to 12 in their nippers program.
The nippers program is held at 31 of their clubs around the state - with enrolments growing from year to year.
The new equipment and safety devices will contribute to a development program that sees nippers taken all the way through the journey from learning water awareness and surf safety to becoming a qualified surf lifesaver.
This will add to the already extensive pool of surf lifesavers who provide an invaluable service to the community in patrolling our beaches and keeping Western Australians safe in the surf.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray presented Surf Life Saving Western Australia with the state government funding in state parliament recently.
The minister said he wished the organisation the best in shaping the next generation of strong swimmers and surf lifesavers.
"The WA government is extremely proud to be supporting community programs such as SLSWA's nippers program, which keeps kids active, healthy and safe,” he said.
"This grant will go towards ensuring kids are able to safely enjoy our beautiful coast.”
The announcement comes at a crucial time state-wide as West Australians gear for toasty temperatures across the Christmas holiday period.
For more information on the funding for life savers visit www.www.mybeach.com.au.