Perth Wildcats import Jermaine Beal was given a taste of summer weather in Perth yesterday after he spent the morning at North Cottesloe beach with hundreds of excited Nippers.
The American and his teammate Shawn Redhage were on hand to offer advice and autographs at the North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club's Nipper season launch.
Junior co-ordinator George Ventouras said the pair cheered on the swimmers as they did beach exercises and learnt about water safety.
"Jermaine was certainly impressed with the set-up and with the activities that the kids were doing," he said.
"We've got a fairly big junior program, so seeing between 400 and 500 kids running around on the beach would have been a bit of an eye-opener for him."
The Nippers program teaches children aged between five and 13 how to have fun and be confident in a safe beach environment.
This season, North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club is asking its Nippers to wear fluorescent pink vests.
General manager Ben Unbehaun said the rule was introduced as an extra safety mechanism.
"It is to increase the safety of the program and keep the young ones visible," he said.
Every surf lifesaving club in the State offers a Nippers program.
Surf lifesavers treated a 27-year-old woman at Floreat beach yesterday after she was dumped by a wave.The woman, who experienced numbness and tingling in her fingers and feet when she was dumped in the surf about 3.30pm, was taken to hospital with suspected spinal injuries.