WATCH: Documentary to showcase inspiring local surf lifesaving program

An incredible initiative that gives children with special needs the chance to experience the joys of surf lifesaving is being brought to the big screen in a new documentary.

The Albatross Nippers program will be featured in a 35-minute documentary called Included, with the film’s premiere taking place at HOTA, Home of the Arts this Saturday.

Albatross Nippers is conducted within the Nobby’s Beach SLSC Nipper program, so that all kids (Albatross Nippers and Nippers) can train alongside one another.  Growing year on year, the Albatross Nippers program now has more than 100 families with special needs children and young adults as registered participants.


Find out more about the program, and the documentary Included in the video below:

In a bid to raise awareness of the program, Albatross Nippers founder Nick Marshall teamed up with filmmaker Shannon Johnston (Risen Film) to document the group’s proud history and emotional journey to qualify for the 2019 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships.

“With Surf Life Saving Queensland celebrating 50 years of Nippers last season, we thought it would be great if the Albatross Nippers also had a chance to be part of the state carnival and represent their club like all the other kids,” said Nick Marshall, who has been head coach at Nobby’s Beach SLSC for more than a decade.

“People then started saying it would make an amazing story as this group of kids were attempting to do something no one had ever done. It had all the elements filmmakers love – drama, emotion, action, battling the odds and, of course, some very cute and happy children.

“Shannon Johnston from Risen Film came onboard and through a combination of fundraising and grants, we have created a truly special documentary. I won’t lie – it’s a bit of a tearjerker with some pretty emotional back stories, but it showcases everything that is great about the surf lifesaving community.”

To secure a ticket to the premier screening of Included at HOTA, please register your attendance at:

Tickets are free, however all donations big or small to support this charity are welcomed. Donations can be made via: