Beach Safety and Surf Awareness

During Term 1, the Year 9 Outdoor and Environmental students completed a Beach Safety and Surf Awareness unit, culminating in a discovery of why some people are at a high risk of drowning at Victorian beaches.

After gaining new knowledge on the risks facing beachgoers, the students were encouraged to communicate this to a real and meaningful audience.

Max Hyde from Year 9 has provided the following piece: 

I am looking forward to sharing both an easy way to spot a rip, and also how to survive one. Firstly, you might be wondering, who is my target audience? This article is aimed at children, but it is recommended that parents learn this information, especially if they have little knowledge of rips.

You may also be asking what risks are involved, especially with children? Some of the risks involving children and the sea include: not supervising them, swimming in rough waves and the natural sea environment, including rocks and fish. But returning to the subject of riptides – which is probably the biggest risk to children.

Rips themselves cannot directly harm a person, as they only drag someone out to sea. The primary way rips can be harmful is the force of the current; as swimmers try to push against the current but become too tired to swim. If this happens to you, raise one hand in a fist and the lifeguard will come to you. While this is happening, REMAIN CALM. There is no point stressing out, as it will only make you tired.

Now, here is how to spot a riptide. Remember this acronym:

R: Room - In a riptide, there is room for the waves to travel out.

I: Inconsistency - The gap in the water is easy to find, as it is a strange inconsistency in the water.

P: Push - Another obvious way to see a riptide is if the water is being pushed out.

Next time you travel to the beach with mum and dad, or if you are the parent and travel with your children, take this advice and swim safe at the beach next summer.

Have a wonderful Term 2 everybody.

Max Hyde 


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