Get ready for summer holidays with Surf Safety Education

Dec 13, 2012 by

 In time for the school holidays, South Coast Surf Life Saving is educating those planning to enjoy water activities these summer holidays on how to do so safely, with the support of the Veolia Mulwaree Trust.

A number of primary schools throughout the region, both along the coast and inland, have had a visit from South Coast Surf Lifesaving's education team, such as the students at Kangaroo Valley Public School, pictured left in the classroom and year six from Bowral Public School visiting Warilla Barrack Point to gain first hand experience in the surf. Other schools which have received the program recently include Goulburn West, Goulburn East and Moss Vale Public School.

“Our school Surf Awareness & Beach Safety Program is going well and will be presented to approx 6,000 primary school students this year, an increase of 45% on last year. Our educational books are a good awareness resource, thanks to Veolia Mulwaree Trust we have used a new format and usually only have three thousand printed but this year will have six thousand printed,” Steve Jones, President of Surf Life Saving South Coast, said.

South Coast Branch Surf Life Saving is also presenting for the general community  the Dr. RIP presentations by Dr. Rob Brander, aka (DR. RIP) of the University of NSW as part of its water safety education program. Rob has been invited by South Coast Branch Surf Life Saving and sponsored by the Veolia Mulwaree Trust to deliver his well known lecture and beach DYE presentation, “Science of the Surf” during the school holiday period at three South Coast Surf Life Saving Club locations. Members of the community and holidaying tourists are invited to attend one of the three surf life saving club locations to listen to this essential water safety lecture for anyone who will visit or may go into the water at a surf beach this summer.

Dr Rob Brander is a coastal geomorphologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, NSW, Australia. He has been studying beaches and surf zones for 20 years having completed a BSc and MSc at the University of Toronto where Canadian water temperatures convinced him to live in Australia. His PhD on the morphodynamics of rip currents was completed at the University of Sydney in 1997. He has published over 20 articles based on his research on rip currents, coral reef-islands, and the 2004 tsunami and has taught at UNSW since 2000.

Steve Jones said,”This is a very timely event for the South Coast. Last summer on South Coast beaches there were three drownings one at Shellharbour and two in the Southern Shoalhaven. All occurred at unpatrolled beaches. I commend to anyone interested to come along and listen to the Dr. RIP presentation and see the DYE release on the beach front afterwards to see what a rip current looks like.”

The DR. RIP Lecture will run about 60 minutes with a Q & A session after, following this Dr. RIP will do a practical purple DYE release at the beach front location. You can hear the Dr RIP Lecture at:

Saturday 22 December, 2012 11am, Shellharbour Surf Life Saving Club, Shellharbour Beach

Friday 4 January 2013 11am, Nowra Culburra Surf Life Saving Club, Warrain Beach

Sunday 6 January, 2013 11am, Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club, Mollymook Beach