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Wollongong City Council

Stage 1

Welcome to Stage 1 of Wollongong City Council's Surf Sense education program.

Success criteria

By the end of this session, Stage 1 students will be able to:

  • Recognise Wollongong City Council Lifeguards and volunteer Surf Lifesavers, and demonstrate awareness of their roles.
  • Prepare for a trip to the beach, introducing basic beach, sun and water safety.
  • Identify some  beach and surf safety signs and tools, like the red and yellow flags, and explain what they mean.
  • Show an understanding of what 'stay calm and raise your arm' means.
  • Demonstrate basic awareness of some environmental issues at the beach and the role they can play in managing them.

Video resources

See the Stage 1 Surf Sense video playlist on YouTube. Individual sections are also linked in the course outline below.

Course outline

The outline below includes the topics, content and resources for a 40-minute session, and the estimated time to be spent on each topic.

Some items are marked as optional (o), and can be left out depending on the needs and interests of the audience.  Suggested considerations include:

  • Spend more time on key messages and skip optional (o) sections for students from CALD communities, such as Cringila Public School.
  • For students who surf a lot with their families, such as Coledale Public School, you might be able to move faster through some topics, and spend more time on 'Black and White Flags'.
Surf Sense Stage 1
Time (duration) Topic and video linkContentResource/s

0 - 5 min
(5 min)

Welcome to the beach

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Acknowledgement of Country: “I would like to pay my respect and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Dharawal Country, the land on which we meet. I would like to pay my respect to Elders past, present and emerging. I would also like to extend my respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people present here today.”
  3. Who likes the beach?
  4. Which beach do you go to? Which is your favourite beach?
  5. Describe Council Lifeguard uniforms and explain the role of lifeguards.

Uniform

6 - 10 min
(5 min)

Getting ready for the beach

  1. Buzz gets ready for the beach – what's in Buzz’s bag? Sun protection, water, etc.
  2. Buzz applied sunscreen before he leaves home – explain why.
  3. Check learning: What will protect you from the sun when you are at the beach?
  4. Check learning: When should you put sun cream on?

Cards:

  • Buzz gets ready for the beach
  • What will protect you from the sun when you are at the beach?
  • When should you put sun cream on?

11 - 15 min
(5 min)

Red and yellow flags

  1. Buzz arrives at the beach and races to the water – what should he look for?
  2. Explain the red and yellow flags – ‘No flags No swim’
  3. Check learning: What do you look for when you get to the beach?
  4. Check learning: What does ‘No flags No swim’ mean?

Cards:

  • Buzz arrives at the beach
  • What do you look for when you get to the beach?
  • What does 'No flags No Swim' mean?

16 - 20 min
(5 min)

Stay calm and raise an arm

  1. Billy is Buzz’s friend. Billy does not swim between the flags and gets caught in a rip. Explain what a rip is.
  2. Billy is in trouble. He stays calm and raises his arm to get help. A Lifeguard rescues Billy.
  3. Next time, Billy needs to swim between the flags and swim with a friend.
  4. Check learning: What is a rip?
  5. Check learning: What do you do if you need help in the water?

Cards:

  • Billy gets caught in a rip but stays calm and raises an arm.
  • What is a rip?
  • What do you do if you need help in the water?

21 - 22 min
(2 min)

Black and white flags

  1. Explain what the black and white flags are.
  2. (o) Check learning: What do the black and white flags mean?
  3. (o) Check learning: If you have a bodyboard, are you allowed inside the black and white flags?

Cards:

  • Black and white flags with Lifeguards
  • (o) What do the black and white flags mean?
  • (o) If you have a bodyboard, are you allowed inside the black and white flags?

23 - 24 min
(2 min)

The beach is closed

  1. Describe the picture - Explain the flag and the possible dangers.
  2. Billy and Buzz have done the right thing – looking at the flag and listening to the Lifeguard's instructions. If you hear a whistle, stop, listen and see what the Lifeguard wants.
  3. (o) Check learning: Why would Lifeguards put up the ‘no swimming’ flag?
  4. (o) Check learning: What should you do if you hear a whistle being blown at the beach while swimming?

Cards:

  • The beach is closed
  • (o) Why would Lifeguards put up the 'no swimming' flag?
  • (o) What should you do if you hear a whistle being blown at the beach while swimming?

25 - 26 min
(2 min)

Lifeguards are there to help

  1. Describe the picture and the blue bottle sign – Billy has been stung by a blue bottle
  2. If you get stung by a blue bottle, talk to a Lifeguard. We are a friend. We are here to help. Describe what a lifeguard might do if you get stung.
  3. (o) Check learning: What is a blue bottle?
  4. (o) Check learning: What do you do if you see any problems at the beach?

Cards:

  • Blue bottle sign and sting
  • (o) What is a blue bottle?
  • (o) What do you do if you see any problems at the beach?

27 - 29 min
(3 min)

Take a break at the beach

  1. Describe the picture – it is important to take a break in the shade, eat and drink something, and reapply sun cream. Buzz is doing the right thing: he is reapplying sun cream and putting on a rash vest.
  2. (Next card) Billy did not prepare well: he did not apply sun cream and did not wear a vest so now he is sunburnt. Later in life, if Billy gets sunburnt again, he could get skin cancer which is dangerous. Take care of your skin, cover up and don’t end up like a red lobster like Billy.
  3. (o) Check learning: What can you do when taking time out at the beach?
  4. Check learning: What happens when you do not put sun cream on and wear sun protection?

Cards:

  • Take a break at the beach
  • Silly Billy is sunburnt
  • (o) What can you do when taking time out at the beach?
  • What happens when you do not put sun cream on and wear sun protection?

30 - 31 min
(2 min)

Dogs at the beach

  1. Describe the picture – explain the 'no dogs' sign and give reasons why dogs aren’t allowed at the beach near the red and yellow flags.
  2. (o) Check learning: Can you take your dogs to the beach when you go swimming?
  3. (o) Check learning: Where does rubbish end up if it is left on the beach?

Cards:

  • Dogs at the beach
  • (o) Can you take your dogs to the beach when you go swimming?
  • (o) Where does rubbish end up if it is left on the beach?

32 - 33 min
(2 min)

Protect our beaches

  1. Describe the picture – why they are sad?
  2. If you litter at school, where will your rubbish go? Explain how it will get to the ocean. Make sure all your rubbish goes in the bin so it doesn’t affect sea creatures.
  3. (o) Check learning: If you were to litter at school, where will the rubbish end up?

Cards:

  • Protect our beaches
  • (o) If you were to litter at school, where will the rubbish end up?

34 - 36 min
(2 min)

Leave only footprints

  1. Describe the picture – this is a clean beach. Make sure you take all your rubbish when you go home. Leave only footprints (and sand castles).
  2. Check learning: What are the only two things you are allowed to leave at the beach when you go home?

Cards:

  • Leave only footprints
  • What are the only two things you are allowed to leave at the beach when you go home?

37 - 40 min
(4 min)

See you at the beach

  1. Recap the key points. The beach is a fun place but remember:(1) Be prepared before you go to the beach (2) always swim between the red and yellow flags (3) if you get in trouble at the beach talk to a lifeguard – we are there to help you (4) after a day of fun at the beach, take your rubbish with you and leave nothing but footprints.
  2. Check learning: Where do you swim when at the beach?
  3. Check learning: What do you do if there are no flags at the beach?

Cards:

  • Revision card (4 squares)
  • Where do you swim at the beach?
  • What do you do if there are no flags at the beach?

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