SAFE on the BEACH
PRE-SUMMER SURF PROGRAM
Summer is just around the corner and the beach lifestyle will be back to our Island soon. It is time to give our kids the necessary information so they can enjoy this special time of the year with some knowledge about the beach environment in a safe way to work on safety and prevention to stay out of trouble.
This is where the head surf coach Ed Amorim from Pro Surf Coaching Surf Academy has developed a very simple and informative program with a bundle of very enjoyable outdoor activities right inside of the school premises. Essentially Pro Surf Coaching would like to highlight all the fun that there is to learn about surfing and staying safe on the coast first and foremost.
PROGRAMS FORMAT & CONTENTS:
Time: 15 to 30 minutes
Where: Assemble area, sport court or class rooms.
Age groups: from 5 to 18 years old
Format: General Assembly (includes mum, dads, family, gaugians and school staff) or individual class/grade groups.
What is needed:
All the surf equipment and material will be provided by Pro to Surf Coaching.
1- Surf Presentation: The origins of surfing, equipment presentation, waves formations, swell knowledge, popular surf spots on the island, environmental standards for surfers…
2- Safety: What can be the dangers on the beach, Risk management and emergency plan.
3- Surf Activity: explanation, demonstrations and safety practice.
4- Finish: Final Considerations and open to questions.
Safety on the Beach:
Summer is just around the corner and the beach lifestyle will be back to our Island soon. It is time to give to our community the necessary information so they can enjoy this special time of the year in a safe way and to stay out of trouble.
Surf Risk Management
Surf is an extreme sport and to be out there in the surf zone attempting to catch waves and navigating going in and out of the water, as well as integrating in to the line up with different people in different skill levels and proposes is definitely not completely safe for everyone
So let’s start it.. before our adventure continues we will cover some of the safety aspects of our sport.
We always have in place our own safety and emergency plan with procedures, steps, local awareness, emergency calls and actions.
In case of an emergency ask for help, call 000 and explain where you are, how many people are involved, explaining the situation and the time it occured.
We always have a first aid kit on the beach to be used at any time..
Look for Dangers
Rips: A RIP occurs when the water from the incoming waves start going back out to the ocean.. so RIPS are not monsters, it will not pull you down or grab you... but you need to know how to manage it.. Rips can help you get to the outer break zone. The paddle to this zone is quicker and easier but it is essential to learn how to correctly use a RIP..
Action: Never swim against this is the most common way people give up and drown, call for help with waving a fist in the air, keep calm, never leave your board, your wetsuit will also keep you above the water, swimming sideways to the waves zone, as waves will bring you back to the beach, plus save energy for when you need it.
Rocks and reef: they are sharp, hard and you can see them when under water.
Action: keep away from them when you can by maintaining a reference to water or land marks, try to be gentle and light footed when in contact with rocks or reefs. Slow movements and calm mindset when walking along feeling the sea bed.
Sand: it’s hard as well and unpredictable. When we surf from deeper waters to shallow waters.
Action: don’t dive head first - you never know where the sandbank is under whitewater and how deep it is. So fall as a banana tree on your back. When wearing a wetsuit, the wetsuit will soften the impact.. Do not jump with legs straight, lock joints. Try bending knees and ankles to reduce the impact.
Sun: Is good for you but can be dangerous.
Action: Sunscreen is important, drink lots of water after your activities and moderate the sun with shade once you have finished your surf.
Other surfers: Other surfers out there don't have the same knowledge that our students have. In regards to all these risks previously mentioned, they may lack the awareness to take action early and we need to be prepared for their lack of knowledge and skill.
Action:If you see someone riding waves in your direction, move sideways, bring your board with you and leave the track clear to the other surfers.. Now if a bunch of surfers ride the wave in your direction and you have nowhere to go please go under the water. The safest place and hold your breath for 10 seconds and come up slowly with your hands above your head protecting you. You must run over anyone either..(laughter)
Please share this information with your friends and family and also try all the aspects of safety so you can focus on having some fun and ride a few waves..
Looking forward to seeing your students and sharing a bit of our surf knowledge and safety on the beach with you before the summer season is ready to kick off.. d