Intensive English (IE) Program – Beach & Surf Awareness Excursion, Grange Surf Life Saving Club
Friday 22nd November 2013
Facilitators: USC IE Teaching staff and Grange SLSC lifesaver volunteers.
After catching the Grange Train to Grange Beach, our Intensive English (International) students were put through the following sessions:
- Beach awareness (general beach conditions, sand dunes, jetty dangers)
- Being ‘sun smart’ (Slip, Slop, Slap)
- Swimming between the flags of a patrolled beach
- Observation of Tube Rescue and Board Rescue demonstrations
- Learning to paddle on ‘foamie’ paddle boards
- Crash course in, and game of, beach cricket
- BBQ and salads meal in the Grange SLSC clubhouse!
This was a highly successful session with the students (as well as staff and volunteer life savers!) being fully engaged an what was for most of them the first time that they had been with lifesavers ‘swimming between the flags’, paddling and catching waves on ‘foamie’ surf boards, being introduced to the dangers of swimming close to a jetty and playing beach cricket.
PS – The next Monday morning at school the students included ‘paddling a surf board for the first time’ and ‘playing in the ocean for the first time’ (something we Aussies take for granted) as highlights of the excursion. Also, after playing beach cricket for a while we had lunch in the Grange SLSC clubhouse and watched an hour of the Ashes Teat in Brisbane – seeing 5 English batsmen lose their wickets!
The experience had a big impact on the group and hopefully will keep them safe when at the beach or near water.
Dean of International Studies
University Senior College