Teaching beach safety awareness, our unique family focused program includes observation and practical surf skills along with a shallow water swimming session for participants to practice everything they have learnt.
Arms Reach at the Beach begins on the sand with a discussion about supervision at the beach, how to read tides, how far to go out, where the best place to swim is within the flags, how to walk safely in and out of the water and why you should never turn your back on the ocean. We also discuss continually referring to a point on the beach to be careful you don’t drift and about an emergency action plan for the beach. A practical session comes next, where our beach instructors teach participants specific surf swimming skills, from how to stand, how to roll and how to duck under the waves.
Everyone then moves into shallow water within the flags and participants enjoy trying out their newly learnt skills during a practical swimming session. During this session, our instructors also teach older kids essential surf techniques on biscuit boards – how to get onto waves and how to get back in from the break – with a focus on staying in control.
Keeping adults within ‘Arms Reach’ of children – especially those under 6 – is at the heart of of our beach side program and all children enrolled in Arms Reach at the Beach must be accompanied by a parent/adult carer on the day.
Duration: 1 hour