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By Ed Amorim
ARE you ready for the summer, for a nice
beach day out, for some good waves? But before
the fun is the safety principle.
If you’re not used to the beach lifestyle, or don’t
know much about the beach elements, the beach
dynamic and aspect it’s time to learn about
For a start be aware of the risk elements on the
beach: rips, sand, waves, rocks, sun and other
A rip is a strong current running out to sea.
Rips are the cause of most rescues performed
A rip usually occurs when a channel forms be-
tween the shore and a sandbar, and large waves
have built up water which then returns to sea,
causing a drag effect.
The larger the surf, the stronger the rip.
Rips are dangerous as they can carry a weak or
tired swimmer out into deep water. Identifying a
rip is not that easy.
The features that alert a swimmer to a rip
in the sea is a darker colour, indicating deeper
water or murky brown water caused by sand
stirred up off the bottom or a smoother surface
with much smaller waves, alongside white water
(broken waves) or waves breaking further out to
sea on both sides of the rip, or debris floating
out to sea or even a rippled look, when the water
around is generally calm.
If you are caught in a rip first remember don’t
panic but stay calm.
If you are a strong swimmer, swim towards the
waves across the rip and in the same direction
as the current until you reach the breaking wave
zone, then try pick up the next wave and return
to shore. If you are a weak or tired swimmer,
float with the current, don’t fight it as the rip will
end after the last wicked wave when its job to
bring the water of the beach back to the ocean
Remember always to stay calm and conserve
your energy negotiating the surf.
To avoid being caught in a rip, before entering
the surf always make note of a landmark such
as a building, tree or headland that can be seen
from the water and used as a guide for maintain-
ing a fixed position.
Always check the depth of any gutter and the
height of any sandbank before diving under
waves – this will help prevent spinal injury.
When going out through the surf, negotiate the
shallows by a high hurdle type of stride until the
breakers reach your waist or until your progress
Waves of any size and force should not be
They are better negotiated by diving under-
neath, giving you time to reach the bottom and
lie as flat as possible on the sand while the wave
If a broken wave approaches when the water is
not too deep, dive down and run or crawl along
In deep water, do not use extra energy trying to
reach the bottom, instead duck dive to just below
Wait for the wash to pass and then push or
kick to the surface (off the bottom, if possible).
Stick to your predetermined path on the swim
In the process check your position by occa-
sionally raising your head for a quick look when
swimming on top of a swell and you’re confi-
dent enough body surfing in to the beach (riding
waves without any equipment).
You need skill to know how to catch the wave
at the right time, using its energy for propulsion.
The skills required to become a good body
surfer come from just one thing: practice.
Make sure you know where the rocks are.
Always check the tide and sand movement,
avoid areas of risk like headlands and lakes and
entrances of rivers for example.
Protect your skin with your favourite sun-
screen 20 minutes before you arrive at the beach.
Make sure you have cover all parts of your
body that will be exposed to the sun and use the
maximum UV protection possible 50+.
Respect the protection period and reapply
when necessary, all day and every day.
Avoid being in the sun for long periods and
drink lots of water to keep hydrated.
Everyone has the right to enjoy the beach as it’s
a public space.
It is for everyone but when out on the waves
you need use your good sense and don’t put oth-
er surfers in danger.
There are two simple rules when you are in a
Firstly, you are not allowed to run over anyone
in your way so you need to manage to go around
or pick another wave if someone is in front of
And secondly, don’t allow them to run over
If someone comes in your direction just move
one or two steps sideways to let the person to
pass through and complete their wave or when
there is nowhere to go, try go under the water
(the safest place) than wait until they pass on top
If you are not sure about any of this, always
swim or surf at popular beaches patrolled by
surf lifesavers or lifeguards.
Swim between the red and yellow flags as they
mark the safest area to swim.
Always swim under supervision or with a
friend, please read and obey the signs and don’t
swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask the
locals, a lifesaver or lifeguard.
Never run and dive in the water.
Even if you have checked before, conditions
can change (tides, sand banks etc) and If you get
into trouble in the water, don’t panic.
Raise your arm if close and if it’s possible call
for help, float and wait for assistance, just re-
member float with a current or undertow.
Stay calm. Don’t try to swim against it.
Enjoy the summer, keep safe.
For more information about surf safety visit
the Surf Life Saving Australia site.
Body surf technique
1. As the wave is almost upon you, push off
the bottom or start swimming toward shore until
you feel the wave begin to lift and carry you.
2. As the wave breaks, take a breath, put your
head down and kick hard until your body breaks
3. Your feet should be together, your back
arched slightly and your arms extended in front
of you. As the wave becomes steeper, tilt forward
and surf along the wave’s face.
4. You will probably have to paddle a bit to
hold your position on the wave. Try to keep your
5. As you approach the beach, pull out of the
wave by turning your body away from the wave’s
breaking force, or jack knife dive and let the
wave pass over your body.
6. Spilling waves are best for body surfing, but
if you can catch a plunging wave you can avoid
injury by somersaulting out before it breaks.
Safety in the surf
Everyone can enjoy the beaches this summer, by following a few simple safety rules.
BOOKINGS are open for the
annual Summer by the Sea
program which runs from
January 2 to 28.
The annual program encour-
ages Victorians to learn more
about our remarkable coast-
line through a diverse range of
events and experiences.
Program highlights in the
Bass Coast Shire include
Rockpool Rambles at Inver-
loch and San Remo, Volcanic
Discovery at Phillip Island,
Coastal Wildlife display at Ve-
nus Bay and much more.
Coastcare Victoria Coordi-
nator Evelyn Nicholson said:
“Every year, Summer by the
Sea attracts thousands of Vic-
torians who visit or live on our
coastline, and 2018 will be no
“Local activities offer a range
of experiences for all ages,
from Dinosaur Discoveries at
Inverloch and Kilcunda, to a
Seagrass Safari at Yanakie,”
Ms Nicholson said.
“Summer by the Sea is a fan-
tastic opportunity for all Vic-
torians to explore the coastal
areas on their doorstep, and to
learn about some of the chal-
lenges facing our fragile coast-
“The program, now in its
22nd year, plays an important
role in developing Victorians’
understanding and apprecia-
tion for the state’s 2000 kilo-
metres of coastline.
“Those interested in regis-
tering for an activity can book
online through the Summer by
the Sea website.”
“Places are limited, so if
you do miss out on an activ-
ity, keep an eye on the booking
“Over the coming weeks, the
Coastcare team will continue
to update it with new events
“Anyone who has a special
need and would require assis-
tance to take part in Summer
by the Sea, can contact Coast-
care Victoria to discuss how
we can help them participate. ”
Summer by the Sea is sup-
ported by land managers,
community groups and con-
servation agencies across Vic-
The website: www.summer-
bythesea.vic.gov.au provides a
simple way to find and regis-
ter for the free activities.
Summer by the Sea returns
THE State Government has
launched a new campaign to
help Victorians prepare for,
and survive, a hot and poten-
tially deadly summer.
The new Survive the Heat
campaign raises awareness
about the seriousness of ex-
treme heat, and shares im-
portant tips on how to stay
safe in the dangerous sum-
Extreme heat kills more
people in Australia than any
other natural disaster.
Those at the highest risk
of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke include people aged
over 65, those with a pre-
existing medical condition,
pregnant and breastfeeding
mothers, babies and young
During the 2014 heatwave
the number of deaths in-
creased by 167.
In January 2014, when heat
hit 44 degrees, paramedics
faced a 700 per cent increase
in call outs for cardiac ar-
rests in one day.
The new campaign urges all
Victorians to take heatwaves
seriously – as they would any
other natural disaster such as
bushfires – and get prepared.
The campaign focuses on
simple steps everyone can
take to stay safe during heat-
• Drinking more water by
taking small sips from a drink
bottle throughout the day
• Keeping cool and seeking
out air- conditioned buildings
Planning ahead and
scheduling activities in the
coolest part of the day
• Looking out for the most
vulnerable – this might be
your neighbour living alone
or the elderly.
Also running this year will
be the Never Leave Kids in
Cars campaign that warns
parents about the dangers of
leaving children in hot cars.
In the last year, paramed-
ics responded to 1696 calls
to people ‘locked in vehicles’
the majority being children
aged under 13.
Acting Minister for Health
and Minister for Families and
Children Jenny Mikakos said
that November was the sec-
ond warmest on record in
Victoria “and we’re expecting
above average temperatures
“Taking hot days seriously
will save lives. ”
Stay safe this summer
Ed Amorim 0409 406 005
Cape Woolamai - Phillip Island
THE Victorian Coastal Council has opened
nominations for the 2018 Victorian Coastal
The awards will highlight the importance of
the community and partnerships in safeguard-
ing Victoria’s coastal and marine areas.
Nominations are sought in the following cat-
Improving the physical environment
• Biodiversity conservation
• Community engagement
• Planning and management
• Research and monitoring; and
• Outstanding individual achievement.
Nominations are encouraged from individu-
als, community groups, traditional owners,
schools, universities, students, Coastcare
groups, ‘friends of ’ groups, committees of man-
agement, private companies, partnerships,
not-for-profit organisations, local councils, and
State Government departments and agencies.
Nominations close on Friday, February 23.
Further information and nomination forms
are available at vcc.vic.gov.au.
Nominate for a
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