Students learn surf survival skills with CHCC lifeguard Sonny Tisdell.
Students learn surf survival skills with CHCC lifeguard Sonny Tisdell. Bruce Thomas

Students taught to be surf-safe

TIME after time we see international visitors getting into trouble in our waters. Now, Southern Cross University is doing its bit to make sure that doesn’t happen.

International students are now required to complete a comprehensive Surf Safety course, on the beach and with trained lifeguards, to ensure they have the information and skills they need to stay out of trouble in the water.

“A lot of these students have never swum in the ocean, or can’t swim at all,” SCU’s international student advisor My Holland said.

“This gives them some information so they have an idea about what to do.”

Coffs Harbour City Council lifeguard Sonny Tisdell told the group how to spot a rip, what they should do in an emergency and where the best places to swim were.

“This is an extremely important program,” Mr Tisdell said.

“Most incidents on our beaches and nearly all drownings recorded are international visitors.

“If we can actually get these people in the water and teach them where it’s safe to swim and what do to in an emergency, that’s excellent.”

The students, who start study at SCU on Monday, were from China, South Asia and Hawaii.



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