SAFE SURFING IN KAPITI

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Beach Education programme

Kapiti being a  coastal area, the dangers and thrills of beach-side living are of very real relevance to the children and families of local schools.

With this in mind, on the 20th November, Waikanae Primary School children of the Year 4-6 Te Aramoana syndicate participated in the run by life guards from the Paekakariki Surf Club.

In groups of around 60 children and 12 parents at a time, classes bussed to the surf club and participated in the day-long programme. Topics covered included Sun Smart, keeping safe at the beach, what to do in a rip, and what equipment the surf lifesaver carries.

A tour of the clubrooms taught the pupils about the inland rescue boats, paddleboards, rescue boards, signs and other equipment used by the club. Children were shown videos about being safe in the surf and learnt survival tips. “ I learnt that rips are very dangerous. If you get caught in a rip, swim  to the side if you are a confident swimmer, or if you aren’t a confident swimmer,  float and put your hand up so the lifeguard can see you are in trouble.  Let the rip carry you out to the breakers and wait to be rescued or swim to the side and into shore,” said Year 5 Room 6 pupil,  Dylan Bell.

The day was concluded with a swim in the surf, supervised by the parents and life guards.