SOS – Information for Schools

Why does your school need SOS?

  • If your school is on the coast, your kids probably go to the beach all the time and it is therefore extremely important that they understand how beaches, waves and rips work. They probably don't know as much as they think they do!
  • If your school is away from the coast, your kids probably go to the beach infrequently which means they probably don't have a good understanding of beach and surf conditions and are therefore at high risk. Statistics in Australia show that most coastal drowning are from inland suburbs and towns.
  • The Science of the Surf is visually based and essentially "brings the beach to the classroom".
  • School kids can never have enough surf education and the Science of the Surf is the only surf education program to have been awarded a NSW Department of Education and Training Frater Award for Excellence in School Performance. 

All talks are given by Dr Rob Brander 'Dr Rip'.

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Sign at a school advertising Dr Rips talk
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What kind of talks are available for schools?

1) Science of the Surf for Years 3-6

Length: approx 50 minutes including student question time

Format: Powerpoint with photographs and movies

Topics Covered: Standard beach safety education focussing on wave formation, wave types, wave breaking,  rip currents, beach types.

Learning Material: website quiz and fact sheets, school provided with copies of a rip current survival guide poster and DVD and a copy of 'Dr Rip's Essential Beach Book; everything you wanted to know about surf, sand and rips'

A copy of the primary school advertising flyer can be downloaded here (note: link to sos primary generic. Doc)

2) Science of the Surf for Years 7-12

Length: approx 45 minutes including student question time

Format: Powerpoint with photographs and movies

Topics Covered: Same material as above, but with more detailed information on coastal processes and beaches.

Learning Material: website quiz and fact sheets, school provided with copies of a rip current survival guide poster and DVD and a copy of 'Dr Rip's Essential Beach Book; everything you wanted to know about surf, sand and rips'

3) Coastal Processes and Management for Years 7-12

Length: approx 45 minutes including student question time

Format: Powerpoint with photographs and movies

Topics Covered: Coastal impacts of climate change, sea level rise, storms, beach erosion, coastal management options, coastal processes, beach hazards. Perfect for Year 10 Geography curriculum.

Learning Material: website quiz and fact sheets, school provided with copies of a rip current survival guide poster and DVD and a copy of 'Dr Rip's Essential Beach Book; everything you wanted to know about surf, sand and rips'

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Learning Outcomes

After the presentation, students will:

  • Understand how beaches form and the environmental issues which affect them;
  • Understand how waves are created and what the different types of waves are ;
  • Recognise types of breaking waves and identify safe and unsafe waves;
  • Be able to identify rip currents and know why, when and how they form ;
  • Know how to react safely if caught in a rip ;
  • Be able to identify the different types of beaches in NSW and Australia and their associated hazards ;
  • Recognise the importance and limitations of beach flags and hazard signs ;
  • Gain valuable surf safety and survival tips;
  • Be more knowledgeable and confident in the surf .
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Logistics

Cost is $5 per student

Minimum #students is 100

Multiple sessions recommended for 200+ students

Schools will need to provide:

  • Digital projector and screen or smart board;
  • A room/venue capable of being semi-darkened to maximise presentation impact.

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Awards and Feedback

In 2007, SOS was awarded the prestigious NSW Department of Education and Training Frater Award for Excellence in School Performance. This award was based on feedback questionnaires completed by teachers who had seen the presentation.

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Testimonials

In all my 30+ teaching years, Rob is the best presenter of this valuable material. Thank you.

Teacher - Mona Vale Primary School

Great mate. The children were enthusiastic and impressed. I’m over 50 years old and I learnt more about surf safety today than ever before.

Teacher - Bolwarra Primary School

Essential content for our children in beach-side suburbs. They think they know all about the conditions and they don’t.

Teacher - Seaforth Primary School

Very interesting talk at the students level. It was very relevant to our students. There was a lot of content covered. Was constantly reviewing content. Great work!

Teacher - Killarney Vale Primary School

Students were spellbound!

Teacher - St Michaels Primary, Nelson Bay

Every person living in Australia should see this presentation

Teacher - Beecroft Primary School

Fantastic. Had a group of Year 9-12 boys listening for 1 hour with no problems, easily understood and great information for both surfers, swimmers and non-swimmers.

Teacher - Tomaree High School

Rob was fantastic. He had a high level of appropriate info and related really well with the children. They loved it and were enthralled. Excellent knowledge and speaking skills.

Teacher - St Brigids Primary, Coogee

Very enjoyable, interesting and informative presentation. Children were very interested and eager to ask questions and respond.

Teacher - St Johns Primary, Campbelltown

A very important and useful presentation for schools in Australia. The students were mesmerized, found it very informative, were excited by photos and were quick to offer answers to questions. Great website.

Teacher - Coogee Public

You should be doing The Inconvenient Truth for beaches!

A particularly excited student at Hunter School of the Performing Arts

Good use of Powerpoint kept the children focussed and interested. Local examples were popular and it is vital that the children have awareness of dangers in the surf.

Teacher - Holy Family Primary, Merewether

The students were very enthusiastic and clearly seemed to be hanging on every word said.

Teacher - St Michaels Primary, Daceyville
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