LINING UP: Jed Simpson, 12, gets a head start in surf skills from Lennox Head Public school fellow students with lifesavers yesterday.
LINING UP: Jed Simpson, 12, gets a head start in surf skills from Lennox Head Public school fellow students with lifesavers yesterday.

Kids let it rip with safe fun in the sun

WALKING to the beach after school is a dream for many kids.

 For those at Lennox Head Primary School it’s common, and teachers are making sure their students are safe in the surf.

Year 5 and 6 students at the school learnt about surf safety this week during a two-day program designed by teachers.

The kids learnt about how to identify rips, stay between the flags and basic CPR skills.

Assistant principal Michelle Slee said the kids had a ball.

“They were all exhausted but really enjoyed it,” she said.

“It’s amazing how many kids have boogieboards but don’t know how to spot a rip or deal with dumping.”
Teenage surf life saving volunteers assisted the kids program and Ms Slee said it was great to see the older kids ‘giving up their time’.

With summer heating up, beach lovers are advised by the Australian Life Saving to take note of the FLAGS rule:
F - Find the flags and swim between them.
L - Look at the safety signs.
A - Ask a surf life saver for some advice.
G Get a friend to swim with you.
S - Stick your hand up for help.


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