Beach Videos

Surf Safety for kids

This video featuring champion surfer Sally Fitzgibbons is a good one to show to kids, as it involves Smurfs, which is something they will relate to. It features five key surf safety messages: Always swim between the flags ... Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for advice ... Read the safety signs ... Always swim with a friend ... If you need help, stay calm and attract attention

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Sun Safety for kids

Good info on avoiding damage from the sun for kids who love the beach

Nippers - November 1996

From the Coastwatch Vault, this story from November 1996 is on Nippers, a great thing for kids to get into. Although shot some time ago, it does give a good idea about Nippers and how to get your kids into it.

Mojosurf's Essential Beach Safety

Learn the theory basics of beach & surf safety in Australia. Crikey.

Stay Safe on the Beach

The following video is to help you stay safe on beaches. It has been designed by Professional Lifeguards to educate beach goers on the most common issues they see and how to avoid them. Stay safe in the water, get the right equipment, know the hazards, know what to look for, know what to do if you or someone else is in difficulty and respect the environment, others and yourself.

Summer Beach Nasties

From the Coastwatch Vault, a look at some of the creatures that can make a trip to the beach an unpleasant experience if you encounter them

Beach Flags and Signs

Learn the importance of reading beach signs and about what each flag on Australia's beaches represents. Remember, always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Blue Bottles

Blue Bottles are also known as Pacific Man o War and are found in tropical and subtropical regions. Its gas-filled bladder keeps it afloat and winds, currents and tides carry the animal across the open water, and strong winds can drive them onto beaches. If stung by one, carefully remove the tentacles by washing the stung area with sea water, being careful not to touch the tentacles. You can use surrounding objects to assist you. Immerse the stung area with hot water (approx. 45°C) for 20 minutes, or take a hot shower. If hot water is unavailable an ice pack may help ease the pain. If pain persists a visit your doctor as medication treatment may be needed.

How to Spot a Rip Current

Rips are complex, can quickly change shape and location and at times, are difficult to see. The things to look for are deeper, dark-coloured water, fewer breaking waves, a rippled surface surrounded by smooth waters and anything floating out to sea or foamy, discoloured, sandy, water flowing out beyond the waves. Rips don't always show all of these signs at once.

Rip Current Identification

Dr Rob Brander of the University of New South Wales explains how to identify a rip current.

How to survive rip currents

Rip currents are by far the greatest hazard to beach swimmers. This national award-winning video shows what rip currents are, how to spot and avoid rips, what to do if you get stuck in a rip.