Surf safety in the spotlight at North Gong Beach

Wollongong City Council will host a free surf safety talk at North Wollongong Beach tomorrow.

Presented by Dr Rob Brander, also known as Dr Rip, ‘The Science of Surf’ presentation will show participants how to read surf conditions and stay safe on the beach.

Topics include how to spot rips and currents, what to do if you’re caught in a rip, and the difference between safe and unsafe waves. 

The session will also look at the science of coastal processes and how beaches work. 

If surf conditions on the day are suitable, purple dye will be released to demonstrate a rip current.

“Whether you’re a surfer, regular beachgoer or occasional visitor, you’ll learn something at this talk.” Council’s recreational services manager, Mark Bond, said.

“We’re lucky to have beautiful beaches on our doorstep, but it’s important everyone is aware of the hazards they present and how to avoid them.”

Dr Brander is author of the best seller Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book.He has been studying beaches around the world for over 25 years, and completed his PhD on rip currents at the University of Sydney.

‘The Science of Surf’ is free, suitable for ages 12 and over, and bookings are not required.

The talk will be held at North Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club and North Wollongong Beach from 10am to 11.30am.

For more information call 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.

Surfers heading back to shore. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Surfers heading back to shore. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER


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