Surf Lifesaving

Posted: February 24, 2011 in FROM AUSTRALIA

What is “Surf Lifesaving”?

Surf lifesaving is a movement which began in Australia in 1907 to protect people when they go to the beach.
The main goals of the organisation are based on beach safety, lifesaving, community education and training as well as beach competitions (eg. Ironman, triathlons).
An important aspect of beach saftey is knowing about “rip currents”.
First, study this vocabulary (words you will hear in the video):
rip, drown, current, trouble, rescue, flag, lifesaver, lifeguard, patrol, (v)spot, undertow, channel, riptide, reef, shoreline, sandbar, offshore, whitewater, shallow water, deep water, scary, scared, lungs, buoyant, signal, (n,v) wave, flow, break, against, headland, fixed, stuck, flash.
Now watch, listen then answer these questions:

1. What is the presenter’s name and what is his job?
2. How often do people drown in Australia?
3. How long does it take to drown?
4. Where should you swim?
5. How many beaches are there in Australia?
6. What is a rip current? Why is it dangerous?
7. Why do rips exist? What do they do?
8. Can you remember 2 things you should do if you are caught in a rip?
9. Can you remember 2 things you shouldn’t do?
10. How can you avoid a rip current?
P.S. Did you like the video? Why? Why not? Please comment on this question.

  1. Jenny says:

    i think the video is interesting, but also a bit difficult

  2. Celia Díaz Brito says:

    I don’t like the way that he talks, it’s like the american accent and it’s difficult to understand. But the video is right because it shows you what you have to do if you’re caught in a rip.

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