Lesson 7 – 20 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Enjoy playing in the surf
  • Develop confidence in the water


  • Water Safety Personnel (Recommended 1:1).


  • Sit the participants in a group on the beach facing out to sea.
  • Discuss the water and surf by asking the following questions:
    • Who likes swimming in the sea? (Note those that don’t raise their hand so you can watch them later in the lesson).
    • What is different about swimming in the sea, than swimming in the pool? (The sea has salt water and waves, the pool has fresh water and no waves).
    • Discuss what a participant should do if they are not enjoying being in the water. (Tell an Age Manager, parent, helper, water safety personnel who will help you).

Activity 1

  • Take the participants on a short beach run to warm up.
  • Snake the run into ankle deep water as you run around (but don’t stop and go into the water).

Activity 2

  • Line up the participants on the edge of the water facing out to sea.
  • Get the participants to hold hands and walk into the water slowly.
  • When in ankle deep water stop and tell the participants to jump the waves as they get to them, do this for ten or so waves.
  • Tell the participants that on the count of 3 they need to sit down in the water.
  • Once sitting down get the participants to roll over onto their stomachs.
  • Get them to stay in that position until a number of waves have washed over their body.
  • Ask the participants to stand and turn to face out to sea again.
  • Walk further into the water until knee deep.
  • Repeat activity (sit, roll over, have waves wash over them).


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