Lesson 6 – 30 minutes

  • Recognise unsafe behaviours at the beach
  • Identify the actions of a beach user in an unsafe situation
  • Develop an understanding of preventative actions


  • Whiteboard and markers (optional)
  • Butcher paper and markers (optional).


Ask the participants the following questions:

  • What do you think an unsafe behaviour is (eg behaviors that could hurt somebody)?
  • Can you think of an unsafe behaviour at home or school? (ie putting hand under hot water, leaving an element on, hanging a towel over a heater, etc.)?
  • Ask participants to describe some unsafe behaviours they have witnessed, then prompt for:
    • What the person could have done to prevent this unsafe behavior?
    • What the participant could have done to help?
  • Bring the discussion to the beach environment by asking the participants to list unsafe behaviours at the beach, like:
    • Jumping off rocks
    • Fishing on rocks in large surf
    • Not swimming between the flags
    • Swimming in a rip
    • Swimming alone
    • Swimming out of their depth/ability
    • Being too tired to swim

Using examples provided by the participants, discuss how you would go about identifying people who need assistance, for example:

  • Washed off rocks and can’t get back up
  • Swimmer has raised their arm for assistance
  • Swimmer is ‘climbing the ladder

Using examples provided discuss how these unsafe behaviors could be prevented.


  • Discuss and give examples of lifesaving ‘preventative actions’ on a patrol (preventative actions are actions that a lifesaver takes to prevent or stop an emergency situation happening, i.e. stopping a swimmer entering a rip, picking up sharp objects from the sand, talking to a group of beach users about beach safety etc.).


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