Lesson 8 – 40 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Attempt or perform sitting over a wave on a nipper board
  • Attempt or perform paddling through a wave on a nipper board

Preparation

  • Nipper Boards
  • Water Safety Personnel (1:5)

IMPORTANT

  • If you are not confident coaching the skills in this lesson bring in a surf sports athlete or coach to help deliver the lesson.
  • Discuss the surf conditions and safety considerations before entering the water.

COACHING POINTS

SITTING OVER A WAVE
Just before wave hits:

  • Go to a sitting position about 3/4 of the way back on board.
  • Place one leg over each side and hold the back handles with both hands.
  • Lean back and pull on the handles to raise the nose of the board.

As the wave hits:

  • Lean forward with your left arm outstretched and grab the left handle.
  • Push the front of the board down with your chest and left hand.
  • Start paddling again as soon as possible so you don’t get dragged backwards.

Demonstrate

  • Line up the participants on the waters edge and demonstrate how to sit over a wave.

Activity 1

  • Have participants practice their skills in small waves in an area close to shore and marked out by Water Safety Personnel.

COACHING POINTS

PADDLING THROUGH A BROKEN WAVE

  • Paddle straight into the wave
  • Increase paddling speed.
  • Arch your back up before the broken wave reaches the board
  • Continue paddling over the broken wave with one arm
  • Resume normal paddling.

Demonstrate

  • Line up the participants on the waters edge and demonstrate how to sit over a wave.

Activity 2

  • Have participants practice their skills in small waves in an area close to shore and marked out by Water Safety Personnel.

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