Lesson 7 – 30 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Attempt or perform a dismount from a nipper board

Preparation

  • Nipper Boards Marker cones.
  • 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

CONTROLLED DISMOUNT (BOARD RESCUE TECHNIQUE)

  • Stay on board until knee depth water or when your hand can just touch the sand to indicate shallow depth.
  • When shallow enough swing one foot over each side of the board and use them as brakes to help you come to a stop.
  • Step off board and grab front handle to drag board out of water.

DEMONSTRATE

  • In the water demonstrate how to do a controlled dismount from a board.

Activity 1

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

COACHING POINTS

RACING DISMOUNT

  • Stay on board till knee deep water or when your hand can just touch the sand to indicate shallow depth.
  • Keep eyes on strap/handle.
  • Grab front handle.
  • St and and run to finish, dragging the board
  • Finish on feet in control of board

DEMONSTRATE

  • In the water demonstrate how to do a controlled dismount from a board

Activity 2

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

Activity 3

  • Set up a finish line on the beach 10 metres from the water’s edge using marker cones.
  • Take the participants out into deep water with their boards and line up facing the beach (if you have a large group take one small group at a time).
  • Tell the participants that on ‘Go’ they are to race back to the beach and finish over the finish line between the marker cones.
  • Repeat this 2 or 3 times.

ASSUMED SKILLS

This lesson assumes participants have acquired previous skills from earlier awards:

  • Positioning on a board and basic paddling technique;
  • Entering the surf and bunny-hopping with a board;
  • Sitting over a wave and paddling through a wave.

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