Lesson 5 – 20 minutes

  • Demonstrate the following signals:
    • return to shore
    • proceed further out to sea
    • go left, go right and remain stationary


  • Worksheet: Signals.
  • Orange and blue communication flags (optional).


  • Start the lesson by explaining why lifesavers use signals to communicate on the beach (to pass on messages over long distances where your voice cannot be heard).

Activity 1

Demonstrate and explain the following signals and ask the participants to demonstrate them back to you:

  • Return to shore – one arm held vertically above the head
  • Proceed further out to sea – two hands held vertically above head
  • Go to the left – one arm held out parallel to the ground
  • Go to the right – one arm held out parallel to the ground
  • Remain stationary – two arms held at arm’s length, parallel to the ground

Activity 2

Play a game of ‘You Want Me Where’ (like Simon Says)

  • Participants stand facing you.
  • You give a signal and the participants then follow the instructions of the signal:
  • Return to shore – Move towards you.
  • Proceed further out to sea – Move away from you
  • Go to the left – Move to their left.
  • Go to the right – Move to their right
  • Remain stationary – stop and stand still.
  • Participants can also take turns being the signaler.
  • This game can be played as a non-elimination or elimination game. If playing the elimination game, any participants who respond incorrectly or too slow sit out the rest of the game until a winner is found.
  • Ensure you have something for the eliminated participants to do until the game is finished. Let the signaler use the orange and blue communication flags to experience them.


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