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Surf safety lessons for international students

Surf safety training was the lessons of the day recently for twenty-eight Saint Stephen’s College international students during an excursion to Tallebudgera Beach.

Executive Director International Sam Holmes said the students aged 9 to 17 – from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan – took part in a full day surf awareness session that included a surf talk and presentation by lifeguards, learning how to read surf conditions, water and beach activities.

“Currently we have about 150 full time international students at Saint Stephen’s and of course safety of these students is our number one priority,” said Ms Holmes.

“Unless they come from cities near the sea, many of our international students have had little experience in the surf, and in most cases it’s one of the first times they have touched sand and the ocean. There are too many instances in Queensland where tourists get into trouble on our beaches. We view the surf safety sessions as the first step in preparation and safety for their new home on the Gold Coast while they study.”

At the College, international students also take part in learn to swim programs and school swim carnivals where their levels are catered for by special events.

“The surf awareness program, which we hope to run twice each year, is an extension of the swimming lessons,” said Ms Holmes.