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Nov

Abbey's Ripper Day Print E-mail

Last night, group 1 did a bit of a swap in the timetable as we had pretty much done intro to bikes yesterday. It was decided, as both Miss Patterson and Mr Morton were both on duty, we would go down to East Cape Beach and learn a bit about life saving. (As group 2 are going on expo tomorrow, they stayed at campus and packed their packs.)

So in the morning we packed our bags and the trailer and headed down to East Cape. Once down there, we just talked about things like the different types of waves and beaches, as well as rips and how they occur. We then recognized on the beach where some of the rips were. We found a rip that is always there and that was right near all the rocks. The rip out there was quite strong pulling us to the left. We then found another rip further down the beach and we were able to recognize this by the foam that was on top of the water. We also learnt about how waves are formed from the wind, as well as the gravitational pull from the moon; if it was a full moon the waves would be bigger and if it was a new moon the waves would be smaller. Then we went through some hand signals that they use when they are on the beach. For example, if people need to come in or move a certain way, and signals used if they are out in the water, like needing more help or there is a foreign object. It was then time to go in the water, so from the help of Chloe and Emma we learnt how to save someone with a board then with a floatation device. Miss Patterson also taught us a way to save someone by using a rope. Then we paired up and had a practise of those skills. I was with Chloe and I was the first one to be rescued. It felt weird in a way but made me understand what it feels like, because whilst I was out there the water did move me a lot to the left. We then switched and I was the one to save her. I could not stop laughing because I had no clue what I was doing but eventually I did save her. After that we did a quick run swim run which I wasn’t keen to do but I was willing to have a go. I found it a bit hard to swim under the waves but I got there and did it. Before we got to leave we got to go for quick surf which was fun. I did find it hard once again to stand up but there is always next time. We then came back for lunch and worked more on our CLP. We got quite a bit done but as a good we do get a bit distracted so hopefully next CLP class we can knuckle down and get it all done.

Abbey (Frankston HS)

Abbey's Ripper Day