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Ripping into beach safety

Dr Rob Brander, aka Dr Rip, will present ‘The Science of Surf’, an informative and entertaining presentation that shows participants how to read surf conditions and stay safe on the beach.

Dr Rob Brander, aka Dr Rip, will present ‘The Science of Surf’, an informative and entertaining presentation that shows participants how to read surf conditions and stay safe on the beach. PHOTO: Science of the Surf.

A FREE surf safety talk will be held at North Wollongong next Tuesday.

Presented by Dr Rob Brander (aka Dr Rip) and hosted by Wollongong City Council, ‘The Science of Surf’ is an informative and entertaining presentation that shows participants how to read surf conditions and stay safe on the beach.

Topics to be covered include how to spot rips and currents, what to do if you’re caught in a rip, and the difference between safe and unsafe waves. The session will also look at the science of coastal processes and how beaches work.

If surf conditions on the day are suitable, purple dye will be released to demonstrate a rip current.

Council’s Recreational Services Manager, Mark Bond, said whether you’re a surfer, regular beach-goer or occasional visitor, you’ll learn something at the talk.

“We’re lucky to have beautiful beaches on our doorstep, but it’s important everyone is aware of the hazards they present and how to avoid them,” he said.

“Dr Brander is a fantastic presenter, and I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to come along and listen to an internationally recognised expert.”

Dr Brander has won numerous awards for his beach safety work, and is author of the best seller ‘Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book’. He has been studying beaches around the world for over 25 years, and completed his PhD on rip currents at the University of Sydney.

‘The Science of Surf’ is free, suitable for ages 12 and over, and bookings are not required. The talk will be held at North Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club and North Wollongong Beach on Tuesday January 22 from 10 – 11.30am.

For more information contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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