On Monday, 1 May, Waverley’s Year 12 SLR classes had an unforgettable opportunity to learn to surf at Bondi Beach, just down the road from the College. The excursion was an excellent way to start Term 2 and introduce students to a thrilling new sport that some of them had never tried before.
Upon arriving at Bondi Beach, the students were greeted with perfect surf conditions, warm water, and blue skies. After a quick introduction from the experienced and knowledgeable surf instructors at ‘Let’s Go Surfing,’ the students hit the water. The instructors provided step-by-step instructions on how to ride the waves safely, and with some practice and guidance, the students were quickly standing up on their boards and riding the waves like pros.
The excursion was not only a fun experience, but it also had significant educational benefits. Surfing is an excellent way to stay active and healthy and requires balance and coordination, skills that can be transferred to other areas of life. Students learned about rips, tides, and wave types, the importance of water safety, and the value of perseverance and determination when learning a new skill.
One of the most memorable moments of the day was seeing the smiles on the students’ faces when they successfully stood up on their board and felt the power of the waves behind them.
Overall, the excursion was a huge success, and we would like to thank the students for participating and showing respect to the instructors and the public while out in the surf. We hope that these students will continue to practise surfing in the future and enjoy the many benefits that come with this fantastic sport/activity.