How to ‘break the grip of the rip’

The St Francis Kromme Trust Heritage kids and Woodridge Lifesavers are teaming up for an ‘Action Beach’ morning to make everyone ‘beach wise’.

This follows two cases of drowning off St Francis Bay’s beach over the past three months. Two men in their 20s were caught in rip currents and their bodies were washed up days later. There was also a drowning recently in Cape St Francis, plus there have been some  rescues of bathers from the surf after they were caught in rip currents.

The beach wise demonstration will take place at Granny’s Pool  from 11 am till 12.30 pm on 3 March 2012.

Woodridge lifesavers will be in action and will perform a simulated rescue of a swimmer in distress,  plus they will demonstrate CPR.  These lifesavers were responsible for the daring rescue of two ladies by members of Woodridge Surf Lifesaving Club’s ‘C’ Squad this month. The ladies were being dragged out to sea by a rip current.

Attendees will be shown what to do when trapped in a rip current. Attendees will also learn how to identify where the RIP is before entering the sea.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in lifesaver beach fitness exercises.

According to Bridget Elton of the Kromme Trust, it is so important that those living at the coast are all ‘beach wise’. “We extend an invitation to all learners and anyone interested to attend.  Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult.”

Those attending are advised to bring suncream, a hat, towel and a bottle of water to drink.

For more info contact Bridget 083 282 0017

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