Learn About The Science Of The Surf

Published On 06 January 2016 at 10:00 AM

Do you know how to ‘read’ the surf and work out what’s going on beneath the waves? If you don’t, but would like to learn, then Dr Rob Brander from the University of New South Wales is bringing his popular ‘Science of the Surf’ workshop to the Sutherland Shire on Wednesday, 17 January 2018.

The session is at North Cronulla Surf Club at 2.30pm and it includes a multimedia presentation on how our beaches work and behave – from the massive swell that rolls in during big storms to how to spot a deadly rip current.

If conditions permit on the day, the session will be followed by a dye release demonstration into the surf at approximately 3.15pm at North Cronulla Beach which illustrate how a rip actually works.

“We’re lucky to have some of the country’s most beautiful beaches on our doorstep, so it’s crucial that we know how to enjoy our time at the beach safely,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce.

“These sessions provide valuable information about rip currents, but also about how waves form and break and what safe and unsafe waves look like. Make your trip to the beach about more than just catching some waves and sun. Come along to the information session and find out about the fascinating science behind the waves,” he said.

Topics covered include beach safety and hazards, coastal evolution, wave formation, how to spot rip currents and what to do if you’re caught in one, rock platforms and rock fishing and beach types and behavior.  A big thank you to North Cronulla Surf Club for generously donating the venue for the information sessions.

Event details:

Please note: this event is now fully booked but you are welcome to watch the dye release from the beach. 

'Science of the Surf' information session:

Date: Wednesday 17 January, 2018

Time: 2.30 pm

Where: North Cronulla Surf Club - Judd Room 2nd floor (please note - there is no lift. Unfortunately prams and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated). Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult; unaccompanied children will not be admitted.)

Pre booking via Eventbrite is essential as numbers are limited.


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