Surf Life Saving
Australia is known for having some of the best beaches in the world. Do you know how many beaches there are? Australia’s coastline is approximately 36,000km long and along the coastline there are more than 10,000 beaches. That means that if you were going to visit a new Australian beach every day, it would take 27 years to visit them all. Australians love the beach so much that the annual number of visits to the beach is said to be more than 100 million.
If you visit a beach in Australia, you are bound to see the yellow and red flags, with surf rescue lifesavers manning the beaches. Lifesavers ensure a safe experience for visitors, and they are on the lookout for anyone in trouble. Beach-goers in Australia know that by swimming between the yellow and red flags, they are able to swim safely. Many lifesavers are volunteers who help out in their communities during the summer. They patrol the beaches in the morning and on weekends or in their spare time.
Lifesaving is also a popular activity and competitive sport for all ages. Children can participate in a program called ‘Nippers’ from the age of five. Participating in Nippers provides an opportunity for kids to learn not only how to swim but also safety on the beach. Like Japan many children learn how to swim at an early age, and lifesaving provides a great place to be part of a community and at the same time be active and healthy.