Wind, swell and waves

Learn how swell and waves are created, how this affects the waves we see at the beach.

In this lesson, we’re learning about waves. There’s a lot to them, and the more you understand how they’re made up and how they organise themselves, the better prepared you’ll be to swim in them.

It’s always helpful to head to the beach after this lesson to have a look around and match what you’ve learnt, to your local beach.

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Soft sand running

In this lesson you will learn some basic techniques for fast and efficient soft sand running.

Dolphin diving

In this lesson you will learn when to use dolphin diving and how to dolphin dive out as you navigate the surf zone.

Putting it all together

Learn how to put together everything you’ve learnt about the ocean environment in a theoretical example.

Types of waves

Learn about the different types of waves you’ll encounter in the surf zone and how they’re formed.

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