Science of the Surf: Free Public Talk Series


Saturday, 22 December, 2012 - 11:00 to Thursday, 24 January, 2013 - 20:30


Various Locations in Sydney (See Schedule)

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The Science of the Surf is a fascinating, entertaining and multiple award winning visual presentation about how our beaches work and behave; from the journey of tiny little sand grains onto your favourite beach, to the massive swell that rolls in during big storms, to how to spot a deadly rip current - this talk is for anyone who loves and is interested in the beach.

It also has a beach safety theme throughout. The visually powerful talk is presented by Dr Rob Brander, Australia's best known surf scientist (nicknamed 'Dr Rip' by the Bondi Lifeguards for his habit of throwing purple dye into rip currents).

The talk runs for approximately 1 hour with additional time for questions. Some of the talks involve a rip current demonstration using purple dye.

Suitable for adults and children aged 8+.

Free 'Rip Current Survival Guide' posters are available at each talk. Signed copies of the bestselling book 'Dr Rip's Essential Beach Book; everything you need to know about surf, sand and rips' will be available for purchase at a discounted price ($30).

No need to book, just show up!  FREE ENTRY!


Schedule of Talks

The talks marked with an asterisk (*) will have a demonstration of purple dye in rip current. Note that dye releases are dependent on surf conditions on the day.




*Shellharbour Beach SLSC,  Shellharbour NSW

Sat Dec 22, 2012

11– 12:30 PM

*Culburra Beach SLSC, Nowra, NSW

Fri Jan 4, 2013

11– 12:30 PM

*Mollymook SLSC, NSW South Coast

Sun Jan 6, 2013

11 – 12:30 PM

*Maroubra Beach SLSC, Sydney Eastern Suburbs

Fri Jan 11, 2013

11 – 12:30 PM

*Nobby’s Beach SLSC, Newcastle, NSW

Tues Jan 15, 2013

11–12:30 PM

*Redhead Beach SLSC, Newcastle/Swansea region

Tues Jan 15, 2013

2–3:30 PM

Salamander Bay Community Centre, Port Stephens, NSW

Tues Jan 15, 2013

7 – 8:30 PM

*Newport Beach SLSC, Sydney Northern Beaches

Wed Jan 16, 2013

2 – 3 PM

Stanton Library, 234 Miller St., North Sydney

Wed Jan 16, 2013

7 – 8:30 PM

Woollahra Council, Sydney Eastern Suburbs

Thurs Jan 17, 2013

12 – 1:30 PM

*Tamarama Beach SLSC, Sydney Eastern Suburbs

Sat Jan 19, 2013

11 – 12:30 PM

*North Wollongong SLSC, Wollongong

Tues Jan 22, 2013

10 – 11:30 AM

*North Cronulla Beach SLSC (upstairs), Cronulla

Thur Jan 24, 2013

11 – 12:30 PM

Manly Community Centre, 12 Wentworth St., Sydney Northern Beaches

Thur Jan 24, 2013

7 – 8:30 PM