Thirteen Rotary Youth Exchange students have an insight into the Australian surf culture after being hosted by Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club (WBHSLSC) members.
WBHSLSC spokesperson Leanne Goggin said the cold and windy weather did not deter the students from taking a supervised swim.
"It was their first swim in the Pacific Ocean for all but two students," she said.
"For several students who are from land-locked countries, it was really exciting."
Students in the program travelled from Sweden, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, France, Finland and Norway.
Leanne thanked Piper Seale, Hugh Stewart, Jasper Shultz, Grace Kuhnell, Greg Mitchell, Riley and Georgia Bate who mentored the students about surf safety.
Leanne said thanks to their efforts the Rotary Youth Exchange students know the important surf safety messages.
"They understand the importance of swimming at a patrolled beach and in between the red and yellow flags, where volunteer surf lifesavers or paid lifeguards can see them and assist if needed," she said.
WBHSLSC members Ben Johnson (IRB driver) and Klaire Fallon (IRB crew) demonstrated how lifesaving rescue equipment can be essential for saving lives.
The students were hosted by the WBHSLSC over the weekend. The were educated on how powerful the surf can be.