Staying Safe by Making Good Choices!

The following unit of work has been created by Marine and Safety Tasmania (MaST) to help educate teenagers to better understand the importance of being safe when in and around boats. Tasmania has a population where 1 in 14 people owns a registered boat and 1 in 8 people has a boat licence. Living on an island, we are surrounded by water and are known for enjoying our waterways for recreational boating like fishing, cruising, sailing and watersports.

This unit of work encourages critical and creative thinking relating to safety issues that students may encounter in their daily lives, assessing risk, making safe decisions and behaving in ways that protect their own safety and that of others. They also align with the Year 9 and Year 10 Australian Curriculum.

Year 9 and 10 Australian Curriculum – Health and Physical Education

Contributing to healthy and active communities

Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS096)

SAFETY – Relates to safety issues that students may encounter in their daily lives, assessing risk, making safe decisions and behaving in ways that protect their own safety and that of others. It includes making safe decisions that keep people healthy in situations and places such as school, home, on roads, outdoors, near and in water, parties, online, first aid, relationships and dating, and personal safety.

Activities (each activity takes approximately 10 minutes)

1. Visit the MAST (Marine and Safety Tasmania) website to learn more about boating safety.

View the following boating safety videos:

  • New Life Jacket Standards in Tasmania
  • Be Safe – Be Sensible when you go boating
  • Using the killswitch
  • Know your boat

What is the main message from each video?

2. Paddle boards – Paddle boards and kayaks are great fun, but are light and can quickly get blown away by the wind.

Watch the following MAST video about Kayaks – Paddle Safety

What are three important things that you would do before you go on a paddle board or kayak?

1._________________________________

2. ________________________________

3. _________________________________

Look at the pictures below and decide which wind direction would be safe for paddle boarding.

Draw the three images (above). Which direction will the paddleboard be moving in 1, 2 and 3, referring to the compass?

Which direction would not be safe?

3. Making Good Choices!

View the following two videos about Sarah and Hugo.

What are the important messages that they are giving you about boating safety?

4. Weather

Visit the weather site.

Explore the site by looking at the different types of information it gives you about the weather.

What is the forecast for the next five days? Include the temperature, wind and rainfall for the area where you live.