+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,286
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default Nippers at beaches with shark sightings

    I have just signed my DS (7) and DD1 (6) up for surf life saving....Little Nippers. However, it is one of the clubs next to Cottesloe beach, where a man was recently killed by a shark, which is the closest perth beach to Rottnest island, where another man was mauled by a shark not long after. since these two attacks, there's been more shark sightings. they reckon there's more sightings now because sharks are a protected species, and they're on the rise in numbers.

    I can't help thinking am i stupid to send my kids to surf club? when there is yet to be an action plan establishing how they're going to deal these increased shark sightings (ie would be happier if they re-installed shark nets). I know the chances of being mauled by a shark are smaller than many other types of accidents, and plenty of families have enrolled their children at the three very very busy clubs at cottesloe.

    At this point, my children will only be in waist deep water, and there will be plenty of action further out with all the advanced children doing their drills, but maybe I should just enrol them in tennis instead.

    I wouldn't want to swim out on those beaches, personally, but i'm on hyper alert everytime i see water.

    what does everyone think? am i doing the wrong thing. i'm really having second thoughts about it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,286
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Hmmm...maybe i'll bump this for the perth people....might relate to it a bit better!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    425
    Thanks
    166
    Thanked
    53
    Reviews
    0
    Hmmm its a hard one!
    I would be worried becaise the risk is there but i think i'd still let them do it.
    I am of the belief that we notice so many sharks after someone is taken because everyone is on high alert, but in reality they are always there.
    Sorry that probly hasnt helped much

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,286
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    spoke to DH and he said we should try it this year, and see how it goes, because they are not super strong swimmers, they won't be going out far at all. maybe next year, i'll gain some confidence with the whole notion.

  5. #5
    London's Avatar
    London is offline “I think we're losing our sense of humor instead of being able to relax and laugh at ourselves" - Betty White
    Winner 2012 - BubHubber you'd like to meet IRL
    Winner 2012 - Best Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    11,392
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    4,936
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    Im terrified of the beach now as an adult, but as a teen I was at Cottesloe every weekend and every day during the summer holidays. I think the surf life saving clubs would be uber safe, especially since they would know about the shark sightings etc. Its not like its a random swimming club, going into the ocean for a 'change'. Those life savers knows the beach, know those waters and assess the risks accordingly. I doubt they'd send a bunch of 7yr olds into water that they deem unsafe or too risky.
    I think its completely natural to fret and be slightly worried, but I would trust that the club knows what they are doing Let me know how it goes...waqs considering putting my 7yr old DS into it but not sure if its worth the drive out there all the time haha

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,286
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    i reckon sunday mornings down at the beaches are so busy, especially with Nippers and SLS clubs, that maybe there would be helicopter patrols.

    the reason i'm putting them in is because i wanted them to know how to handle the ocean. but i meant waves, and rips, etc.
    when i grew up (trigg beach), sharks didn't even occur to us, and we used to swim out deep and be fearless with waves. i wish i was still that carefree.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Posts
    294
    Thanks
    33
    Thanked
    244
    Reviews
    0
    If you look at the statistics of shark attacks, you'll see that you should be far more worried about the safety implications of driving to the beach:

    http://www.taronga.org.au/animals-co...latest-figures

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    8,794
    Thanks
    3,395
    Thanked
    3,081
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I can't see it as a sa fety concern for all the reasons above but as parents we worry. It's natural. It's ok to worry but try not to let the worry rule you.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,286
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by bikerdad View Post
    If you look at the statistics of shark attacks, you'll see that you should be far more worried about the safety implications of driving to the beach:

    http://www.taronga.org.au/animals-co...latest-figures
    thank you, that was a great read. and i know there is a lot of hype at the moment, but unfortunately the hype is linked to the exact area my kids will be swimming. like i said, i just wish i was as carefree as my younger years. I wonder if , in my younger years, swimming out in the deep, did a shark ever see me, but wasn't interested. its possible.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    3,286
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    ral. It's ok to worry but try not to let the worry rule you.
    that's exactly what my FIL would say! so true!


 

Similar Threads

  1. Shark Navigator Liftaway - anyone got one?
    By mrsleesey in forum House & Gardens
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-10-2012, 14:45
  2. SHARK MENACE: Licence to kill sharks close to swim beaches
    By headoverfeet in forum Social Issues
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 30-09-2012, 21:38
  3. Dha homes on the Northern Beaches Sydney
    By hollya83 in forum Parents in the Armed Forces
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-04-2012, 21:11

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Nice Pak Products
Australian Made and Owned. The Baby U Goat Milk Skincare range is enriched with soothing goats milk sourced from country, Victoria. Goat's milk has a pH level close to that of our own skin and contains natural sources of amino acids and vitamins.
sales & new stuffsee all
CarmelsBeautySecrets
Growing your own natural nails is easy. Years ago, I devised a simple and very effective technique which really helps boosts the nails' growth in as little as three days! And most importantly keeps them that way.
featured supporter
Wendys Music School
Wendy’s Music School. Experience, Quality and great service! For qualifying students we will get you playing or singing your favourite music in 90 days GUARANTEED! Book a free assessment online now!
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!