Dr Rip’s Science of the Surf (& dye release rip identification demo)

Mon 17th Apr 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm AEST

This fascinating, entertaining and multiple award-winning presentation by Australia’s best known surf scientist, Dr Rob Brander is not to be missed!

Nicknamed ‘Dr Rip’ because of his habit of throwing purple dye into rip currents, the presentation covers how beaches work, how to spot deadly rip currents, and importantly how to get out of one.

Keep safe in the surf all year around by understanding your favourite beaches better. You’ll learn how to ‘read’ the conditions of the beach and surf by attending this informative and entertaining presentation.

What they said: “Just want to say I’ve been swimming at the beach since I was a toddler. I’m now 57 and found that talk by Dr Rip, just brilliant, learnt the most I have from any presentation on Rips, thanks”.

Conditions of booking

  • Suitable for 8 years and above
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian
  • Parents/ adult guardians accompanying children need to pay.

Professor Rob Brander, aka ‘Dr Rip’, is a coastal scientist, beach safety researcher and science communicator in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UNSW Sydney. He has studied beaches for over 35 years and published over 100 book chapters and scientific articles on related topics. He is a member of the International Drowning Researchers Alliance and has contributed, and been invited, to be a part of working groups related to the rip current hazard and drowning prevention around the world.


Do not attend on the day if you are:

  • experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, loss of taste/smell, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)
  • awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
  • have been directed by NSW Health to isolate.

Please assist in keeping all participants safe during the event, by observing instructions provided by Council staff or signage.
View updated health-related advice and conditions on the NSW Government website

Photographs, videos and voice recordings

Randwick City Council staff may on occasion take recordings of participants during activities (including photographs, videos and voice recordings) that could be used for the following purposes:

  • educational or community information purpose
  • Council displays and promotions of community education events
  • to complement the promotion of Randwick’s Marine and Coastal Program.

If you DO NOT wish for the participant’s recording to be used according to these conditions, please indicate this during the booking process.

Cancellation conditions

This activity may be cancelled due to insufficient bookings, NSW COVID-19 health orders or poor weather. Participants will be advised in the event the activity changes or cancellation occurs. All care has been made in the preparation of the 2023 Marine and Coastal Discovery Program but some changes may occur due to circumstances beyond the control of Randwick City Council. Refunds will be provided for paid activities that are cancelled 48 hrs prior to the event start and in the event of cancellation by Council.

Date and time

Mon 17th Apr 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm AEST


South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club
Arthur Byrne Reserve, 1R Marine Parade, Maroubra NSW 2035, Australia

To find out about other Marine and Coastal Discovery activities please visit https://events.humanitix.com/tours/marine-and-coastal-discovery-program