SINA Saghari found out the hard way that despite its beauty, the sea can be a dangerous place.
The University of Newcastle architecture student, who moved here from Iran in 2016, dislocated his shoulder when a large wave swept him and some friends off Nobbys breakwall last month.
The scare prompted him to join other international and rural students at Dixon Park on Thursday to learn about beach culture and surf safety.
“I didn’t know anything about high tides, or king tides, or anything like that, because where I come from in Iran, there is no sea nearby,” he said. “This gave me a good opportunity to learn about it.”
Hunter Surf Life Saving chief executive Rhonda Scruton said the students learned how to recognise a rip, the importance of swimming between the flags, as well as other surf safety tips.
“People from other countries, and the country, often don’t know these things because they haven’t lived anywhere near the ocean before,” she said.