Water Safety On Miami Beach

English in the city is one of the ESL Courses in Miami. This course is the opportunity for students to visit fascinating locations and learn English for everyday situations. Last week, our students from English in the city class had a good time at Miami Beach and got some important knowledge about water safety. Playing in the water can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. Water safety can help prevent injuries and drowning. Therefore, it’s necessary to learn how to stay safe when you’re at the beach. Here is some basic information about water safety on Miami Beach: 1. How many lifeguard stands are there on Miami Beach? There are 35 lifeguard stands on Miami Beach. 2. How many colors are there for the flags at the lifeguard stand? There are 4 colors for the flags: red, yellow, green, purple • Red: High Hazard – High Surf (Red with a line crossing out a swimmer : Water Closed to Public) • Yellow: Medium Hazard – Moderate • Green: Low Hazard – Calm Conditions • Purple: Dangerous Marine Life 3. From what time to what time do the lifeguards work? They work from 9am – 7pm. 4. What are rip currents? Rip currents are strong currents of water flowing away from shore that can take you out to sea. 5. What should you do if you are caught in a rip current? – Stay calm – Don’t fight the current – Escape by swimming laterally, and then at an angle toward shore – If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water. – If you feel you will be unable to reach shore, call and wave for help. 6. Why do the lifeguards sometimes blow their whistles at people in the water? The lifeguards blow their whistles … Read more

Boat Safety Field Trip

Learn English with the Miami Beach Police Department

  Why should you learn English with EC Miami? At EC Miami, students could learn English the fun way! The teachers work together to create an enriching and unique study plan to learn English. In addition to that, EC Miami is located at the heart of South Beach! Last week, Kathy’s Upper Intermediate class, visited the Miami Beach Police Department to learn about boat safety. One of her students, Emiliano, wrote about their EC Miami experiences and their field trip to the Sunset Harbor Yacht Club. Read what he has to say about his unique EC Miami experience.     Miami is my first destination in the United States! I choose this residence to improve my English and meeting new friends from all over the world. My favorite EC Miami activity was Kathy’s field trip to Sunset Harbor Yacht Club. We went to the Marina Police Station. There were two police officers welcome us and talked about water safety and the guidance or rules of action on water. After, we went of a boat trip with the police officers. It was AWESOME! I definitely recommend everyone to learn English at EC Miami! The ambiance is GREAT and it feels like we’re family. I’ll remember everyone and every experience I had here in Miami. Thank you EC Miami for an AMAZING time!   Emiliano Sticca, Switzerland

Holiday Travel? Plan Ahead!

Happy Holidays!! Here at the EC Miami English School, many students (and teachers alike), are planning to travel during the holiday break.  Our school will not have classes the week of December 23, and many people may be curious how they will be able to travel if they are on an F1 visa.  Remember: Every student on an F1 student Visa are required to be in class studying a minimum of 18 hours per week in order to maintain their status in the United States.  In addition, students must maintain a minimum of 80% attendance (the list is in front of Elisa’s office at the end of Wednesday every week in case you are wondering what your attendance status is).  Students with this visa are also only able to have a session break once per 12 weeks in the country.  These breaks can last for a maximum of two weeks.  However, if the student is going out of the country he/she may go for up to five months, and doesn’t not have to wait the customary 12 weeks of study in order to take it. Some Important Notes: — If EC has a two-week December break, students may not add on to that break (unless they are travelling to their home country — see above). If EC has a one week student break, students may add only one week on to that break. — Students who will depart the US on break MUST provide proof of their departure with a flight confirmation or ticket, their passport and I-20. — Provided student has all documents it will take UP TO 24 HOURS to return signed documents to students. —  I20s must be signed by either Lynnette or Amanda.  There are NO exceptions to this. Of course, one of the reasons the attendance report is posted every … Read more

Suncreen — Get Protected!

Those of us that live in Florida know all about being sun-smart (although we don’t always practice it).  But people visiting for a short period of time tend to try to get as much sun in as little time as possible.  Perhaps that’s smart for your time when you’re vacationing, but it’s definitely not smart for your skin.  Need proof?  Check out this article/video that was recently on CNN!   Remember, putting on sunblock just once in the morning isn’t enough.  If you don’t use a waterproof sunblock (Read the label!), you need to reapply every hour or so.  Taking a few minutes to take care of your skin will make all the difference in preventing skin disease and premature aging.   — Mark  

Academic Lecture — “Meeting with Officer Lamoca”

Ester Pechiai is one of our Intermediate students from Brazil.  She recently attended a lecture with the Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD).  This was Ester’s winning essay!  — Mark   First of all, I have to say that I was surprised with this opportunity.  Sometimes foreign people like us commit a “crime” because we don’t know very well the laws of the new country , such as drinking beer on the street for example.   When Officer Lamoca was talking about his job, I was thinking about education in my country.  We never had this opportunity to talk with an officer at school when we were children.  If we had gotten this, maybe Brazil would have spent less money on jails.   I was shocked that the most popular crimes here in Miami are related to alcohol, and it is important to emphasize that only people under 21 can consume or buy alcohol in Miami.  The most common tourist’s mistake is to leave their stuff alone on the beach.  There are a lot of robbers just waitng for the opportunity to take your things.  Take care of your things!   The other important tip is always keep your eyes on your drink.  They put drugs in there and you can imagine what can happen after.   Ocean Drive is known too for the prostitution street.  Students can drive with an ID (if they are under 21 years old), but remember if you drink don’t drive.  If you get caught maybe you’ll pay $10,000.   The police station is located on 11th and Washington Avenue and in an emergency case you can call 911.

What Does That Mean?? Beach Flags Revealed!!

Students choose to learn English in Miami for many reasons, one of them is the wonderful beach life! Many of you have had the pleasure of enjoying the beach life here in Miami. I’m sure you’ve also seen the different coloured flags on the life guard stands. Do you know what they mean? If you don’t here is your chance to find out, it could save your life. Red flags with a no swimming symbol indicate that the water is closed to the public. Red flags without a symbol indicate a high hazard from surf and/or currents. Yellow flags indicate a medium hazard from moderate surf and/or currents. Green flags indicate a low hazard with calm conditions. Beachgoers should still exercise caution. Purple flags indicate a hazard from dangerous marine life. These flags are used in conjunction with another coloured flag indicating the current surf/current conditions. It is extremely important to monitor the flag warning system. Dangerous rip currents may exist in the water but provide no visible indication from shore. Here’s some advice from Miami Dade Fire Rescue to help you stay safe while enjoying South Florida beaches: The best survival tip is prevention. Avoid swimming in beaches when rip current advisories are in effect. Swim only at guarded beaches during lifeguard duty hours, and ask them about surf conditions before entering the water. Never swim alone, the buddy system works! Keep an extra careful watch on children and elderly swimmers. If you do get caught in a rip current, remain calm and don’t try to swim against the current. Instead, swim out of the current in a perpendicular direction, following the shoreline. Once you are out of the current, swim back to shore. If you cannot swim out of the current, float or lightly tread water to conserve … Read more