Beach to Bush

The Beach to Bush Program is the most significant educational initiative of Surf Life Saving and has been delivered to rural NSW schools for 23 years. In 2017, the program will be held from 20-24 November with nine tours spreading the surf safety message throughout the state.

The program began as a result of research which highlighted that 50% of people rescued from the surf live more than 50km from the beach. Beach to Bush was started in 1994 and aims to educate young people about safety at the beach and other aquatic environments. This year marks the 24th year of Beach to Bush being delivered across NSW. We wish to thank ClubsNSW and NSW Cancer Institute for their ongoing support.

2017 Beach to Bush Tours:

  • Tour 1: Tamworth/Armidale
  • Tour 2: North Canberra
  • Tour 3: South Canberra
  • Tour 4: Deniliquin/Berrigan/Blighty/Tocumwal
  • Tour 5: Dubbo/Narromine/Wellington/Geurie/Wongarbon
  • Tour 6: Bourke/Brewarrina/Walgett/Broken Hill
  • Tour 7: Orange/Spring Hill/Manildra/Cudal
  • Tour 8: Narrabri/Wee Waa/Boggabri/Gunnedah
  • Tour 9: Yass/Young/Boorowa

The program is an engaging, interactive presentation delivered by experienced and enthusiastic volunteer lifesavers.

Topics covered include:

  • General beach safety messages

  • Skin cancer prevention strategies

  • Rip and wave identification

  • Sea creatures and first aid

  • Rescues and getting help

  • Safety in other aquatic environments (pools, creeks, waterholes)

Avaialable Documents

Further information

Please contact Beach to Bush Coordinator, Patria Harris if you require further information about the program.