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 over 20 years.

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. Last year (2015) marked the 22nd year of Beach to Bush being delivered across NSW. We wish to thank ClubsNSW and NSW Cancer Institute for their ongoing support.

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)

Beach to Bush 2016

In 2016, Surf Life Saving NSW will be visiting the following locations:

  • Tour 1: Casino, Kyogle and surrounding area

  • Tour 2: Moree to Glen Innes via Boggabilla and Ashford

  • Tour 3: Scone to Gloucester via Wallabadah and Nowendoc

  • Tour 4: Mudgee, Gulgong and surrounding area

  • Tour 5: Temora to Forbes via West Wyalong and Condobolin

  • Tour 6: Albury, Holbrook and surrounding area

  • Tour 7: Canberra and surrounding area

Primary schools in these areas have been sent further information about the program. If you are unsure whether your school is covered by one of the tours this year, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Beach to Bush 2015

News Articles from the 2015 tour

Coast Lifesavers Take Surf Safety Message Bush

Far North Coast Lifesavers Spreads Surf Safety Message

Lifesaver Law Spreads Safety Message

Woolgoolga Lifesavers Spread Surf Safety Message

Illawarra At Forefront Of Surf Safety Education

Northern Beaches Lifesavers Head Back To School