The Beach to Bush program is the largest educational initiative ever undertaken by Surf Life Saving. The program began as a result of research conducted by Surf Life Saving Australia, which highlighted that 50% of people rescued from the surf lived more than 50km from the beach.
The program has been running successfully in NSW since 1994, going national in 2003. Since then, more than 110,000 school children across Australia have attended Beach to Bush presentations, with the program travelling over 100,000km.
SLSNSW utilises surf lifesavers to present the program, and each year targets different areas with the aim of revisiting each area every three to four years. The program is delivered over one week during Term 4. The presentation lasts for one hour, and primarily focuses on beach and surf safety, however also touches on safety around home pools, dams and inland waterways.
What will the program cover?
- General beach safety messages
- Sun smart strategies
- Rip and wave identification
- Sea creatures and first aid
- Rescues and getting help
- Safety in other aquatic environments (pools, creeks, waterholes)
South Tamworth, Bingara, Moree, Gunnedah and Curlewis
North Albury, Lavington, Corowa, Albury, Culcairn, Gerogery and The Rock
Tumut, Gundagai and Wagga Wagga
Armidale, Inverell, Glen Innes, Emmaville and Tenterfield
Capertee, Sofala, Hargraves, Gulgong, Wellington, Orange and Canowindra
Bathurst, South Bathurst, O'Connell, Black Springs and Blayney
Ellalong, Branxton, Denman, Merriwa, Belltrees and Aberdeen
This program is proudly supported by Clubs NSW and the NSW Cancer Institute.