Heroes of the Surf

Our friends at Sutherland Shire Council are promoting beach safety to primary school children everywhere through the new Surf Hero website initiative.

Surf Hero is a comprehensive activity centre with fun games such as find-a-words, memory challenges, quizzes and colouring in activities. The activities focus on teaching children about safety and warning signs, how to identify a rip, the role of Lifeguards and Lifesavers and what our responsibilities are as beach users.

The website also features four mascots including Sonny the Lifeguard and Max the Surf Lifesaver Meerkat as well as the University of New South Wales’ Professor Rob Brander as Dr Rip and surfing champion Sally Fitzgibbons as Sally the Surf Coach.

"Learning about beach and surf safety is so important and Surf Hero introduces kids to the basic surf safety concepts in a fun and enjoyable way. It’s also a great resource for schools, community groups and young people to find out about programs to enhance their skills and knowledge about surf safety," said Sally Fitzgibbons.

The Surf Hero site has been designed in consultation with Surf Life Saving NSW, the University of NSW, Vegemite Surfgroms and Surfers Rescue 24/7. There are opportunities for providers of other surf awareness programs outside of southern Sydney to promote their courses on the site.

In addition to children using the site in their own time, the games and activities have been designed so that teachers can use them to complete the water safety components of primary school syllabuses.

Surf Life Saving NSW Education Manager Pamela Simon is happy to be supporting this important initiative.

"The Surf Hero website gives primary school children access to important and easy to understand safety information in an interactive and fun way," said Simon.

The Surf Hero website has been made possible with help from the Gymea and Caringbah Tradies Club, which supports Surf Life Saving and surf education in the Sutherland area and has contributed to the cost of the website development.

Visit the website www.surfhero.com.au

Fri 6 Dec 2013