Lifesaver Law Spreads Safety Message

Australia’s most popular primary aged surf education program has closed the books on another successful season with 12,000 country students getting a lesson on surf safety from our volunteer lifesavers with a Far South Coast lifesaver helping to spread the word to kids in Goulburn.

Although she now calls Wollongong home due to her study commitments, it was at Broulee on the state’s picturesque Far South Coast where Samantha Law credits first fostered a life-long love affair and healthy respect for the ocean. Having been involved in lifesaving since she was four years old, and deciding that she wanted to help spread the message of surf safety to those who haven’t grown up near the beach, Law signed up for her first tour as a Beach to Bush Presenter.

She recently returned from Goulburn where she visited schools and delivered presentations to children aged 5-12. During the presentations she touched on topics such as how to identify rips and other safety risks at beaches, basic first aid, and the role of a lifesaver.

“It’s so important for kids to learn these messages about surf safety, but actually it’s more than that. Any person coming to Australia and the east coast in particular needs to learn how to recognise rips and the dangers at the beach,” Ms Law enthused.

“It’s my first Beach to Bush, and it was a great week. More than fifty kilometres from the coast is where the stats say half the drownings occur so it’s so important that kids hear these messages and know what to do if they get in trouble.”

Surf Life Saving NSW Community Education Officer Stacey Pidgeon paid tribute to the dedicated volunteers who presented the Beach to Bush program.

“It really is a unique program in its delivery and the way we can educate so many children at the one time. I would really like to thank the presenters who gave up their valuable time to help deliver these vital safety messages.

“By all reports they had a fantastic time out on the road and the kids really gained something out of it as well,” Ms Pidgeon said.

The Beach to Bush Program, supported by ClubsNSW and the NSW Cancer Institute, is the largest and most innovative surf safety education program in Australia, having reached more than 270,000 primary school students since it began in 1994.

The 2015 Beach to Bush Program ran from November 23-27 and visited the following locations;

Inverell, Glen Innes, Grafton, Armidale, Guyra, Dorrigo, Walcha, Bendemeer, Manilla, Bingara, Uralla, Quirindi Gunnedah, Narrabri, Lithgow Region, Goulburn Region, Wagga Wagga Region, Narrandera, Griffith, Leeton and Coolamon.

Photograph - Sam Law delivers a safety message to the Goulburn kids during the 2015 Beach to Bush tour

Fri 4 Dec 2015