Northern Beaches Lifesavers Head Back To School

Australia’s most popular primary aged surf education program has closed the books on another successful season with another 12,000 country students getting a lesson on surf safety from our volunteer lifesavers.

Goulbourn to Grafton were on the 2015 itinerary as over 60 schools were visited by 17 Surf Lifesavers from surf clubs all around the state.

The Sydney Northern Beaches Branch was well represented with Andy Cross and Angie Thorpe (South Narrabeen), and Adrienne Low, and Greg Punch (Dee Why) all making the journey inland.

Throughout the 120 presentations while there were plenty of light hearted moments as students posed in the iconic red and yellow patrol shirts and put on zinc cream, the lessons are driven by a serious concern.

Statistics revealed that almost half of drownings in NSW waters involved a victim who lived over 50 kilometres from the beach, and with many country kids not getting the same access to surf education safety it was determined that the best way to help keep these kids stay safe at the beach was to take the lessons to them.

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 - Andy Cross and Angie Thorpe (both of South Narrabeen SLSC) are all smiles during the 2015 Beach to Bush Program

Fri 4 Dec 2015