Surf Safety Day for Migrant Families

In association with the Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families (SCARF), SLSNSW will run a series of family surf safety days during November and December.

The aim of the program is to present vital surf safety messages to families in the Illawarra Region who may not be familiar with the beach, particularly those living in the local migrant communities.

The initiative comes after the drowning death of an 8 year old Congolese boy in the area last season.

The day will include a focus on the five basic surf safety messages including who can help you at the beach and how, being sun smart, how to spot a rip, the importance of the red and yellow flags and the significance of signage at the beach.

Following these presentations, an in-water surf safety demonstration and chance for a swim will be available.

Dr. Dean Dudley, Director of Education for Surf Life Saving NSW said, “By engaging with migrant groups and having a very specific message to deliver, we hope to not only save lives but break down barriers to participation.

“We are strong advocates that everyone can enjoy the beach if they have the knowledge and experience to do it safely,” said Dudley.

The cost of the program is $5 per family, including lunch which will be a BBQ cooked by Rotary. The program is an initiative of Surf Life Saving NSW and is supported by the Community Relations Commission of NSW.

The Family Surf Safety Day will be run on 17 November 2012 at North Wollongong, 8 December 2012 at Port Kembla and 15 December 2012 at Towradgi and will be facilitated by Junior Lifesaver of the Year Jeremy Kuiper (Fairymeadow SLSC).

For more information or to RSVP, contact SCARF on (02) 4227 1600.

Tue 13 Nov 2012