Surf Safety Message Reaching New Audiences

Families from many different backgrounds came together over the weekend for Surf Life Saving NSW’s Family Surf Safety Day in Woolgoolga.

With great weather on offer up to 30 people attended the program which aimed to present vital surf safety messages to families in the North Coast Region who may not be familiar with the beach.

An amazing mix of cultures were represented during the day including families from Eritrea, Burundi, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, The Republic of Congo and Sudan.

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

Volunteer lifesavers added personal experiences and took the group along the beach pointing out rips and wave types as well as leading an on beach demonstration of how to spot a rip.

The day concluded with a social BBQ encouraging attendees to ask lifesavers any questions in an informal environment.

SLSNSW Academy Education Manager, Pamela Simon, says the program was an important tool for spreading important surf safety messages to migrant families on the North Coast.

“We had a great attendance over the weekend which is a really positive sign. All Australians should be able to enjoy our coastline and programs like the Family Surf Safety Day ensure that we are hopefully breaking down barriers to participation which may one day save a life.”

Facilitators from the program have been invited to teach the course again at the end of Term three at Woolgoolga High School.

Thu 13 Jun 2013