Surf School Leads Way in Western Sydney

Year 9 students living in Western and South Western Sydney will have the opportunity to take part in vital surf safety education as part of Surf Life Saving NSW’s Surf School during Term 4, 2013.

The Surf School is an initiative fully funded by the NSW Government Water Safety Black Spot Fund with the primary objective to reduce the rate of drowning deaths in NSW by educating youth in surf safety.

Based on residential drowning statistics from 2004-2010, residents from Western Sydney have been identified as having a dramatically increased risk of coastal drowning and death, recording more than twice as many coastal drowning victims as residents in any other area of NSW.

The Surf School delivered by Surf Life Saving NSW facilitators will cover:

  • General beach safety messages
  • Rip identification
  • Sun smart strategies
  • Dangers of high risk activities such as rock fishing, boating and cliff jumping
  • Using the Beachsafe App

The Surf School will be delivered free of charge to schools and participants. SLSNSW will be travelling to Western Sydney schools providing the presentation and supplying students with a take home education package.

Surf Life Saving NSW Academy Education Manager, Pamela Simon, says initiatives such as these are vital in reducing the drowning toll.

“It is essential that before students living in Western Sydney reach the high risk age of 18, that they receive education in the dangers of coastal environments,” said Simon.

For further information and to register, contact SLSNSW Academy Education Manager, Pamela Simon, on 0407 100 382.

Tue 3 Sep 2013