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Beach to Bush

Beach to Bush

Since 1994 our enthusiastic and interactive volunteer lifesavers have been visiting schools in rural and remote areas of NSW and the ACT to educate primary aged students about beach and water safety. So far we have delivered our message to 257,586 students and 1,853 schools.

Beach to Bush 2020 - Tour Locations

2020 was a record year as we extended our reach across all of rural and remote areas in NSW and the ACT, and also included virtual components allowing us to connect with more students and schools than ever before. After all, educating kids to stay safe in and around the water is key to our mission! 

  • Tour 1: Far North Coast – including Boomi,Tenterfield, Yetman, Bonalbo, Urbenville and Lismore
  • Tour 2: Hunter Valley – including Denman, Milbrodale, Lower Belford, Glen William, Martins Creek and Abermain
  • Tour 3: Northern Tablelands – including Armidale, Uralla, Woolbrook, Walcha
  • Tour 4: Upper Hunter Valley/Liverpool Plains – including Scone, Willow Tree, Quirindi, Gunnedah, Mullaley,Tamworth
  • Tour 5: Central Western Slopes/New England - including Pilliga, Coonamble, Tooraweenah, Mendooran, Warren, Merriwa,
  • Tour 6: Riverina & Central West – including Griffith, Ardlethan, Temora, Coolamon, Wagga Wagga, Kapooka and Naradhan
  • Tour 7: Blue Mountains/Central Tablelands - including Boorowa, Wyangala, Spring Hill, Lue, Kandos, Meadow Flat, Faulconbridge, Katoomba and Wentworth Falls
  • Tour 8: Southern Highlands – including Bowral, Glenquarry, Avoca, Marulan and Wingello
  • Tour 9: Canberra/ACT - including Franklin, Evatt, Spence, Pearce, Mawson, Red Hill, Warramanga and Deakin
  • Tour 10: Southern Riverina – including Jerilderie, Lowesdale, Humula, Tumut, Cooma
  • Tour 11: New England High Country – including Bundarra, Guyra, Warialda, Inverell, Ebor and Delungra
I liked all the learning because I did not know what a rip current was but now I do - 2019 Beach to Bush Participant

What do the students learn?

Our one-hour presentations focus on beach and water safety. Students learn about general beach safety, sun safety, rips and waves, sea creatures, basic first aid, rescues and getting help from a lifeguard. They will be presented with an award certificate to recognise their acquired learning outcomes after successfully participating in the program. We’ll also have a curriculum aligned guide against all content for this program available for teachers.

I liked the part with the bluebottle because of how long the tentacles actually they are - 2019 Beach to Bush Participant

Surf Life Saving NSW thanks the NSW Government and Your local club for their ongoing support which makes this program possible.