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Beach to Bush

The Beach to Bush Program is the most significant educational initiative of Surf Life Saving and has been delivered to rural NSW schools for 26 years.

Proudly sponsored by Cancer Institute NSW and Your local club, rural primary schools in NSW have been benefiting from our Beach to Bush program for an incredible 26 years.

2019 Tours

  • Tour 1: Canberra
  • Tour 2: Dubbo
  • Tour 3: Wagga Wagga
  • Tour 4: Deniliquin
  • Tour 5: Orange
  • Tour 6: Tamworth

When is Beach to Bush?

Stay tuned for the 2020 dates!

What is Beach to Bush?

Beach to Bush is a FREE engaging, interactive presentation delivered by experienced and enthusiastic lifesavers who are on the road for one week in November visiting schools across rural and regional NSW.

The aim is to improve the beach safety knowledge and awareness among primary school students that they can then pass onto their families when visiting the coast over the summer.

What Does the Program Cover?

  • General beach safety messages
  • Skin cancer prevention strategies
  • Rip and wave identification
  • Sea creatures and first aid
  • Rescues and getting help
  • Safety in other aquatic environments (pools, creeks, waterholes)

How Does it Work?

Our qualified surf lifesavers will visit your school to deliver the program to your students. Each presentation is around an hour duration. We will look at the number of students you have at each year level, and then determine how many sessions to hold at your school. Parents are most welcome to attend.

What is the Cost?

Beach to Bush is a FREE program proudly supported by Cancer Institute NSW and Your local club. Each student will be provided with take-home Beach to Bush resources to reinforce safety messages and share with their families.

Did You Know...

  • Over a 10 year period (2008-18), 29% of coastal drownings occurred greater than 5km from a patrolled location
  • During the 2017/18 season there were 39 coastal drowning deaths in NSW
  • Beach to Bush has been delivered to 257,033 students and 1,810 schools over the past 26 years and we would love to visit your school this year!

This year marked the 26th year of the program which started in 1994 and is free for schools along the tour routes. To date, the program has educated 250,848 young people about safety at the beach and other aquatic environments.The week-long program was born out of research in 1994 that showed 50% of people rescued from the surf live more than 50km from the beach.

Be Sun Safe!

Whilst at the beach or outdoors, protect your skin in 5 ways:

  1. Seek shade, especially during peak UV periods (10am-2pm or 11am-3pm during daylight saving).
  2. Wear sun protective clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible, especially your shoulders, arms and legs.
  3. Apply SPF 30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before heading outdoors and then reapply every 2 hours.
  4. Wear a broad brimmed hat that protects the face, neck and ears.
  5. Wear sunglasses that fit the face well and wrap around the sides of your face.

For more information on Sun Safety, visit the Cancer Institute NSW website -

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