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For almost 20 years the Central Coast Branch has been delivering an innovative and successful program to thousands of school students to help keep them safe while at the beach.

This dedication to safety has been recognised at a state level with the Branch taking home the award of Community Education Program of the Year for a second straight summer.

“We see it as an extremely important program that we deliver to all primary schools across the Central Coast,” said Central Coast Surf Life Saving President Stuart Harvey.

“We go out there and deliver those safety messages and we know that those messages go out into the wider community. To us this is a positive and helps contribute to the very small number of drownings that we have on our local beaches.”

Thousands of students have benefited from the passion and knowledge of the lifesavers involved in this program and the phenomenal growth each season is a testament to the passion and dedication of all involved.

Last season, Surf Life Saving Central Coast delivered the Surf Fun Day Program to almost 4000 students, the Surf Survival program to 193 students and Inclusive support units program to 39 students.

Additionally the free classroom program Beach Smart Talks reached nearly 20,000 students across 50 Primary schools.

This year the Central Coast Branch also supported a program to help educate the Korean community in Western Sydney on beach safety as many of these residents often visit the coast due to the abundance of beach and water activities.

They hope to grow these programs in future years.

“Our 15 clubs all deserve credit for this award. We have wonderful staff but ultimately it comes down to the support we get from our clubs, all the volunteers and the community that helps us get these messages across,” Mr Harvey concluded.

The 2017 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Over 300 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around the state gathered at Sydney’s iconic The Hilton Hotel to celebrate the season that was.


Wednesday 9 August 2017