Surf lifesavers go from Beach to Bush giving vital water safety lessons
Queensland school students and communities are about to receive vital water safety lessons ahead of summer, when some of the state’s finest surf lifesavers descend into regional towns from 14 to the 18 October as part of the Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) Breaka Beach to Bush program.
Beach to Bush has been running in Queensland since 1998 and is the largest and most innovative surf safety education program in Australia, having reached more than 270,000 primary school students since it was incorporated across all states and Territories in 2003.
This year we welcome Breaka as our major sponsor for the Queensland Beach to Bush program.
Close to 7,500 students across 38 schools throughout Queensland as well as local residents at four community events will receive surf and water safety education from the four tours.
Communities from as far south west as Cunnamulla, central west to Windorah, north west of Charleville as well as Julia Creek, Cloncurry and Mt Isa further north in western Queensland will welcome the unique sight of surf lifesavers to act as class room teachers and impart water safety tips and techniques.
This year will also see surf lifesavers on a unique Marine Stinger Beach to Bush tour with world renowned marine stinger expert, Dr Jamie Seymour – SLSQ Marine Stinger Advisor and Associate Professor at James Cook University – as they visit schools on Horn Island and Thursday Island as well as speak at two community events in the Torres Strait.
Although the skills and safety lessons focus on surf conditions and how to stay safe when visiting the beach, they can be applied to any type of water situation, including rivers, dams, creeks, pools or other waterways.
SLSQ Senior Community Awareness Coordinator, Donna Walls said as Australians, we have a love of the water, be it at the beach, the pool or kicking back in a country dam.
“Breaka Beach to Bush is a Surf Life Saving initiative that ensures Queensland kids are aware of how to stay safe and what to look out for when swimming so that we can all enjoy our time in the water,” Donna Walls said.
Students will receive vital water safety tips by taking part in an interactive presentation with a focus on swimming between the red and yellow flags, always following safety signs and looking out for each other while enjoying the water.
“With summer and holidays just around the corner, Breaka Beach to Bush helps our surf lifesavers continue to spread important messages far and wide throughout Queensland,” Donna Walls said.
“Breaka Beach to Bush provides much needed surf and water safety lessons to children in regional communities who may not have had as much exposure to water safety lessons as those who live close to the beach.
“This is a fantastic program, delivering life saving know how in a fun and engaging way.”