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2020 Beach to Bush

Beach to Bush

Bring the beach to your school with our lifesavers - our annual Beach to Bush Presentation tour is coming in 2021!

Our very popular primary aged surf education program is returning for its 28th year! The 2021 program will look a little different than previous years but still jam packed with fun, educational sessions that will engage students and their teachers.

Since 1994 our enthusiastic and interactive volunteer lifesavers have been visiting schools in rural and remote areas of NSW to educate primary aged students about beach and water safety. So far we have delivered our message to 266,610 students and 1,926 schools.

Beach to Bush 2021 - The BIG BEACH WEEK

All registered Beach to Bush 2021 schools will dive in with us to celebrate the first week of summer with a whole week of virtual, livestream and school activities.

Join our dedicated lifesavers as we explore the oceans and beaches together, where students will learn how to stay safe in and around our waterways and on the coast. This week will also coincide with National Water Safety Day where we will be encouraging students and teachers to wear red and yellow for the day, raising awareness of the importance of swimming between the red and yellow flags.

  • Live Presentations - From the coast by our dedicated lifesavers
  • Competitions - There's great prizes up for grabs for students, families, and schools!
  • Livestreams - Meet our lifesavers as they explore the coastline
  • Red & Yellow Day - Celebrate the first day of summer and National Water Safety Day
  • Teacher Resources - We will provide you with lesson plans and activity sheets for the week for all your students
  • B2B Kit - Each registered school will receive a complimentary Surf Life Saving NSW kit to enhance learnings. This kit will be full of many of the items we would usually bring to you as part of the Beach to Bush experience, inclusive of a real Surf Life Saving uniform and rescue tube!

Important dates

  • 8 - 11 November: A kit full of SLSNSW resources will be shipped to your school
  • 15 November: Confirmation of your virtual session time and date with our lifesavers
  • 29 November - 3 December: Beach to Bush 2021 – BIG BEACH WEEK
  • 1 December: Red & Yellow Day (this day will be embedded into the week of activities)

What will the students learn?

Our presentations focus on beach and inland water safety. Students will learn about general beach safety, sun safety, rips and waves, sea creatures, basic first aid, rescues and getting help from a lifeguard. We’ll also have a curriculum aligned guide against all content for this program available for teachers.

Best of all this program is free as it’s a fully funded program from SLSNSW, thanks to the support of the NSW Government and Your local club!

Thank you for teaching us about water safety. I learnt that it is very important to stay inside the flags, stay calm, put your hand straight up. I learnt so much because of you sharing all your information - 2020 Beach to Bush Participant

More Information

If you would like further information please contact the Community Education team at

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


Red & Yellow Day 2021

Get your school involved in Red and Yellow Day, Wednesday, 1 December, and help celebrate National Water Safety Day!

All schools are invited to get involved and help raise awareness about the importance of swimming between the red and yellow flags by allowing students to dress in red and yellow for the day.

Schools will receive a free resource pack filled with fun beach safety classroom activities and be given access to livestreams and online content directly from our surf lifesavers on the coast.

Register now, get involved and help keep your community safe this summer!