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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 25 years.

Proudly sponsored by Clubs NSW and the Cancer Institute, rural primary schools in NSW have been benefiting from our Beach to Bush program for an incredible 25 years.

The week-long program, running from 19-23 November in 2018, was born out of research in 1994 that showed 50% of people rescued from the surf live more than 50km from the beach.

This year marks the 25th 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.

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

2018 Tours

  • Tour 1: Canberra
  • Tour 2: West Wyalong/Trundle
  • Tour 3: Young
  • Tour 4: Bourke
  • Tour 5: Tamworth/Narrabri
  • Tour 6: Lismore


We are seeking expressions of interest from members who would like to be a Presenter for this years program. Please contact Mike Anderson, Community Education Project Officer on 9471 8045.

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 -





Please specify student numbers by grade (K-6).