Learn how to stay safe at the beach with our lifesavers Grace, Liam & Louise as they take your children on a narrated journey with Annie as she goes on holiday to the beach. Best suited for children K-2.

Staying Safe at the Beach

Annie learnt a lot about how to stay safe in the water when two surf lifesavers visited her school.

When Annie goes on holidays to the beach with her family she discovers that the sea is unpredictable. She is initially wary of the waves but after meeting the lifesavers, and with the help of her Dad, Annie soon discovers the joys of swimming in the sea.

Annie’s confidence grows until she experiences a surging wave that drags her into deep water. Will she remember how to tell the surf lifesavers she needs help?

Annie is talking to a lifesaver at the beach

Storytime with our Lifesavers!

Children from ages 3- 8 will be engaged throughout our book reading as they learn about beach and ocean safety. They will have opportunities to respond to questions from our lifesavers as they learn key beach and ocean safety messages.

Watch Annies story!

Key Learnings

  • Surf Lifesavers wear red and yellow.
  • You should always swim between the red and yellow flags.
  • Some beaches are safer then others.
  • There are different kinds of waves, some are safer then others.
  • If you get into difficulty in the water, stay calm and raise our hand to show lifesavers you need help.
  • Be sun safe at the beach. Wear a hat and rash vest and dont forget to put on sunscreen before you go out in the sun.
  • Always swim with a responsible adult.

"Remember you should always swim between the red and yellow flags and never go in the water alone!"

Join one of our sessions

We are continually creating program for schools, communities, multicultural groups and early childhood centres. To learn more about being safe at the beach you are welcome to register for any of our sessions:

Creatures Big & Small (K-2)

Come and explore the ocean and beach with a real lifesaver and learn about the amazing creatures that live within the sea in our FREE virtual sessions.

Ocean Myth Busters (3-6)

Come and explore some of the greatest myths of the ocean and coast with a real lifesaver in our FREE virtual sessions.

Beach to Bush (K-6)

Bring the beach to your school with our lifesavers. Our very popular annual primary aged surf education program is returning for its 28th year in 2021!

Sporting Schools (K-6)

The Sporting Schools program is for all primary school students K-6 keen to learn water and beach skills through Surf Life Saving. The program brings schools and sports together to help Aussie children get active.

NSW Teachers School Newsletter

On Patrol Newsletter with the Surf Life Saving NSW Community Education team! Bringing you all the latest beach & coastal education related news, programs and resources for NSW teachers and schools.

Beach & Ocean Sensory Sessions

Our Early Childhood Sensory Play Sessions have been created to provide young children, teachers and parents with education around coastal and inland waterways safety.

Meet a Lifesaver

A session just for our little ones... Have your students say hello to a real Lifesaver either virtually or in your early childhood centre.

Lifesaver @ My School (K-6)

Bring a Lifesaver to your school and give your students the opportunity to learn about beach and ocean safety in their own classroom and backyard.

Primary Teaching Resources

Curriculum linked unit outlines with a 3 week staged based lesson plan for teachers to download.

What else would you like to learn about beach & ocean safety?

How to stay safe at the beach

The beach is for everyone to enjoy. Knowing how to stay safe while at the beach will make sure that you and your family have the best day possible.

What is a wave?

Waves can be fun. You can dive under them, jump over them, watch them gently roll to shore or be awed by their power as they crash on the beach. So how are they formed?

What is a rip?

Rip currents are one of the biggest dangers at the beach. Knowing what a rip is, how to spot one and how to avoid one is key to staying safe at the beach.

What is a lifesaver?

Each summer over 20,000 members of SLSNSW put on the iconic red and yellow uniforms at beaches across the state. So who exactly are these heroes in red and yellow? Let's find out!

Learn about marine creatures

There are lots of amazing marine creatures that live in the ocean and on our beaches. What are the ones you should look out for when you visit the beach?