Originally from Lebanon, Nasim had a near drowning experience while at the beach with his friends. Watch Nasim tell his story and how this experience changed him.

Watch Nasim's Story

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What can we learn from Nasim's story?



Research before you leave home
Don't wait until you get to the beach to see the conditions. Use an app like Beachsafe and research the conditions before you leave home.


Swim between the red & yellow flags
Pick a patrolled beach to swim at and make sure you stay between the red and yellow flags so that Lifesavers can see you and be there to help you.


Observe the conditions
The ocean is a wild and uncontrolled place. It's important to always stop and take the time to observe the conditions before you jump in to make sure that it is safe to do so.


Listen to your gut
It is important to pay attention to your senses. Observe the environment around you and if you have a feeling that is telling you it is not safe to swim, then don't go in.


Feeling scared is normal
Don't feel embarrassed or ashamed to feel scared. Feeling scared is a way for your brain to help you avoid risky and dangerous situations.


Never swim alone
Having friends around us means that if we do get into trouble there is always someone around us to help.


Stay calm
If you do get into trouble in the water stay calm and try to conserve your energy by floating.


Learn to swim & survive
It is never too late to learn to swim and survive. Keep yourself and your family and friends safe by learning the skills to enjoy our beautiful beaches and waterways safely.


Know Your Limit
We all want to have fun and have a good time, but risking our lives and the lives of others is not worth a good time. Be aware of what you can and cannot do and know your limit.

It is never too late to learn to swim and most aquatic centres will run adults swim classes. Nasim searched online and found a local mens swimming group near him called Swim Brothers. Click below to learn more about how you can get involved.

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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 surf 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?

What is a rip current?

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 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?


Before you visit the beach go to the Beach Safe website. Find a beach near you including local conditions, lifesaving services, safety advice and information about flags, signs, rips, and waves.

Learn & Play in your Language

Welcome to our multilingual hub! Here you will learn in your own language about the beach, rip currents, lifesavers, rock fishing and most importantly how you and your family and friends can stay safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches.