Since 1994, NSW surf lifesavers have been visiting schools in rural and remote areas in regional NSW to educate primary school students about beach, coastal and water safety. The 2021 program was held from 29th November to 3rd December.

2021 was a challenging year with many restrictions in place in NSW regional schools

While our Lifesavers could not meet rural NSW students in person, they still dedicated their time, energy and knowledge of beach, coastal and waterways safety to schools by presenting live virtual sessions from their Surf Lifesaving Clubs along the NSW coastline.

During Beach to Bush week our committed surf lifesavers met over 7000 students in our very engaging virtual sessions as part of our inaugural BIG BEACH WEEK, continuing the tradition of making make a lasting impact on students and their families when they visit the coastline and waterways.

James team B2B2021
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Thank you lifeguards for taking the time to zoom us and teach us about beach safety. On behalf of Nemingha public school we thank you for your time and effort we all learnt something very helpful for next time.
NEMINGHA PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT

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Video highlights from our 2021 program...

ON TOUR WITH B2B 2021!

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A worthwhile program with very important messages and learning for children leading into the summer break, even for us way out here in the back country as majority of families will visit the beach at sometime.
RURAL SCHOOL TEACHER

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One of our Beach to Bush 2021 student tells us what he had learnt from meeting our lifesavers

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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.

Annie & the Waves

Learn how to stay safe at the beach with our lifesavers Grace, Liam & Louise. They will take your children on a narrated journey with Annie as she goes on holiday to the beach.

What is a surf lifesaver?

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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 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?

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?

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.

Beach to Bush 2021

For the first time Beach to Bush 2021 was brought to schools virtually with over 7000 students meeting our dedicated lifesavers.

Lifesaver @ My School (K-6)

Our Lifesaver @ My School program brings our qualified lifesavers right into your classroom! Students from K to 6 will learn about beach and ocean safety.

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.

Primary Teaching Resources

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

Early Stage 1

This curriculum based Early Stage 1 Unit Outline includes a 3 week, staged based, lesson plan and activities for teachers to download.

Stage 1

This curriculum based Stage 1 Unit Outline includes a 3 week, staged based, lesson plan and activities for teachers to download.

Stage 2

This curriculum based Stage 1 Unit Outline includes a 3 week, staged based, lesson plan and activities for teachers to download.

Stage 3

This curriculum based Stage 3 Unit Outline includes a 3 week, staged based, lesson plan and activities for teachers to download.

Beach to Bush (K-6)

Each year our volunteer lifesavers go "bush" to educate students about beach and water safety.

Beach to Bush 2020

Beach to Bush 2020 was an amazing tour with over 9000 students attending a beach and coastal safety session with our lifesavers over three weeks.

Beach to Bush 2022

Bring the beach to your school with our lifesavers. Our very popular annual primary aged surf education program is returning for its 29th year in 2022!