Early Stage 1 Teaching Resources

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

Creating quality teacher resources for Early Stage 1

At Surf Lifesaving NSW our mission is simple; save lives, create great Australians and build better communities. In order to do this, we want to provide our schools, teachers and students with the best possible programs, resources and opportunities to engage with us and learn about water safety, the beach and coastal environments. This Early Stage 1 Unit Outline resource has been created specifically to help teachers integrate beach and coastal safety information and broader water safety activities and our programs into your lesson plans in an easy and simple way.

About this Unit Outline

This unit delves into the amazing world of the beach, ocean and inland waterways and lays a foundational knowledge of coastal and inland water environment safety. Students will uncover hazards and learn how to keep safe and mitigate risks.


What you'll find in this Unit:




K-10 English, K-10 Geography, K-6 Creative Arts, K-10 PDHPE, K-10 Science









Key Inquiry Questions

  • How do we develop and apply contextual knowledge?
  • How do we respond to, read, view and compose texts?
  • What makes a place special?
  • How can we look after the places we live in?
  • What makes me unique?
  • How do we communicate our ideas using pictures, colour, sound, body movement and expression?
  • How can we care for and include each other?
  • What choices can help make me safe, supported and active?
  • What helps us to stay healthy and safe?
  • How do we make healthy and safe choices in different situations?
  • What do we notice about living things?
  • How can living things be used to meet our needs?
  • How can daily and seasonal changes affect the environment?

Key messages

  • Find the red and yellow flags and swim between them
  • Look for, and read the safety signs
  • Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety advice
  • Go swimming with an adult
  • Signal for help when you get into trouble in the water
  • Dangers of rip currents
  • If you are not sure if a marine creature or plant is a hazard, look from a distance and don’t touch it
  • Humans can use the aquatic environment to inspire research, creativity and innovation
  • The aquatic environment needs to be looked after so future generations can enjoy it.

Early Stage 1 Unit Outline and Activity Sheets

Please download the Early Stage 1 Unit Outline which includes the 3 week lesson plan and related activity sheets here.
Please download ALL of the above resources in a convenient zip file here.

Complement your students learning with our FREE programs:

This unit outline includes opportunities to bring the content to life by engaging with our lifesavers in our virtual session: Creatures Big & Small.

Lifesaver and students in a classroom

Bring a lifesaver to your school with our “Lifesaver @ my school” incursion. Our primary school program will focus on keeping safe at the beach and near inland waterways through fun and interactive games and activities.


We're bringing you all the latest beach and coastal education related news, programs and resources for NSW teachers via our On Patrol newsletter.

Learn more about available programs for primary students:

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.

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.

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.

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 to Bush (K-6)

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

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!

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