Stage 2 Teaching Resources

This curriculum based Stage 2 Unit Outline includes a 3 week, staged based, lesson plan and activities for teachers to download.

Creating quality teacher resources for Stage 2

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 Stage 2 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

The beach, coastline and inland waterways are a source of inspiration, a place of discovery and at times generating myths and uncertainties that can alter the confidence and ability to make informed safety decisions by those who are using the beach and waterways. Your students will discover how river systems form and how they reach the coast. They will use "real world" water safety scenarios to create strategies to remove risk and danger to make the situation safe.


What you'll find in this Unit:




K-10 English, K-10 PDHPE, K-10 Geography, K-10 Mathematics, K-10 Science & Technology









Key Inquiry Questions

  • How do we develop and apply contextual knowledge?
  • How do we respond to, read, view and compose texts?
  • How do we develop and apply language forms and features?
  • How does who I am influence others?
  • How can we manage change?
  • Why are empathy, inclusion and respect important in our relationships?
  • How do I compare the areas of regular and irregular shapes?
  • How can I take action to enhance my own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity?
  • What skills and strategies do we need to be healthy, safe and empowered?
  • Why are places similar and different?
  • How does the environment support people and other things?
  • How do I measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, area, weight and temperature?
  • How do I select and trial methods for data collection, including survey questions and recording sheets?
  • How do I construct suitable data displays, with and without the use of digital technologies, from given or collected data?
  • How do natural processes and human actions change the earth’s surface over time?
  • How can we group living things?
  • How are environments and living things interdependent?

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

Stage 2 Unit Outline and Activity Sheets

Please download the Stage 2 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: Ocean Myth Busters.


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:

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.

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.

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