Stage 3 Teaching Resources

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

Creating quality teacher resources for Stage 3

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 3 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. This unit uses artefacts to explore the scientific and mathematical knowledge of aquatic environments.


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 can I manage transitions and challenges?
  • How do empathy, inclusion and respect have an impact on myself and others?
  • How can we use strategies and tactics to create solutions to movement challenges?
  • How can we work with others to build positive relationships during physical activity?
  • How do the structural and behavioural features of living things support survival?
  • How responsible am I for my own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing?
  • What actions positively influence the health, safety and wellbeing of my community?
  • How do people and environments influence one another?
  • How do people influence places and the management of spaces within them?
  • How do I measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, area, weight and temperature?
  • How do physical conditions affect the survival of living things?
  • How do components of digital systems interact with each other to transmit data?
  • How do the components of digital systems connect together to form networks?
  • How do I compare the areas of regular and irregular shapes?
  • How do I manipulate, classify and draw two dimensional shapes, including equilateral, isosceles and scalene triangles, and describe their properties?
  • How do I construct, estimate, measure and compare known and unknown angles using degrees?
  • How do I use appropriate methods to collect data and construct, interpret and evaluate data displays, including dot plots, line graphs and two-way tables?
  • How do I interpret and compare a range of data displays, including side-by-side column graphs for two categorical variables?
  • How do I critically evaluate data representations found in digital media and related claims?

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 3 Unit Outline and Activity Sheets

Please download the Stage 3 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:

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.

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