Lifesavers from the Northern Illawarra have taken part in an innovative program designed to teach surf safety to thousands of school students across NSW.
The Illawarra region plays a crucial role in the Blackspots Surf School, which aims to teach Western Sydney High School students how to stay safe at the beach. Since it’s inception in 1994, the program has reached 270,000 young people.
As an extension of that, a lifesaver from the Northern Illawarra has hit the road for a week for Surf Lifesaving NSW’s Beach to Bush program.
President of Scarborough-Wombarra Surf Club Bindi Adams travelled to schools around Goulburn, talking to the kids about staying safe at the beach.
“It’s appealing to be able to take our message of safety on the road and reach more people,” says Bindi. “The kids have been incredibly receptive to the message, that anybody dressed in red and yellow is there to help you.”
Beach to Bush is in its third year, and has already taken the surf safety message to 10,000 rural and regional students aged between 13 and 17, aiming to reduce their risk of drowning. It’s also hoped the students pass on what they’ve learned to their friends and family.
The Beach to Bush Program is supported by ClubsNSW and the NSW Cancer Institute and is the largest and most innovative surf safety program in Australia.
Photo- Bindi Adams. Thanks to Surf Lifesaving NSW