On Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd March, we invited all High Schools to participate in the 2017 High School Surf League competition. The event focuses on fun, team work, promotion of participation and aquatic skills development through surf sports. Through the High School Surf League program students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of surf sports both ocean and beach including swimming, board paddling, board rescue and relays, beach sprints, beach flags and ironman. We encourage all schools, to have a go and GET INVOLVED AND GET ACTIVE!
Students compete against themselves, the ocean and other school teams, in a safe environment that encourages participation. Teams are broken into two age or grade groups, Grades 7 and 8 and Grades 9 and 10. The event takes approximately four hours to complete from the initial team briefing, the competition and presentation. Small schools are encouraged to get involved, as we will were possible combine your students with other schools and make up composite teams.
The dates for the next High School Surf League are to be confirmed. However, we are currently consulting with schools on a possible November event this year. WATCH THIS SPACE...for more information.
If your school wishes to be part of it or would like more information on the program, please express your interest now and email Leanne Johannesen (Education, Development & Surf Sports Manager).
The Beach To Bush program, is the largest and most innovative surf safety education program in the country.
The program involves experienced and highly qualified surf lifesavers volunteering to travel to regional areas in all states and territories to teach primary school children important surf safety messages.
SLSA statistics reveal beach goers who live more than 50 kms from beaches are over-represented in drowning statistics.
The Beach To Bush program involves trained surf lifesavers, armed with beach signs, safety flags and rescue boards, delivering an interactive 45 to 60 minute education session featuring;
• A demonstration of warning signs
• A demonstration of basic surf rescue equipment
• Video and interactive sessions
While the Beach to Bush program focuses primarily on beach safety, it also touches upon general aquatic safety skills to ensure children are safe in their own backyards.
SLST is committed to increasing and improving the level of surf safety education in schools around the nation.
The 2016 Beach to Bush program will begin 31st October through to 16th December. Please contact Tom Gauden is you wish to take part.
Surf Life Saving Tasmania is offering a number of fun and interactive educational opportunities for High Schools Students leading in to summer.
With a bumper summer predicted, SLST can help you provide your students with a practical understanding of coastal environments and offer guidance on how to have a safe and fun experience at the beach.
Program One: Understanding Coastal Environments
This is a popular 100 min interactive classroom visit from a surf lifesaver, who walks through developing an understanding of beach and surf characteristics, applying basic principles of risk management and an introduction to CPR.
Program Two: Coastal Experience Session
For those students (schools) wishing to get wet, Surf Life Saving Tasmania can provide a safe and engaging 180 minute mix of surf theory and surf activity at a local beach for your class.
Program Three: Surf Survival Certificate
Provides a pathway to joining a Surf Life Saving Club and becoming a surf lifesaver. All participants are introduced to local surf life saving clubs and invited to join in on a patrol day over summer.
The course consists of one day in the classroom and a day based at a local surf life saving club. Participants learn about coastal environments and how this effects enjoyment and safety, basic first aid, CPR, and several aquatic rescue techniques.
For further information on Surf Education opportunities, or to book in to a course, please contact Surf Life Saving Tasmania on (03) 6222 6555
Other school education initiatives
School education programs provide a popular and important introduction to the surf environment for many school children. SLSA currently provides education packages through its Surf Survival, Surf Awareness, Surf Smart and Surf Safety programs.
These programs are specially designed to give students skills that will develop their understanding of the surf environment and give them basic survival and rescue skills.