Surf Education & Activities for Primary Schools 

Beach to Bush (Grades 1 & 2)

Warrane PrimaryBeach to Bush is the most significant educational initiative of Surf Life Saving and has been delivered to schools for over 20 years. The program aims to educate young people about safety at the beach and in other aquatic environments - pools, rivers, dams and lakes. In 2017, SLST will be delivering the program within Primary Schools for Grade 1 and 2 by offering a free 1-hours aquatic safety presentation delivered by Lifesavers across the state.

When? The program will be held across Tasmania from Tuesday 3rd October - Thursday 21st December 2017 - just in time for summer and school holidays!

What does it cover?

  • General beach safety messages
  • Sun Safety
  • Rips and waves
  • Sea creatures and basic first aid
  • Rescues and getting help
  • Safety in other aquatic environments (pools, rivers, dams and lakes)

Cost - Beach to Bush is a fully funded presentation delivered by Surf Life Saving Tasmania. Each student will be presented with take-home Beach to Bush giveaways and info pack to reinforce safety messages and share with their families.

2017 Beach to Bush Flyer

2017 Beach to Bush - Schedule

Ready.Set.Rescue (ASC Sporting School) (Grades 3 to 6) 

Ready.Set.Rescue comprises fun and educational activities that provide students with a practical approach to familiarising themselves with their local open water environments, including beaches, rivers, lakes, dams and pools throughout Tasmania. With a major emphasis on water safety, the program teaches and empowers students to use lifesaving skills. Many of whom may be experiencing surf life saving for the first time.

Ready.Set.Rescue is supported by the Tasmanian Department of Education Swimming and Water Safety Program and is currently available to all primary schools across Tasmania as part of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Sporting Schools Program.

This summer, your school and pupils is invited to participate in a ‘beach experience’ whilst trying their hand in a variety of surf life saving events and also complete against themselves, the ocean and in some cases other schools, in an environment that encourages participation to earn points for their teams. It is optional that the program involves a competition component that  will encompass activities of surf, craft, rescue and beach events. We offer a number of different timing options and can cater to your schools needs and wants.

Ready.Set.Rescue Leaflet 

For costings and to request more information, contact Leanne

First Aid and CPR in schools (Grade 5+)

First Aid skills within schools are essential for students and teachers. The skills gained can make a difference and possibly save a life. Surf Life Saving Tasmania offers flexible course delivery in schools. Durations listed below can be tailored to half day or hourly instruction to suit your school timetable. These prices are based on minimum numbers. Our qualified trainers can come to your campus and deliver CPR, first aid and other training to students and staff, both in an introductory form and VET accredited.

Cost – From $7.50 per student

To request more information, contact Leanne

Surf Education & Activities for High Schools

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.

Surf Survival (Grade 7+)

Surf Survival is a blended classroom/ beach experience. The aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge of basic surf awareness to be able to safely enjoy surf activities. The course provides an understanding of the surf environment and an introduction to rescue techniques and first aid. Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive the SLSA Surf Survival Certificate. Surf Survival links nicely with the SLSA Surf Rescue Certificate, that is a pathway into club Patrolling.

Cost – From $25 per student

To request more information, contact Leanne

High School Surf League

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).  

March 2017 - Results 

For more information on our other schools and community programs, go to or email Leanne Johannesen (Education, Development & Surf Sports Manager). 

To download the SLST Surf Life Saving in Schools Leaflet here

Please note: All SLST Community Program Staff hold a current Working with Vunerable Persons Check. Your school will be provided this information once shifts/ jobs have been allocated.

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.