Beach to Bush | WE'RE COMING TO YOUR AREA IN 2019! 

Australia’s most popular primary aged surf education program returns for a forth year. It's tipped to be a record breaking year, as we aim to reach over over 6,000 Tasmanian's Grades 1 and 2 primary school students getting a lesson on surf safety from Surf Life Saving Tasmania’s volunteer Lifesavers.

Beach to Bush is the most significant educational initiative of Surf Life Saving and has been delivered to schools for over 25 years. The program aims to educate young people about safety at the beach and in other aquatic environments - pools, rivers, dams and lakes. In 2019, 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.

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.

Register your schools interest here: 

2019 | Beach to Bush Expression of interest link 

Date ranges for areas:

21st-23rd Oct: Hobart's Eastern Shore (incl. East Coast)
28th Oct-1st Nov: Hobart's Northern Suburbs
4th-8th Nov: Hobart area
11th-15th Nov: Southern Hobart/Channel
18th-22nd Nov: Launceston & surrounding areas
25th Nov-4th Dec: North-West Tasmania



2019 High School Surf League - Results

High School Surf League kicked off it's statewide event on the North West coast as over 100 students participated at Preservation Bay in Penguin. The popular High School Surf League conducted by Surf Life Saving Tasmania kicks then headed to Kingston Beach for its southern event.

This incredibly successful program aimed for high school students has been running for a number of years, growing in popularity and evolving to include a number of new events that further complement the exciting competition program. 

“The High School Surf League is all about inclusivity, participation and fun. Ultimately, the program is designed to introduce students to surf life saving skills and competition in a challenging format, enabling students to put their abilities to the test against the surf environment and students from other local schools.

The High School Surf League encompasses activities relating to ocean swimming, beach sprints and flags, board paddling and surf rescue disciplines.”said Leanne Johannesen, Training and Community Programs Manager.

This year’s program will saw 15 schools and over 260 high school students registered to participate. In the south, Mackillop Catholic College and Marist Regional College were tipped to be top point scorers with strong numbers, recent involvement in surf lifesaving schools programs and considering previous years performances. We saw Bayview Secondary College and Wynyard High School represented for the first time. The event scoring is designed to ensure a level playing field is had as teams with surf club members have two points per student deducted off their overall score –making it, really anyone’s race!

2020 High School Surf League - Dates for your diary! 

NORTHERN - Tuesday 17th March - 9.30am (briefing) - 2.30pm at North West Location, TBC

SOUTHERN - Thursday 19th March - 9.30am (briefing) - 2.30pm at Southern Location, TBC

If your school wishes to be part of the event next year or would like more information on the other schools programs offered by SLST, please contact us by email or call us on 6216 7800. 

Looking forward to seeing you in 2020! 

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 Ondine at 

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

For more information on our other schools and community programs, go to or email Leanne Johannesen (Training and Community Programs 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.