QUEENSLAND HEALTH BEACH SAFE SCHOOLS PROGRAM
The Queensland Health Beach presentation is delivered all year round to schools, universities, corporate and senior groups all over the state by volunteer lifesavers. Each year the program travels to schools across Queensland, educating students on how to stay safe on our beaches.
The program aims to change behaviours and save lives through education and increased understanding of vital beach safety messages in a fun and interactive environment. Students and adults that take part in the program will develop skills, attitudes and awareness that will keep them safe around water now and into the future. The practical 45 minute session involves the FLAGS principle, warning signs and a demonstration of basic surf rescue equipment.
Each year the program travels to over 130 schools, educating more than 50,000 students on how to stay safe on Queensland beaches and assist SLSQ in reaching our vision of ‘Zero preventable deaths in QLD public waters’.
This program is delivered free of charge thanks to Queensland Health funding, and every child will receive a Beach Safe Schools activity booklet.
|Prep to Year 6||45 mins||undercover area/ assembly area/ hall|
|Prep to Year 2||30 mins||undercover area/ assembly area/ classroom/ hall|
|Year 3 to Year 6||45 mins||undercover area/ assembly area/ classroom/ hall|
|Year 7 to Year 12||45 mins||assembly area/ classroom/ hall|
|Universities||30 mins||lecture hall/ auditorium|
|Corporate||30 mins||meeting/ conference room|
|Seniors||30 mins||common room|
Based on Age Levels
|FLAGS: How to find the red and yellow flags, why we should swim there and identify other important flags at the beach.||Including Primary School information|
|SIGNS: How to read beach signs and understand the danger represented by each sign.||Surf Life Saving QLD facts and figures|
|SUN SAFETY: Educating students on the importance of sun safety all year round.||Current rescue and drowning statistics|
|RIP CURRENTS: How to spot a rip current and how to get out of a rip.||Current rescue and drowning statistics|
|SIGNAL FOR HELP: Demonstration on how to signal for assistance.||Video footage of a rescue|
|MARINE CREATURES AND STINGERS: Students are taught about a diverse range of marine creatures and stingers including correct treatment of stings. (Year 3-6 only)||How they can get involved|
|EQUIPMENT: Children learn about lifesavers’ uniforms and equipment through interaction and a rescue demonstration.|
|WATER SAFETY TIPS: How to swim safely in other waterways i.e. lakes, dams, creeks|
|Primary Levels||Secondary/ Adult/ Seniors|