Raising Awareness

Community Programs

Our Community Awareness Team is out there educating members of the community about the importance of surf, beach and aquatic safety all year round.

Away from the beach, SLSQ continues to work hard in the community to promote surf safety education and awareness as a crucial part of breaking the drowning cycle. Each year SLSQ delivers a range of programs which aim to change behaviours and save lives through education and an increased understanding of our key beach safety messages.

In fact, SLSQ educates more than 500,000 people about surf safety each and every year. This frontline approach to safety allows the public to make informed, and potentially life saving, decisions before even stepping onto a beach.

Through targeted programs, educational resources, school and community visits and an increasing presence at selected events, SLSQ is ensuring that high risk groups and the general community can benefit from our comprehensive and engaging surf safety messages. Regardless of the program, location, presenter or audience, the overarching message is always the same – prevention is better than cure, and educated swimmers are safer swimmers.

Whilst SLSQ’s community awareness initiatives are aimed to educate all members of the community, various programs have been developed to target high-risk groups that include:

  • Children aged 5-11 years old
  • 18-25 year old males
  • Rural population
  • International tourists
  • Domestic tourists, and
  • Non-English speaking populations.

We are continually developing innovative programs and resources to deliver our vital surf safety messages to these groups. We actively partner with key community organisations to deliver our vital surf and beach safety messages to our local and regional communities, as well as domestic and international visitors.

Our Community Awareness initiatives include partnering with organisations such as:

  • Queensland Government Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
  • Breaka Flavoured Milk
  • South Bank Corporation
  • Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)
  • Tourism Queensland
  • Queensland Health
  • Queensland Government Department of Multicultural Affairs
  • Cairns Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
  • Redland City Council

Queensland Health Beach Safe Schools Program

The Queensland Health Beach Safe Schools program delivers vital surf safety messages to primary school children via classroom surf education sessions from volunteer surf lifesavers in a fun and interactive environment.

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On The Same Wave

SLSQ has been working in partnership with the Queensland Government to help reduce beach fatalities and injuries among the state’s growing migrant and refugee population. The ‘On the Same Wave’ initiative provides surf safety education to Queenslanders of all backgrounds in their primary language.

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Little Lifesavers

The Little Lifesavers program is a great introduction for children aged five to 11 to surf lifesaving without having to travel to the beach or join a surf life saving club. Throughout the program, children will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of games, sports, and educational activities to teach them how to stay safe at the beach.

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Breaka Beach to Bush

The Breaka Beach to Bush Program offers students in regional areas an introduction to surf lifesaving and the vital surf safety skills required to stay safe in an aquatic environment. Qualified surf lifesavers visit classrooms across the country to deliver surf safety lessons using lifesaving equipment.

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Surf Skills & Awareness Programs for Schools

Surf Life Saving Queensland programs and resources are all about combining education and fun to get the surf safety message across. Our courses and programs range from introductory sessions through to nationally recognised lifesaving awards.

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