On The Same Wave Program

The On the Same Wave program is delivered to migrants, refugees and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

The program aims to help reduce beach fatalities and incidents amongst the growing migrant and refugee population across Queensland by educating them on beach and water safety.

Each year the program educates more than 15,000 people on how to stay safe on Queensland beaches.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has a COVID-19 Safe Industry Plan in place for all our programs.



The program is delivered free of charge thanks to Queensland Health funding.

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Please contact our Community Awareness team for a quote and program proposal. The price depends on the number of people, water safety requirements and how long the program runs for.


Please select the relevant language/s to download a beach safety fact sheet.


The 15 – 20-minute presentation educates multicultural community members on beach safety in a clear and easy to understand way.

Presentation is delivered in a room with computer access for a powerpoint presentation.

 Flags How to find the red and yellow flags, why we should swim there and identify other important flags at the beach
Signs How to read beach signs and understand the danger represented by each sign
Sun Safety Educating students on the importance of sun safety all year round
Signal for Help Demonstration on how to signal for assistance
Rip Currents How to spot a rip current and how to get out of a rip
Don’t Drink and Swim Educating participants on the dangers associated with swimming after consuming alcohol

Beach Practical Program

Programs can run for two hours at a mutually desired beach location.

The following activities are included in the practical beach program

  • Beach Safety – identify flags, signs, rips and lifesavers/lifeguards as well as how to signal for assistance.
  • Beach Activitiesbeach and water flags, relays and team building games
  • Water Activities – board paddling, body boarding, dolphin diving, wading, body surfing
  • Rescues – tube rescues and board rescues.
  • Patient Carerecovery position, Call 000, introduction to CPR


” The feedback we have since received has been very positive and the students said they learned so many new skills! I have attached some photos for you of the day. Thanks again for being flexible with the numbers – it was really appreciated!” – Estelle

“Also, could you pass on our sincere thanks to Hayden and the gang for an absolutely fantastic job in engaging our students and patiently organising and instructing them. They did a brilliant job. Speaking to the other teachers, we all felt that we learned a lot from this activity. We learned how much of a cultural barrier there is for our students. Many told me they had never been in the water before, or that they didn’t know it was free to swim at Southbank, so just to break down those barriers was great. Some didn’t come dressed appropriately, but eventually got in the water anyway when they saw the others participate. Many who didn’t swim this time have said they would like to return and they would participate next time now that they know what it is all about.” – Lindasy

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