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Illawarra hosts Western Sydney School Beach Safety Day

Over 60 students from Merrylands High School will arrive at Thirroul pool and beach on Monday 2 December 2019 as part of the Western Sydney High School Beach and Theory Program.

The Surf Life Saving NSW community education program first started in 2014 is designed to teach students about beach safety and behaviour through practical activities and presentations. Over 4,000 students have taken part in the theory and beach program since its initiation.

The program aims to minimise risk-taking behaviour of young people including swimming outside patrol hours and influence sensible decision-making when they come to the beach.

The 2018/19 NSW Coastal Safety Report has revealed 45% of all coastal drowning deaths for the period occurred less than one Kilometre from a Surf Life Saving service. It shows how crucial it is to reinforce Surf Life Saving’s key messages of swimming between the flags and if no one can see you, no one can save you.

While the activities are designed to be fun and practical, the students are encouraged to use their initiative and think quickly to help save a life.

WHEN:

9.30am – 2pm, Monday 2 December 2019

WHERE:

Thirroul Pool and beach, Thirroul Beach Reserve

Source: SLSNSW

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