Woolgoolga SLSC members Sue Neill and Trevor Acason have been helping country students learn about safety on the beach and in the water.
Woolgoolga SLSC members Sue Neill and Trevor Acason have been helping country students learn about safety on the beach and in the water. Trevor Veale

Lifesavers travel to spread the surf safety message

TWO volunteer lifesavers from Woolgoolga have helped to spread the surf safety message to hundreds of country kids.

Woolgoolga surf club members Trevor Acason and Sue Neill have recently returned from speaking to students in Inverell, Glen Innes and Grafton as part of the annual Beach to Bush program.

The duo were part of a team of 17 volunteer presenters from around the state who toured a diverse range of country areas, ensuring that the young students had access to the very best information to help keep them safe while enjoying the beach environment.

Trevor has spent 30 years in the lifesaving movement but this was his first time presenting on the Beach to Bush tour, an experience he greatly enjoyed.

"Having been a teacher for the last 40 years, I enjoyed interacting with children again and offering advice on beach safety which is so important," he said.

"The message we were giving to the kids was have a great time at the beach but respect your surroundings and recognise the dangers and how to manage difficult situations."

While there were plenty of light hearted moments as students posed in the iconic red and yellow patrol shirts and put on zinc cream, the lessons are driven by a serious concern.

Statistics revealed that almost half of drownings in NSW waters involved a victims who lived more than 50km from the beach, and with many country kids not getting the same access to surf safety education safety, it was determined that the best way to help keep these kids stay safe at the beach was to take the lessons teachings to them.



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