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Hunter SLS provides its highly successful community education program to almost 10,000 primary-aged students from public, independent and catholic schools each summer at Nobbys Beach

Thursday 17 December, 2015.

More than 10,000 primary school students, many from rural and remote communities will benefit this summer thanks to a $44,000 grant to Hunter Surf Life Saving (SLS) and their Surf Fun Safe program.

Hunter SLS’ Surf Fun Safe Program received a $44,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation which will allow the program to remain sustainable for the next 10 years, according to CEO Rhonda Scruton.

"Our community education programs require a substantial amount of equipment which ages from the wear and tear of beach use and transportation, so the Charitable Foundation grant will help provide a range of new resources including a new vehicle, educational materials and boards and rash vests for the young participants," Mrs Scruton said.

The Surf Fun Safe Program teaches young people from all walks of life a number of basic surf safety skills including recognising rips and other hazards, recognising beach signage and alerts and sun protection, along with core emergency response skills including CPR

Charitable Foundation Chairman Michael Slater said the grant aimed to help Hunter SLS enhance the quality of the program and allow it to be delivered to thousands of young people, many of whom live in rural communities in the Hunter region each year.

"The Charitable Foundation is very pleased to improve the capacity of Hunter SLS to ultimately save lives through better awareness and knowledge of the risks and dangers of swimming at the beach, particularly for young people in remote areas who are at risk of being unfamiliar with surf safety,” Mr Slater said. 

"The Surf Fun Safe Program teaches young people from all walks of life a number of basic surf safety skills including recognising rips and other hazards, recognising beach signage and alerts and sun protection, along with core emergency response skills including CPR. This is all knowledge that could ultimately save lives and or keep young people safe when they are at the beach," Mrs Scruton said.

Hunter SLS provides its highly successful community education program to almost 10,000 primary-aged students from public, independent and catholic schools each summer at Nobbys Beach and in schools. The program is also available to overseas students at Newcastle University, TAFE and to refugee groups who have no experience swimming at the beach. 

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Next funding round closes 16 October 2017.

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