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Surf Life Saving SA

'On the Same Wave'

On the Same Wave Program

'On the Same Wave' (OTSW) is an SLSSA development program which works towards increasing relationships, respect and understanding between the broader community and those already familiar with Surf Life Saving and its associated activities. It works with people from all backgrounds however the program is especially focussed on youth with a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background and those from indigenous communities. OTSW also extends to providing programs or assisting Clubs to engage with people with a disability.

OTSW aims to increase Surf Life Saving's understanding, openness and responsiveness to cultural diversity and is now benefitting from an increased membership diversity within clubs. To facilitate this, cultural awareness programs have been provided to staff and volunteer members along with access to suitable resources for use within Surf Life Saving at the Club level to assist attract and retain new members from these communities.

OTSW also aims to ensure everyone who uses the beach or swims in the surf is safe by providing a range of promotional information and resources, surf safety programs and SLS award training to community groups as relevant. This has also helped to increase the understanding of this iconic Australian pastime and its associated lifesaving activities.

OTSW varies from information provision to training to be a Surf Life Saver and delivery of the program depends on the person or community group and their identified requirements. It can initially be provided as part of an established educational curriculum or by SLSSA away from the beach in community halls or classrooms and then on the beach or in a surf club.

Participation in the program does not necessitate joining Surf Life Saving however this will hopefully assist in creating an environment where anyone feels able to part of this organization and welcome to join in if they wish. All participants will be given information about ways they can join or be involved in a surf club and if interested, Surf Life Saving is committed to helping find and join their nearest club.

Indigenous Surf Sports Program

The Indigenous Surf Sports Program (ISSP) is currently working with local and regional indigenous communities and in particular the Wiltja Residential Program, APY Lands and Yalata Communities and the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) school programs.

Through the support of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy its aim is to work with communities regarding water safety and in particular progress students towards achieving relevant Surf Lifesaving Awards including the Bronze Medallion, Surf Rescue, CPR and First Aid Certificates as well as being coached to participate in Surf Sports competition.

The Wiltja program involves working with a handful of keen students from the APY Lands who reside in Adelaide during the school term. The SAASTA program involves approximately 150 students from eight regional and six metropolitan High Schools including Coober Pedy Area School, Ceduna Area School, Port Lincoln High School, Stuart High School (Whyalla), Port Augusta Secondary School, John Pirie Secondary School (Port Pirie), Maitland Area School, Murray Bridge High School and Fremont-Elizabeth City High School, Salisbuty High School, Para West Adult Campus, Le Fevre High School, Roma Mitchell Secondary School and Christies Beach High School.



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Surf Life Saving SA
Phone: 08 8354 6900
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Address: 2 Barcoo Road, West Beach 5024
Postal: PO Box 117, West Beach SA 5024