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You can help to turn the tide on drowning!

It is really important to educate children and families on how to stay safe at the beach and what to do if they need a surf lifesavers help!

Buy buying a book and reading it with a child you are helping to create important conversations about risk, safety strategies and what to do if you need help in the water!

‘Annie and the Waves’ is an engaging children’s book packed full of colourful illustrations by Carissa Harris that teaches the key safety messages on how to stay safe at the beach.

Annie and her family are going to the beach for a holiday.

Two surf lifesavers had visited Annie’s school and she had learnt a lot about how to stay safe in the water. Annie soon discovers that the sea is changeable. She is initially wary of the waves but after meeting the lifesavers, and with the help of her Dad, Annie soon discovers the joys of swimming in the sea. Annie’s confidence grows until she experiences a surging wave, a wave that drags her into deep water. Will she remember how to tell the surf life savers she needs help?

By looking at the pictures, listening to or reading this book children will learn:

  • Surf lifesavers wear red and yellow

  • You should always swim between the red and yellow flags

  • Some beaches are safer than others

  • There are different kinds of waves, some are safer than others

  • If you get into trouble, stay calm and raise your hand to show the surf lifesavers you need help.

  • Be sun safe at the beach. Wear a hat and a rashie and don’t forget to put sunscreen on before you go out in the sun

  • And…..

  • You should never go into the water alone!

‘Annie and the Waves’ simply and concisely explains safety at the beach. You can help a child to ‘open a book and open a new world’ and learn about surf safety. Buy a book, donate a book or read Annie and the Waves to a child ….. that’s all it takes to make a difference!

‘Annie and the Waves’ is a surf safety initiative supported by Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club and endorsed by Surf Life Saving Australia.

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Photo: Louise, Peter and Isobel Lambeth