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Surfing swells at Baringa State Primary School

Baringa State Primary School surfing lessons

Image: Baringa State Primary School students learn beach safety and surfing.


Located just 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast, for students in Baringa’s coastal town it is vital to have an awareness of the beach, ocean and conditions. 

Baringa State Primary School uses sporting schools funding to provide students with an opportunity to learn beach safety and learn to surf. 

“It is crucial we provide our students with surf awareness and beach safety skills as they spend most of their weekends and spare time at the beach. We also use this Surf Groms course as a pathway for students to participate in our Baringa board riders Surfing Program” commented teacher Greg Kimber.

Their surfing program is run in cooperation with North Caloundra Surf School and has the support of local Billabong sponsored professional surfer Reef Heazlewood. 

Heazlewood comes down to many of the sessions and surfs with the students. The program also allows Heazlewood to connect in with grassroots community groups and create pathway surfing programs.


Sporting Schools is a $200 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school.

Want to run a Weet-Bix SurfGroms program at your school? Check out all the details on the Surfing Australia page.

Baringa State Primary School surfing lessons