Hit the Waves
Beach safety education experience

  • When8am to 3.30pm Saturday, 5 May 2018

  • WhereSouthport Surf Life Saving Club, Gold Coast

  • WhenTickets $25
    Book online

Australia’s beautiful beaches are famous across the world. But it’s important to recognise the surf can be a dangerous place at times.

If you’re new to swimming in the ocean and surfing, make sure you’re prepared. Join us for Hit the Waves with Surf Life Saving Queensland.

You’ll learn how to stay safe in the water, take a surfing lesson, and enjoy a free afternoon BBQ.


  • Tickets

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite for $25 per person (includes GST and booking fee). Bookings close 12pm Tuesday, 1 May 2018.

    The ticket price includes:

    • return bus transport from UQ St Lucia to Southport Surf Club
    • beach education session with Surf Life Saving Queensland
    • surf experience run by former World Champion Surfer Cheyne Horan
    • BBQ lunch

    Please note you must be a current UQ student to participate in this event. By purchasing a ticket you agree to the full terms and conditions (PDF, 211KB).

  • Getting there and back

    Transport will be provided for all registered attendees. Buses will depart UQ for Southport at 8.30am sharp, returning to UQ St Lucia at approximately 3.30pm.

    Students wishing to drive themselves or take alternative transport to and/or from Southport can do so, however, any student wishing to participate in the Hit the Waves program must have registered and paid via Eventbrite.

    Non-UQ students are unable to participate in the Hit the Waves program.

Book now at Eventbrite

On the day

Stay safe in the water

Surf lifesavers will show you how you can recognise potential dangers, how to avoid them and how to help someone if they get into trouble.

Learn to surf

Put your new surf safety knowledge into practice. Spend some time in the ocean learning how to catch a wave and how to respond to changes in the water. 

Create friendships

After a day in the surf, we’ll spend the afternoon sharing a BBQ together on the beach. Let us know if you have any dietary requirements when registering.


Registration at UQ St Lucia

The bus will be departing at 8.30am sharp. Students who arrive after 8am are not guaranteed that the bus will wait for their registration to be processed.

Bus departs UQ St Lucia

Arrive at Southport Surf Life Saving Club

You'll be greeted by your Surf Life Saving activity leaders and begin your safety education program.

Bus departs Southport Surf Life Saving Club

Approx 3.30pm
Bus arrives UQ St Lucia

In loving memory of Hemant Govekar

We take our students’ wellbeing seriously and want to ensure you are prepared and confident to safely spend time in the ocean and at our beautiful beaches.

This event will be held in memory of Hemant Govekar, who graduated from UQ in December 2017 with a Master of Business. Tragically, Hemant passed away in an accident while swimming at an unpatrolled beach on Christmas Day last year. Hemant was a proud and outstanding member of our UQ community, as both a hardworking student and an inspiring alumnus. Together, in Hemant’s memory, we hope to make a lasting positive difference and educate as many students as we can about beach safety through the Hit the Waves program.

Please email us if you would like further details on how you can support the Hemant Govekar Foundation’s work to increase water safety awareness.