Students in Mullaley and Gunnedah have had the coast come to them after some surf lifesavers visited on Wednesday. Surf Life Saving NSW's Beach to Bush program made a stop at Mullaley Public School and Carinya Christian School, where students were taught important beach safety information. Every student learnt about the role of surf lifesavers, why they should always swim between the flags, how to spot a rip current, what to do if they get into trouble at the beach and the different types of marine life that can be found along the coast. The program also included information about water safety on inland waterways such as lakes, rivers and dams. Read also: Beach to Bush spokesperson Jenni Clarke said the program was a wonderful opportunity for volunteer lifesavers to share their knowledge and passion for beach safety with children in rural and remote areas. She said many of the students who have engaged with the program had never been to the beach before and was the first contact they had ever had with a surf lifesaver. "Sharing our passion for the beach and the coastline with children, regardless of their location, is an important part of our strategy to educate and keep the beach-going public safe," Ms Clarke. "With more people than ever heading to the NSW coastline, Beach to Bush is becoming more important and we know it is something that both the school children and our volunteer surf lifesavers look forward to taking part in each year." The program is on the road at the moment, spanning over three weeks and stopping to speak to more than 8000 school children. Tamworth is next, followed by a large number of towns all over the state and in the ACT. The Beach to Bush Program is supported by the NSW Government and Your local club. It's reached more than 255,000 primary school students since it began in 1994.