Former WCT competitor lends a hand to Indigenous Surfing Program
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 November, 2013 - Sydney, Australia -- A group of students from Bowraville Central School have participated in Surfing NSW’s Indigenous Surfing Program (ISP) under the expert guidance of former World Championship Tour competitor Trent Munro and the Trent Munro Surf Academy.
The 17 Indigenous students - from years seven to ten - were educated on the importance of assessing surf conditions, how to correctly paddle, sunsmart behaviour and how to negotiate waves.
All kids also completed Surfing NSW’s free CPR and board rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7. The course provides crucial training to assist in an emergency situation and could ultimately save a life.
“It has been an excellent 10 weeks of unforgettable laughs and smiles,” said Munro. “To see how much confidence they gained has been great and is exactly what this program is about. I have no doubt I will be seeing these kids at the beach this summer. A big thanks must go out to Community Builders and Nambucca Shire Council for their support also.”
All participants got the opportunity to tackle a large variety of oceanic conditions over the period of the course.
“The Indigenous Surfing program has been a great opportunity for our Indigenous students,” said Rob Symonds, Head Welfare teacher at Bowraville Central School. “From the very first session we have had full attendance every Thursday. The program has been a way for them to re-engage with school and with their friends.”
Symonds added: “The instruction has been outstanding. The activities; fun and engaging. The teachers; patient and professional. The students have been gaining confidence in the surf and are wanting to take up surfing as a weekend activity.”
In 2013, Surfing NSW is looking forward to hosting the Indigenous Surfing Program (ISP) for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The Surfing NSW 'ISP' aims to attract large numbers of young indigenous communities to beaches throughout the state. The program promotes health, enjoyment and wellbeing through surfing and ocean safety awareness, bringing positive education to remote and local indigenous communities.
Our principle partners, the NSW Government - Communities, Sport & Recreation and The Australian Government - Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, continue to support this initiative and are aware of the benefits this program has on indigenous health and activity.
With participation increasing rapidly each year, Surfing NSW is excited about the continued growth and development of participants through the program.