‘Smiles on dials’

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To celebrate International Day of People with Disability, the Central Coast Disabled Surfers’ Association is holding a ‘smiles on dials’ event at Toowoon Bay Beach on Saturday, December 2, and they need volunteers.
“Volunteers do not need to know how to surf, they just need to be willing to get wet and have some fun, if you surf, it’s a bonus,” said the Association’s Ms Pauline Maniskas.
A rash shirt will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own wetsuits.
Volunteering consists of helping participants to and from the beach, assisting them in and out of the water, and helping set up and clean up.
Sign in on the day is at 9:00am with the event commencing at 9:30 am.
A free barbecue is provided for volunteers and participants at the conclusion of the event.
The Central Coast Disabled Surfers’ Association (DSACC) is a volunteer-run organisation that enables people of all ages and abilities to take part in one of Australia’s most popular past-times, beach surfing.
“DSA volunteers serve to provide a unique, safe and happy surfing experience to a wide range of people with various disabilities who would otherwise be unable to access the beach,” Ms Maniskas said.
In order to ensure safety, DSA has a very high volunteer to participant ratio, with a minimum of 6 to 1, up to as high as 30 to 1 for more challenging participants.

Media release, Nov 12
Rae Fiechter, Disabled Surfers’ Association Central Coast