Disabled surfing needs volunteers

The organisation offers a surfing experience to a wide range of people with various disabilities

Following a successful 2022-23 season, the Disabled Surfers Association Central Coast is looking to rebuild its volunteer base and will hold a free training day on November 25 at Umina Beach.

Disabled Surfing provides an opportunity that allows those with a disability to experience the quintessential Australian pastime of surfing, one that the able-bodied often take for granted.

Volunteering consists of helping participants to and from the beach and assisting them in and out of the water, including tandem boardriding.

Help is always needed with set-up and clean-up too, and smiles are always encouraged.

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.

A rash shirt will be provided at the training day, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own wetsuits and should not attend if unwell.

The Disabled Surfers Association Central Coast (DSACC) is a volunteer-run organisation which serves to provide a safe, and happy surfing experience to a wide range of people with various disabilities who would otherwise be unable to access the beach.

To ensure safety, DSA has a very high volunteer to surfer ratio, with a minimum of six-to-one up to 30-to-one for higher needs surfers.

They only surf in broken waves, in waist depth water.

The free volunteer training day will be held at Umina Beach on Saturday, November 25.

Sign-in on the day upstairs at Umina Surf Life Saving Club from 8.45am for a 9am start.

There will be a theory session followed by training in the water.

New volunteers or returning volunteers wanting to refresh their skills can register at https://bit.ly/CCVolunteerTraining

For more information on DSA visit http://disabledsurfers.org