Adaptive Surfing Volunteer Training course

An essential part of the delivery of the 2023 Muscle Food English Adaptive Surfing Open are a team of brilliant volunteers. As part of delivering a great event on the beach, we recognise the importance of offering training opportunities for volunteers. Ian Bennett, Team England Para coach and Wave Project Adaptive Lead will be delivering a course on Wednesday 20th September.

The training will give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to become a valuable member of our team when supporting surfers with greater needs due to a disability. This training is co-written by Wave Project and Surfing England.

The day will be split into two sessions; the morning will include but won’t be limited to the theory around positive language; communication skills; considering barriers to surfing and how we can overcome them.  We will stop for lunch (approx. 30-minute).

In the afternoon we will build practical skills, including transferring; surfing with a visual impairment and safe large/seated board surfing practices. The course will be tailored to be more appropriate for the competition that takes place on Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd September.

By signing up to take the course, you and confirming you will be able to volunteer at the event for a minimum of one day. Please also complete the volunteer registration form so we have all required information.

Date: Wednesday 20th September

Time: 9am – 3pm

Location: 9am – Croyde Village Hall, EX33 1LX (Parking available in village car park), and then 12.30 at Surf south West for the water aspect of the course.

Course cost: Free of charge, on the basis you will support the delivery of the Event in Croyde on                   21st – 22nd September.

You will need to bring a packed lunch, drink, your wetsuit, and swim gear.

Spaces will be first come, first serve. If you would like to reserve a place, please email: with your full name, date of birth, phone number.

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