The positive impact of surfing on mental health will be discussed at the SEED Surf Conference on 29 March.
Wave Project chief executive Joe Taylor will be speaking on the subject at the conference in Newquay. He will tell delegates about the organisation’s research into the effects of surfing on wellbeing and mental health.
Over the past 4 years, the Wave Project has evaluated over 300 case studies, mainly of young people with low-level mental health needs. The results have shown that, on average, people who go surfing for six weeks see improvements to their outlook and feel more positive about the future.
About the Wave Project
The Wave Project is an award-winning not for profit company that helps young people feel more positive and overcome challenges through surfing! We run a peer-led programme that has proven benefits for young people who need to improve their confidence, self-esteem or motivation.
All our sessions are delivered free of charge to clients.This is made possible by our fantastic team of volunteers who help run sessions. We also run an opt-in surf club for clients who have completed one of our courses – this is free too.
The Wave Project accepts referrals from anyone working professionally with vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 21. We also run some specific projects for adults with disabilities. Our past referrers have included the NHS, schools, CAMHS, social services, adult mental health services, GPs, family support services, counsellors and bereavment charities.
Past clients have found themselves better able to cope with the daily pressures of life, which in some cases has transformed their ability to tackle problems. If you’d like to know more, please contact us and request our latest evaluation report.