After doing the Wave Project, I feel more confident about myself and less nervous about speaking to new people – Miss E.H, aged 15
Welcome to The Wave Project
The Wave Project is an award-winning community surf project. Our primary focus is helping young people improve health and learn more through surfing! Our award-winning surf courses have been independently evaluated and found to help young people feel calmer, more motivated, more confident and more resilient. We run a network of surf clubs around the UK which are designed help young people develop both their surfing and life skills, and offer education-focused courses to schools.
Wave Project sessions are delivered by a mix of paid staff and volunteer surf-mentors who work in partnership with established surf schools. Some of our surf mentors started out as clients themselves.
We take referrals from professionals working with vulnerable children and young people, and also run private lessons for schools, charities and companies. Regular referrers include the NHS, social services, mental health services, GPs, family support services, counsellors and children’s charities.
Latest News 23 September 2014 >>>
The Wave Project in Dorset is today celebrating three years funding from the Big Lottery Fund and local NHS Trust, Dorset HealthCare to deliver surf courses as a therapeutic intervention for young people facing mental health difficulties. This is the first time that the NHS has funded this unique form of therapy for young people, combining surfing and peer-mentoring to help clients build confidence and motivation. Originally trialled as a one-year pilot project, the money from the Big Lottery Fund and the NHS will ensure its continued success for the next three years.