It’s so great that you are keen to become a volunteer. In South Devon we have an ever growing team of volunteers from all walks of life, from 14 – 70+. Some are keen surfers and others just love being in and around the water. Our next training session dates can be found in the event section. One of our team has made a fantastic video check it out

Register: Please head to the link– making sure you fill in all your details for our records.

Also, if you have Facebook, please add me ‘Katie WaveProject’ – I’ll add you to our volunteer group –  “Wave Project Volunteers SE Cornwall & S Devon.”

DBS check: You can volunteer at one session to see if you want to be part of our volunteer team however to volunteer at further sessions we require you to have a DBS check. The Wave Project funds the DBS checks. All volunteers are required to have a wave project DBS, regardless if they already have a pre-existing one.

  • Click on:
  • Enter organisation reference: WAVEPROJECT
  • Enter password: cornwallumbrella
  • Fill in all the information in the form and submit, you will need to put your role down as a Surf Mentor.

We need to see three documents from this list are commonly a passport, driving license and a recent utility bill (within past 3 months).

It will be great if you can bring these to the first session you attend. I will need to take a copy of them. If you have any questions about the DBS check, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

As a volunteer attending training or a course session please bring:

    • Swimwear
    •  Wetsuit (Ideally your own, however we can provide you with one if required)
    • Dry clothes & Towel
    • Suntan Lotion
    • Drinks & Snacks
    • Money for Parking (machine only takes coins)


Courses and Club Sessions

We run courses throughout the year, one session per-week for six weeks. The youngsters which join us often haven’t surfed before and can be anxious. It’s important that we are all ready and suited up when they arrive. So please arrive with plenty of time to get your wetsuit on. We also want to make sure that no one is ever alone with a young person. So please stay with the surf instructors and other volunteers in a group. We are a team in and out of the water. It really helps if you can commit to all six weeks as you get to see the young people grow and develop which is very rewarding. Quite often our young people form close bonds with the volunteers, therefore consistency in your commitment to the six weeks is very important.

At the end of our courses our young people can join our Surf Club. The sessions are great fun and you have a mix of faces from those who have just finished a course to those who finished a course in 2015. Surf Club is a fantastic element of the Wave Project and is particularly good for those volunteers who are not able to commit to the full six week course but still want to help and support young people in the water.