What they've been up to this month:

It’s cold and windy January, but the Wave Project team has still been getting young people active and in the water. Their main focus this month has been their new programme, Surf Back To School, which is aimed at children excluded from school. They work with them once a week, in school time, helping them to build their confidence through surfing and reboot their learning goals. These children have all faced considerable challenges both in school and out, so it’s great for them to be able to learn at the beach and go for a dip in the surf – even if they do need boots, gloves and hoods!

Wave Project have also taken them on the Flowrider – an artificial wave which is great fun but also tests their teamwork skills and resilience. They’ve had some great outcomes from this programme already, with most children returning to school part time, and planning to return full time in September. Their current course finishes in the February half term, after which we will be working with a new cohort of kids.

Meanwhile, Wave Project’s surf club has been running for children who took part in their surf therapy programmes last year. A group of children from South Devon visited The Eden Project and went ice-skating, while others have taken part in the Flowrider.

Outside the sessions, the Wave Project staff have been doing lots of training on water safety skills – this includes their CEO, Joe Taylor, who took part in the RLSS Beach Lifeguard course in mid January in 40mph winds!

If you’d like to keep up with Wave Project, visit them here.