Give a Wave Project
“Up to 80% of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic. At the rate at which we are dumping items such as plastic bottles, bags, cups and straws after a single use, by 2050 we will have more plastics in the oceans than fish,.”– Erik Solheim, Head of United Nations Environment
The best way to protect the future of our oceans is to instill passion for the environment in our children so they can be ambassadors of change. Give a Wave Project uses surfing as a tool to invoke this passion for ocean conservation and protection, and a more interactive recycling culture in the community of Bulungula.
Surfing promotes physical, mental, and emotional wellness in order to build and strengthen an individual’s confidence, discipline, and focus. Give a Wave Project aims to spread the joy and ‘stoke’ of surfing to boost health and wellness in nature’s perfect playground.
Enter the recycling bit – before each session, participants are required to ‘pay’ for their surf lesson with one full bag of trash from the beach or surrounding village. The trash collection is followed by various lead discussions relating to environmental and ocean conservation, the importance of recycling and how recycling can be done on a domestic scale.
Each of the Give a Wave surfers first undergo a dedicated swim lesson and test before they are allowed to join in the surfing portion of the session. Swim lessons are conducted in the flat water lagoon (conveniently located adjacent to the ‘surf beach’). The swim lessons include:
- General water safety
- Surf water safety
- Basic swim technique
- Emergency procedures and techniques
Currently, the project runs sessions with one surfboard, and a handful of old dive suits. The single surfboard is not ideal for teaching multiple beginners, and the dive suits are not adequate to keep the smaller children warm during the sessions.
Give a Wave is raising funds to buy new learner foam surfboards (foam = safety) and wetsuits for our shorter surfers! The more surfboards and wetsuits = the more kids in the water = more communal and global impact!
Price list of equipment the program is requesting:
- Foam (learner board) Surfboard (8ft): R2500
- Wetsuit: R1150
(please note, Reef South Africa is kindly supporting our program with discounted prices)