We ask that both participants and volunteers register in the most appropriate group as it helps with planning.
PARTICIPANTS (age 5+)
Special Surfers- physically able children/young at heart adults who can splash and go under water without detriment to their lung function or health. Meet at the center of the bay, “Participant Registration”.
Yellow Zone- Special Surfers who may have visual or hearing impairments, low muscle tone or generally need more than two volunteers. Our team coordinator will make an assessment when you arrive to surf. Meet at the center of the bay, “Participant Registration”.
Special Ops- Register for Special Ops if you or your Special Surfer are/is unable or have difficulty standing or balancing. Special Ops participants sit on specially designed boards with seats and harnesses attached with a lot of extra care and volunteers. Most of our Special Ops participants arrive in a wheelchair or using a walker. We also have Special Ops participants who have visual impairments. Meet at the wheelchair ramp, at the East end of the beach.
Note for Parents/Care Givers- When you register, please put the participants name in the "Your Details" field. It will help us greatly in keeping everything organized.
On the day of the event, please bring a current photo of your Special Surfer (on your phone, perhaps). Ideally taken the day of the event, in the clothing he or she will be wearing. This will be helpful if we need to locate your Special Surfer. We have had a few cases of “wanderers”.
Please make your team aware of any hazards we might need to know about- biting, punching, kicking hazards (etc) that we need to know about. We need to ensure the safety of everyone, and our volunteers.
Wave Captains- register as a wave captain if you are a novice to experienced surfer who can assess which waves to take, time the wave takeoff, and position your surfer on the board correctly. You will get wet! Bring your wetsuit! There will be a safety briefing at the beach before you team up with your new friend.
Surfers Assistant- register for this if you are willing to get wet. A Surfers Assistant’s job is to help navigate the “lane” (our surfers go straight to use less space in the water). As a Surfers Assistant you will guide or bring the Special Surfer back to the Wace Captain when they are finished with their ride (or wipeout ;P). Sometimes you need to keep them from running off or you might have to help them stay on the board while you bring them back to the Wave Captain for another ride. Assistants also help monitor our participants for swallowing water, going under, getting cold.
Special Ops- Special Ops volunteers get wet and work with our most vulnerable surfers. Many of these volunteers form the "gauntlet" to keep the board going straight and staying upright. Meet at the wheelchair ramp, at the East end of the beach.
Lifeguards- If you are trained lifeguard or a medical professional and want to be part of the safety team, register for this category. NOTE - these positions do NOT surf, so if you are also a surfer please only register for one category.
Dry Volunteers- We have many positions for people who don’t want to get wet: setup, come early, 3:00; administrative types (registration, 4:00-4:30); and emotional and physical support, like helping these Special Surfers and their families navigate the system and (important and rewarding) put on their wetsuits, then meet their teams. If you can’t come early, we also need people need people to pick up, clean wetsuits, sweep the beach, and finally, clean and reload our gear. We’re usually driving away by 8:00 to 8:30, depending on the light and how busy the event was.
We send confirmations when you schedule your “appointment”. Please keep this email for the information regarding the event. Arrival times and location are there. Be registered and ready for the time of your “appointment”. Remember, there will be parking and traffic issues and you need to plan for registration and putting on your wetsuit .
We run this event rain or shine. The only reasons we will cancel is for thunder and lightning or dangerous surf conditions. Cancellations will be made at or near the time of the event. If you feel like the drive is not worth the chance that we might cancel, you make the call. We understand this is hard for many people to drive to something that may be cancelled.
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