Surfing Victoria established the Victorian Indigenous Surfing Program 19 years ago, with the initial aim to increase the number of young Indigenous Victorians participating in surfing through lessons including water safety programs. Over time, it evolved into a strong and significant vehicle for social participation of community members as well as increasing employment opportunities for Indigenous Victorians in the surfing industry.
Surfing Victoria has formed long lasting partnerships across the state with Indigenous communities, and this community ownership has been a key success factor. Our programs sees 600 participants annually.
Surfing Victoria’s model ensures pathways and opportunities for progression. The program does not rely on one-off events to engage with the Koori community. Instead, community members continue to engage with the sport and associated opportunities, and participants further develop their surfing abilities to competition levels – from come and try days through to lessons, Surf Development Squads, regionals, state and national surf titles.
More recently we have piloted an inland Stand Up Paddleboard program on lakes and rivers to target those communities that do not live on the coast.
The aim of our programs are to deliver water safety messages, promote health, wellbeing and positive lifestyle choices while taking place in a safe community minded and fun environment.
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