Watch out Kelly Slater! Young people from the Ladder program learn to surf

Young people in the Ladder program spent an afternoon learning to surf, thanks to the generosity of local business, Go Ride A Wave.

Trent, one of the young people who attended, shared his experience;

"Today Ben from the Ladder program [took us] for a surfing lesson at Ocean Grove. As we got into Ocean Grove, we had a grouse meal and we also met Oscar another guy from Ladder from down Geelong way.

Shortly after lunch we jumped into learning how to surf with two instructors helping us. It was welly organised and all ran smoothly.

Everyone hoped into the water and the fun began with everyone having a great time, falling off and eventually everyone got the hang of it and stood up. [Everyone] surfed longer than they had before which finished off the day well for everyone being quite new to surfing.

For a bit of icing on the cake, during the drive back Ben being the top bloke he is, shouted us all an ice cream and a drink, plus [he] had some ripper tunes. I really appreciated having the opportunity to go on this trip and can say the same for the others."

Ladder Development Coach, Ben Mabon said that on top of being a fun afternoon, there were many benefits for the young people involved.

“All of the young people enjoyed the day and now have an experience to look back on that fills them with happy thoughts.

“This was an opportunity for the young people to build friendships, learn new skills, connect with the community and get a workout which is fantastic for their physical and mental health.

“I cannot thank Go Ride A Wave enough for the opportunity. I have received nothing but positive feedback and would recommend the session to anyone."

A big thanks to Trent for sharing his experience, and Go Ride A Wave for this opportunity.

The young people are part of the Education First Youth Foyer Program. To find out more about this program click here.

If you are an individual or business who is interested in supporting Ladder and the young people we work with, please click here.