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Sandy Beach Public School gets off the sand and into the surf

Over the past two years, more than a hundred Year 6 students have had the opportunity to participate in a Sporting Schools surfing program through Sandy Beach Public School.

Sandy Beach Public School is a regional, coastal school that sits approximately 2km from the coast. Naturally, when the opportunity to team up with Solitary Islands Surf School to deliver a program through Sporting Schools presented itself, the school jumped on their surfboards. 

“Darryn Quigley and his team at Solitary Islands Surf School made the development of risk management plans very easy. His knowledge of the surf school landscape was the driving force behind our sporting school program’s success,” Assistant Principal, Sam Murgatroyd said.

As only a small percentage of the students were regular visitors to the beach, the school engaged the whole Year 6 cohort to participate in a seven week surfing program that targeted all levels of ability.

“The most incredible part of the program, without a doubt, has been the growth in confidence that the students have shown. For many, the prospect of surfing is a challenging one. Some have a genuine fear of the waves, many are poor or non-swimmers, and some have never had the opportunity to be involved,” Sam said.

“The students love the SurfGrom packs too. They feel proud to bring their new back packs to school because for many of the students, they feel like they’ve earned them through challenging themselves to try something new,” he said.

Darryn Quigley, owner and head coach at Solitary Islands Surf School believes that the Sporting Schools program provides great success for Solitary Island Surf School.

“It doesn’t just generate business for us; the program is great because it is very inclusive for all kids involved, whether they occasionally or regularly visit the beach. At the end of the day everyone leaves with a smile, and that’s the best part of Sporting Schools and Weet-Bix SurfGroms,” Darryn said. 

Sandy Beach Public School see’s the surf program ticking so many boxes. Its great fitness, it builds on student’s self-belief, and it helps connect students to their local environment.

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Weet-Bix SurfGroms program at your school? Check out all the details on the Surfing Australia page.