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saintlyjimjams Thu 04-Oct-12 14:36:45

I'm still on a mission to get everyone to give it a go grin

This training video for surf coaches does give some idea of how fab it is though.

<whispers> ds1 does go out of his depth, but that's because he knows the surfers really well now and they know him.

babiki Thu 04-Oct-12 16:34:21

Wow that's fabulous!!

ohmeohmy Thu 04-Oct-12 17:33:29

I met someone who taught scuba diving in a pool to kids with autism. She said it was amazing. Trying to get her to start up another class so ds can go.

saintlyjimjams Thu 04-Oct-12 18:57:07

I think scuba diving would be a bit beyond ds1, but if it happens let me know ohmeohmy and I'll mention it on my blog.

It is so fabulous babiki - has been life changing for ds1.

If anyone wants to give it a go just get in contact, I might be able to recommend someone near you. Or have a look at Surf Relief- they have a network of surf schools who offer surfing to those with disabilities.

TirednessKills Thu 04-Oct-12 19:31:50

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saintlyjimjams Thu 04-Oct-12 19:47:16

No need to swim smile And they won't make him wear a buoyancy aid.

Bigbury isn't that far from Somerset. They're a really great bunch. The advantage of Bigbury is that it's a shallow beach, and south coast so the waves are usually not as strong as the north coat.

I've written quite a bit on my blog about surfing that link should take you to all the surf tagged posts. If you scroll down you'll see a post called 'groms' iirc about a teeny tiny non swimming first time surfer, and also one called 'four years to get fully dressed' which talks about wetsuits etc. There's some other videos as well.

saintlyjimjams Thu 04-Oct-12 19:49:14

oh I think you have to go to page 2 of the surfing posts for groms and four years

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