Disabled Surfers Association Great Southern calls for volunteers ahead of new season

Sarah MakseAlbany Advertiser
Angus Tetlow at a DSA Great Southern event at Middleton Beach in 2018.
Camera IconAngus Tetlow at a DSA Great Southern event at Middleton Beach in 2018. Credit: Saskia Adysti

The Disabled Surfers Association Great Southern is calling for more volunteers to help keen surfers hit the water at its first session of the year this Saturday.

Now in its fourth year, the Albany branch of Disabled Surfing Association Australia is set to host one Let’s Go Surfing session a month until April at Middleton Beach.

Sessions are open to people with varying abilities who want to get out on the water in a safe and supportive environment.

DSA Great Southern president Kerry Oakley said the team was on the lookout for more volunteers with all levels of surfing experience to help as many people as possible onto the water.

“We are looking for people to come down and volunteer, whether they are in the water or maybe they can come and help cook the sausage sizzle,” she said.

With a water-accessible wheelchair available, Ms Oakley said the surfing sessions could cater to all abilities.

“It’s a great thing for them to be able to experience being in the water and being on a surfboard. They might never have had that opportunity before and to feel safe,” she said.

“When you see some of them in the water and the smiles on their faces, it just melts your heart.”

The surf session will be followed by presentations and a free sausage sizzle.

Anyone interested in registering as a participant or volunteer can do so at eventbrite.com.au or at Middleton Beach on Saturday morning from 9am.

For information, visit DSA Great Southern on Facebook.

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