Special Needs Surfing Clinics for RGV Youth
Research shows that children with physical or mental disabilities benefit from surfing by; encouraging focus, spacial awareness, being confident and comfortable in the water, overcoming fear and understanding a sense of accomplishment.
Upcoming Event: Aug. 26th, 2023
Registration is now Open. Space will be limited.
SPI Sessions Watersports is dedicated to helping enable experiences like surfing for youth with disabilities and their families. By coordinating events such as these, we are able to help advocate surfing for all abilities and increase awareness within the community for other activities we may afford them to improve their quality of life.
Register your child today and help them experience the joy of surfing at our special needs kids surfing clinic on South Padre Island, TX!
Join us on August 26th at 9 AM for an unforgettable day of adaptive surfing, tailored to empower children of all abilities.
Our expert instructors and volunteers provide a safe and inclusive environment, ensuring every child catches waves and creates cherished memories. Discover the transformative power of the ocean as we embrace diversity, laughter, and pure fun in the sun. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to ride the waves and make a splash with our special needs surfing clinic!
In 2018, SPI Sessions produced its first year of Special Needs Surfing Clinics. The events were so well received we accomplished 4 Special Needs Surfing Clinics within the year. In 2019, our surfing clinic catered to over 120 special needs children and hosted more than 400 people on the beach at Clayton’s Beach Bar. With multiple sponsors, and generous contributions, we proudly introduced the sport and joy of surfing to over one hundred families. In 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic rise, we were unable to offer these services. 2023 is the year to revive this amazing opportunity.
Surfing offers a host of remarkable benefits for people with special needs, enhancing their physical, emotional, and social well-being. On a physical level, surfing engages various muscle groups, improving balance, coordination, and overall strength. The sensory experience of the ocean, with its soothing waves and invigorating water, can be profoundly therapeutic for individuals with sensory processing differences, promoting sensory integration and relaxation. Beyond the physical advantages, riding waves fosters a sense of accomplishment and empowerment, boosting self-confidence and self-esteem. In the water, individuals with special needs often experience a sense of freedom and liberation, breaking down barriers and challenging preconceptions. Additionally, the social aspect of surfing clinics creates an inclusive and supportive community, where participants can build meaningful connections, learn teamwork, and share joyous moments with peers and dedicated instructors. Overall, surfing opens a world of possibilities for people with special needs, offering a transformative and uplifting experience that transcends limitations and empowers them to embrace life with newfound confidence and enthusiasm.
Supporting special needs surfing clinics is an act of compassion and inclusivity that can make a profound impact on the lives of individuals with diverse abilities. By contributing time, resources, or donations to these clinics, we help create opportunities for children and adults with special needs to experience the joy and empowerment of surfing. These clinics offer therapeutic benefits, promoting physical fitness, sensory integration, and emotional well-being. Moreover, they foster a sense of community, where participants build lasting friendships and feel a sense of belonging. Supporting special needs surfing clinics not only allows these individuals to conquer challenges and break down barriers but also encourages society to embrace diversity and celebrate the unique abilities of every person. Together, we can create a more inclusive world where everyone can experience the thrill of riding the waves and discover the transformative power of the ocean. Please consider making a donation here.
Frequently Asked Questions
We realize you might have lots of questions for us about this exciting camp so we've tried to spell out some of the most frequented questions! Feel free to reach us by phone or email if you have any other important questions for us!
We are offering free surfing lessons to special needs children and youth adults from ages 4-25. We have no limits on disabilities.
Aug. 26th, 2023
8:00 am - Set-Up Crew Volunteers
8:30 am- Volunteer Meeting
9:00 am Participant Check-In
9:30 am Surfing Rotation Begins
9:30 am- 12:00 pm Surfing Rotation
12:00 pm Award Presentation and Group Picture
12:00-1:0-pm Volunteer Break Down
Of course! We are always happy to include parents, family and any and all support team! We hope you can help us out by taking time to give us a review on TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp or our Social Media platforms!
Who Give Back
Our Special Needs Surfing Clinics partner with some amazing businesses and foundations to truly make it come together. Special thanks to our partners for contributing to the logistical needs of the event from equipment, water safety, awards, and production. Find out more about our partners by clicking on their logos:
"It takes a Village"
YOUR contribution allows us to keep special needs events free for families, provide qualified volunteers, and host future events. In many cases, these families, children, and veterans, are under extreme financial pressure. It takes money, time, equipment, insurance, and permitting to make this happen. Our volunteer surf instructors are CPR/First Aid Certified and trained in open water safety. Most instructors have a brief background in working with a variety of special needs such as cerebral palsy, autism, blindness, cancer, spinal cord injuries, down syndrome, or other physical and developmental challenges. We invite you to join us by volunteering or donating to make these special experiences possible for a child and family who could really use a great day at the beach!
Take a look at the incredible memories we've made...
In the summer of 2018, our first SPI Sessions Special Needs Surfing Clinic was held. A month later, the second in partnership with the Capable Kids Foundation. We look forward to growing our surfing clinic opportunities with many more non-profits and foundations in the RGV.
08.11.18 Capable Kids Foundation
In partnership with the Capable Kids Foundation LRGV Chapter, our 2nd Special Needs Surfing Clinic was made possible. We had over 50 participants, twice as many volunteers and lots of children that have never experienced surfing before.
07.15.18 1st Special Needs Surfing Clinic
Our first Special Needs Surfing Clinic was a great success. We had 30 registered participants and wonderful sponsors to help make the event move forward.