Special Needs-Lessons, and Free Surf Clinics
We are happy to accommodate any special or physical needs. Some of our experience comes from teaching with “Surfing for the Blind” surf clinics and the Best Day Foundation.
SPI Sessions is proud to partner with the Guy Takayama Foundation’s initiative to encourage free surfing clinics for children with special needs.
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.
We are committed to this outcome and the opportunity it provides to help change lives, create beautiful memories, and share the stoke of surfing. SPI Sessions offers FREE Surf Clinics to the Special Needs Youth of the Rio Grande Valley.
For Upcoming Events:
Our 4th Special Needs Surfing Clinic will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019. We are excited to provide this event for the Capable Kids Lower Valley Chapter. To register your child as a participant or to volunteer, please fill out according online form or look for updated information on our facebook page!
Capable Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families by enabling them to participate in various events and activities throughout the community, increase knowledge on topics for children with special needs, as well as advocate for improved accommodations in the community.
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.
July 14, 2018
August 11, 2018
We have created an online Registration Form you will need to complete to register . This also includes a waiver for your registration. Feel free to call us at 956-455-5238 if you have any questions.
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.