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The Queer Surf Club Wales will provide a safe, inclusive community for LGBTQ+ surfers to meet and surf together. We will provide the equipment and expertise needed for all interested people in the Swansea area to learn to surf and experience benefits for physical and mental wellbeing that can be gained from surfing and spending time in the ocean. As well as promoting a sense of community and belonging, we will encourage members to work together to protect the coastal environment through regular beach cleans.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Surfing can be an intimidating and exclusive sport to take up, whether socially, economically or geographically. By setting up the Queer Surf Club Wales, we intend to break down these barriers. We will create a community for LGBTQ+ surfers to meet and surf together. Learning to surf in a challenging but safe environment, under the guidance of expert facilitators will allow the participants to overcome personal boundaries and this will enable natural experiences such as fear, apprehension and adrenaline rushes to be generated in the conext of a major personal challenge, undertaken in a safe environment. This 'managed fear' integrates a unique combination of psychological and physical experiences: a supportive peer group, expert facilitators, cold water therapy, blue mind and natural surroundings, the challenge of learning new skills - and provides the opportunity for excitement and enjoyment.
Steps to get it done:
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City and County of Swansea Council