Surf Therapy



‘Finding Wellness’

The WOW Surfing Experience (WOWSE) is an eight-week evidence based learn-to-surf program for people experiencing mental health issues. It facilitates functional recovery, while promoting social inclusion, engagement and enhanced quality of life. The primary focus of the program is to introduce surfing to participants as a way to improve physical health, mental health and well- being in a neutral, non-intrusive environment. The program uses the ocean and surfing as a conduit to explore, stimulate and facilitate positive therapy outcomes.

The WOW Surfing Experience umbrella includes the following specialised programs:

  • Youth at-risk

  • Youth trauma

  • Juvenile justice

  • Adult mental health

  • Veterans

  • PTSD - returned services & emergency services personnel

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme


The program is facilitated by mental health clinicians who are also trained in learn-to-surf instructing. Each program contains 10 volunteers to match participants on a 1:1 ratio, which strengthens inclusion and social connection. Each week, the program addresses a different mental health theme allowing participants to learn new skills and strategies through lived experience storytelling and connection with like-minded individuals. Clinical expertise facilitates functional recovery and meaningful connection.

A therapeutic graded approach is utilised to promote recovery in a supported environment rather than overwhelming participants. Through involvement in this program, participants gain the opportunity to learn how to use surfing as a coping strategy for their mental health.

 WOW Sand n’ Surf

‘Promoting Wellness’

The WOW Sand n‘ Surf is our awesome wellness program, thanks to a partnership with the legends at Movember Foundation. It’s a 6-week surf therapy program where people can make new friends, learn about wellbeing, and focus on being the best version of them self – all while learning to surf!

The premise behind this program is to address the fact that we all struggle with ups and downs at times, and this is a way of chatting about wellness freely without judgement. It’s not specifically for people who are struggling, but more suited to the wider community to provide a healthy outlet for connection – the perfect way to start your day right before heading to the office! 

Click below too find out more about the WOW Sand n’ Surf program


WOW Locations


Active WoW Locations

Sydney – Bondi/Northern Beaches/Cronulla

Newcastle – Nobbys Beach/Caves Beach

Sunshine Coast – Noosa Beach/Kings Beach


Coming Soon

Melbourne – URBNSURF Tullamarine

North Coast – Yamba

Gold Coast

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Educational Program

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