Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club WA is dedicated to being an inclusive organisation, and is committed to providing a safe environment for all who choose to participate in surf lifesaving activities.

Objectives of our Dolphin Program

Our goal is to create an inclusive group for both children and adults with additional needs to participate, learn and enjoy activities around surf lifesaving. To create opportunities where participants can become immersed in surf club culture, learn surf awareness, basic first aid skills and encourage and maintain fitness. To help participants create new friendships and establish positive networks. To provide general club members the opportunity to engage and embrace people with additional needs and build a culture of inclusion and acceptance.

Aim of the Dolphin Program

Run a Saturday morning session between 10 am and 12 noon every Saturday during the surf club season in a safe, non-judgemental environment. Encourage general member award holders to volunteer their time to assist with participants through the club newsletter, social media and community engagement. Aiming for a 1-1 ratio or 1-3 ratio depending on the ability of each participant. Attract participants through social media, word of mouth and local special needs support agencies. Have a structured, written program for each session, practising and developing skills over the season. Create opportunities for participants to engage with general club members in a safe environment.

Desired Outcomes

Aim of the Dolphin Program

Participants to participate in surf lifesaving activities, in a safe, non-judgemental environment.  Participants build friendships with peers interested in similar activities and build friendships with other club members. Participants are accepted into the surf lifesaving community and general club members have exposure to people with special needs in a non-threatening setting.

Parents get to enjoy watching their children with special needs enjoying the same sort of activities their neural typical children enjoy. Brothers and sisters of participants are encouraged to join in.

Parents who may feel isolated have the opportunity create friendships and support networks.

Our club promotes an inclusive club where “everyone can make a difference”.