About Us

Our Vision

“To provide surf therapy for people who are differently abled”.

It is our vision at Ability Surf for everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful experience and therapeutic benefits of the ocean and surfing. We aim to provide an accessible, safe, supportive and fun service of surf therapy for people who are differently abled and have a disability.

We honour and acknowledge the unique abilities and skills of each individual and tailor our sessions to meet the individual where they are at. Ability Surf strives to provide a high quality Occupational Therapy service in the natural environment of the ocean through surf therapy. We intend to make the ocean more inclusive and to address the acute gap in opportunities for people with a disability in the community.

What is Surf Therapy?

Surf therapy is defined by the International Surf Therapy Organisation (ISTO) as combining the therapeutic elements of the ocean with the adventure of surfing to impact the physical and mental well- being of individuals world-wide positively. Ability Surf is a member of ISTO.

Surf Therapy as Occupational Therapy

Ability Surf is an innovative surf therapy service which utilises an OT practice model approach, delivered by an Occupational Therapist, to plan and tailor sessions to the individual to meet and achieve their goals. The essence of Ability Surf from an OT approach is for an individual with a disability to increase their independence and participation in an occupation which is meaningful to them (surfing) and to develop skills across all developmental areas using this occupation (surfing) as a vehicle to do so, in an environment which is motivating to them (natural environment- ocean and beach).

There is also an emphasis at Ability Surf of skill development and capacity building, in which parent involvement is required and in which there are opportunities for the person to transition to community groups or social skills surf therapy groups.

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We can’t wait to share a wonderful surfing and ocean experience with you!

Please get in touch via our contact form or call

0402 577 561 to chat to our friendly team.

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We acknowledge the Bundjalung people of the Bundjalung Nation who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
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