Braille Institute Students Learn to Surf Via School Set Up by Roger Caldwell and His OB Surf & Skate Shop
By Surfline / July 18, 2011
Ocean Experience Surf School and Braille Institute San Diego unite for the 11th annual surf camp for visually impaired students on Monday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Located at Mission Point and South Mission Beach Jetty, this three-day surf camp truly breaks the barriers faced by Braille Institute students.
The focus of this program is to provide the visually impaired students, the opportunity to experience the joy and thrill of surfing. With a step-by-step surf skill progression and through the use of adaptive equipment, Braille Institute campers will explore all the fundamentals of surfing, including: balance training on the Indo Board, paddling progression, the “pop up”, catching waves, water safety and oceanography.
“The lessons essentially bring together the adaptive skills we teach in our program,” said Katie Wischmeyer, youth services manager at Braille Institute San Diego. “Knowing this, the instructors at Ocean Experience are great at ensuring all steps are done to make the surf camp accessible to our young surfers.”
Through Ocean Experience’s surf training program, each camper walks away with a newfound sense of confidence. The quality instruction and use of adaptive equipment ensures success for all students, building a sense of accomplishment that in turn, builds self-assurance.
“Our young students love any activity that is both educational and fun,” said Wischmeyer. “Couple that with this surf camp, and the resulting experience encompasses what we at Braille Institute wish for all our students: Independence.”
In addition to surf camp, Braille Institute also offers various activities that continuously teach students how to adapt to a sighted world. Other events held annually are white-water rafting, camping and jet skiing. Braille Institute’s Car Rallye is also held every August where each student with brailled directions team up with a driver to navigate them to the finish line.
The Braille Institute Surf Camp will run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Wednesday, July 18 – 20, 2011. For more information about the Braille Institute surf camp or Ocean Experience Surf School, please email Lanette Jorgensen, at LanetteJ@OBSurfSkate.com or call (805) 794-3014.
About Ocean Experience Surf School
Established in 1999 by owner, Rodger Caldwell, OCEAN BEACH SURF & SKATE opened its doors to provide sister company, OCEAN EXPERIENCE SURE SCHOOL, with a retail store and home base. With the ocean as your classroom, you need the most advanced technology in surfing equipment and Ocean Beach Surf & Skate provides just that. Recently voted “Best Surf Shop” and “Best Skate Shop” by San Diego CityBeat’s 2010 Best Of and “gold-medal winner” of The Peninsula Beacon’s Readers Choice Awards for “Best Skate Shop,” Ocean Beach Surf & Skate promotes the Southern California lifestyle while supplying core needs to surfers and skateboarders alike. Ocean Experience Surf School and Ocean Beach Surf & Skate take pride in providing positive and meaningful experiences to all clients, patrons and associates and conduct all business with the highest standards of service, integrity and quality.
About Braille Institute
Braille Institute is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. Through educational training, programs and services, Braille Institute helps tens of thousands of people each year regain and maintain their independence. Thanks to generous donations, Braille Institute services are available free of charge. More information can be found at www.brailleinstitute.org