If you need encouragement to get out into the surf, Swell Mamas is the place to find it. This family friendly surfing mum’s group was started by two empowered women, Lucy Cousens and Geraldine Archibald, who want to impart their support for to others in the Inverloch area. While anytime is a good time to take up surfing, the warmer weather brings out the masses to the glorious sea.
ALL WOMEN WELCOME
All women are welcome whether or not they have ever set a toe in the water before. In fact, there is a “sister-surfer” system that links up one woman with another at the beach. You learn together while you share child care duties. What a great way to have a few moments free to catch a wave or two. Safety is always a priority and never a concern. It is all about attentive supervision while you have fun in the sun.
Getting out the boards and wetsuits is just the beginning. Don’t worry if you don’t have any gear, Swell Mamas has soft boards and wetties for members to use at any time. The only rule is to make sure you rinse the wetties in fresh water after use. Meanwhile everyone keeps up to date on their newfound hobby. A weekly e-mail forecasts the surf conditions, and keeps everyone in touch with upcoming events.
Swell Mamas is receiving recognition for its special program such as by the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards that encourage outstanding contributions across rural Victoria. In addition, the group is the winner of the Medibank Healthy Participation Award. Service to others is the name of the game with Swell Mamas, who use surfing and beach play as a vehicle to promotive individual and community, health and wellbeing, social connection and inclusiveness, personal development, environmental awareness, and appreciation and safety. It is a recipe for success to be sure.
Playing it safe by the water is an example of the high-caliber programs fostered by Swell Mamas. This event boasted of 30 participants who came out on a beautiful sunny day. World Tour Surfer, Bec Woods, and stars of the First Love film, India Payne and Jess Laing, came down to the beach to lead the program and take the group surfing. Other activities include Surfing Vic, a surfing clinic along the coast of Victoria for women and girls to learn surf craft and beach safety.
Swell Mamas has the right idea when it comes to empowering women to learn a challenging new sport and have great fun at the same time. Inverloch can be proud of the two founding entrepreneurs and encourage everyone to share in emulating their spirit.