Long Beach students get on board at Surfer’s Healing event

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Students braved the waves on Sept. 10, when they attended the annual Surfers Healing Surf Camp in Lido Beach. Members of Long Beach High School’s Life Skills program and the district’s special education program joined attendees from neighboring schools for an uplifting and sensational experience.

Professional Surfers Healing instructors fit participants for life jackets and accompanied them into the water on long boards. They paddled out and guided the students in eventually standing and riding waves back to the shore. Many administrators and staff members cheered them on from the sand, and high school volunteers were on-site to distribute medals share encouragement. 

Surfers Healing seeks to enhance the lives of children and teens with special needs, specifically those with autism. The organization’s stellar team, coupled with the ocean’s therapeutic effect has been making a difference in the lives of its participants for more than 18 years. This was one of many one-day Surfers Healing camps held across the nation and was organized in partnership with the Town of Hempstead.