Surf Therapy Program for Survivors

The OisF believes in the power of the sea to help strengthen and heal – it is our mission to get survivors and their families in and around the ocean, so that they can experience this power firsthand and learn a useful new tool to lean on in their healing journey.  In furtherance of this mission, The OisF has developed a Surf Therapy Program for survivors for women ages 17 and up who have suffered from abuse or been exposed to domestic violence.  It is the first program of its kind in the United States. 


Who is eligible to apply for this Surf Therapy Program?

This Program is open to women who have suffered from abuse or been exposed to domestic violence. Women ages 17 and up are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be able to swim, but no surfing experience is necessary! 

What is this Program all about?  

The Program will be a combination of surf instruction and land-based activities held in Spring Lake, NJ. Each Program will be limited to 10 participants. Surf instructors from Hammer Surf School will work with the participants while in the water and OisF team members will work with the participants while on the beach.  The Program will include time for relaxing on the beach and engaging in talk circles, where the group can get to know each other and reflect on the surfing experience, among other things.  Activities on the beach will provide opportunities for relationship building as well as acts of service, such as a beach clean up.

What is the cost of this Program? 

There is no cost to attend this Program. Your participation is sponsored by The OisF.

When is this Program? 

The 2022 Summer Program was a terrific success.  We are currently in the process of planning for the 2023 Summer Program - so stay tuned.  Participants will meet one evening a week every other week all summer.   If a session needs to be canceled because of weather or rough surf, we will do our best to reschedule the session at a time that works best for the group and the surf instructors.

How do I apply for this Program? 

To be considered for the OisF Survivor Surf Therapy Program for the Summer 2023, please fill out the online application below.  Applications for the Program will be considered on a rolling basis. 

The OisF deeply respects the privacy of all applicants and will maintain the confidentiality of all information disclosed in the applications.  Responses will only be seen by select members on The OisF team reviewing applications.




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