Florida Surfing Association teaches blind and deaf to surf

(WTLV) Dozens of blind and deaf children are making major waves on Jacksonville Beach.

The Florida Surfing Association is giving disabled children the chance to do something that many of us take for granted, swim and surf in the water.

More than 50 children who are either deaf and or blind are taking to the water as part of the program. The kids are from Florida’s School for the Deaf and Blind out of Saint Augustine. The event is called the Silent Surfer program.

Organizer and President of the Florida Surfing Association, Paul West says many deaf and blind students think surfing is a closed door, but teams of volunteers are working together to make it possible.

“Many of the kids have never been to the beach before, much less been in the ocean,” said West. “And, of course have even surfed. So, I think today really develops their self-esteem.”


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