Before we can even think about surfing, we need to get comfortable with being surrounded by water. Water and especially waves can be scary if you do not know how to swim. As a result of that in the first lessons, we teach how to swim.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
In 2021 a new group of kids has started at Coach Thomas Youth Development as you can see in the pictures above. South Africa is a very young country. In 2020 almost 30% of our population was 14 and younger. These young people face substance abuse and violence in every community. We, as a society, need to ensure a safe environment for all our young ones. We at CTYD stopped looking away and started acting a long time ago in teaching them soccer, surfing, and other activities to get them off the streets. And again, Nelson Mandela is our source of inspiration: