Surf Into Integrity Teaches Lessons Through Surfing
OCEAN CITY, Md.- Catching a wave, or catching a lesson, the Ocean City Surf Club wrapped up its last "Surf into Integrity" class this Sunday after six weeks of hard work.
Students from Stephen Decatur Middle School were able to sign up for the classes that took place on Wednesday and Sunday over the past six weeks. One student name Sofia said it's a great way to learn.
"You learn the lessons of Shaun Tomson while you surf," she said.
Volunteers from the club use the six weeks to teach these kids lessons about integrity and respect through surfing. President of the OCSC, Tom Vach said it's a great way to get kids to learn about integrity.
"It's important because in so many ways kids can get off track these days. This type of a program really helps a lot of kids stay on track," he said.
On the Sunday's the students would come out and start their day by talking about the chapters they went over in the class the week before. Once they are done talking over the lessons they have the opportunity to hit the water and ride some waves.
Students spent about an hour in the water working with the volunteers, catching a few waves, and celebrating their accomplishments after catching a gnarly wave.
Students say they learn valuable lessons both from the in class sessions and the actual surf lessons here in Ocean City. Although it's the last week for these students, they say the lessons will have a lasting effect.
"I'm gonna give respect to get respect," said Sofia.
Another student named Ava added, "same, I'm gonna give respect to get respect and I'm gonna like, do good deeds for people."
The Vice Principal of SDMS, Theresa Torpey said that she can notice a difference in school.
"Self confidence, definitely a big boost in self confidence and the kids just, it does carry into the classroom and we see them take risks."
The program is so popular that past students come back to volunteer their time.
"It's so much fun just helping the kids out and watching them for the first time stand up on a wave, cause knowing how hard it is, and everyone's just cheering and helping them out, it's just a lot of fun to be a part of," said Sam Woodley, a volunteer and former student in the program.
Unfortunately they can only take about 24 kids per year for the class because of safety reasons, but these kids said they are thankful for the opportunity. Members of the OCSC said that they have a wait list every year that can have over 60 kids wanting to get into the program.