Learn to surf programs

Healing minds one wave at a time

Introducing surf therapy

Our surf therapy programs are based at Point Leo beach on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

Our programs are aimed at those with very little to no surfing experience as they are a basic learn to surf course. Each program runs for 4 weeks (4 x 2hr lessons each weekend) and are free of charge to all participants thanks to our generous sponsors and program partners.

Getting started

Each surfer is provided with a surfboard, wetsuit and booties for each lesson and a post-surf meal is provided for everyone. Our surf coaches are accredited, qualified and experienced instructors keen to make your surfing experience a fun time.

Quality all the way

We aim to deliver a gold standard, high quality surf therapy program that connects first responders and veterans and exposes them to the benefits of surfing and the healing power of the ocean.



I luckily snagged a last minute spot with Operation Soul Surf which couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. For someone who has a busy life, the internal peace felt whilst cruising the water really drilled home to me how important it is to actively seek experiences that bring joy to your life; and that the ocean did.

With the help of the ripper team at the East Coast Surf School, I rode my first wave on the second session! Along the four weeks I met some wonderful people, heard from a wealth of life experiences and fostered friendships that I hope continue into the future. OSS have created an amazing program…whole crew was supportive, it didn’t matter if you’d had a little experience or were a complete novice, there were barrels of laughs (and wipeouts) all around. I highly recommend anyone who is afforded the opportunity, to give it your best shot! It was an absolute treasure of an experience I’m incredibly grateful for.

Jennifer OSS1 participant



I had such an amazing experience as part of OSS and am very grateful for the opportunity.

I highly recommend it to everyone. Please don’t hesitate to sign up. I first thought that there were more deserving people, however I was lucky to get a spot and  it is a warm, accommodating and friendly environment with the most patient and kind instructors. Thank-you so much Baz, I truly wish that everyone could experience the program, in which you don’t only learn to surf, but you also get to simmer in the good vibes that this group and program fosters. I am so grateful for the opportunity and truly encourage everyone to fill out the form and get involved.

Megan OSS2 participant

OSS learn to surf programs are open to current or former police, fire or ambulance employees as well as military veterans.


Help for First responders

OSS offers a supportive and engaging atmosphere for participants to learn to surf at a pace they are comfortable with 

Operation Soul Surf

Surfing is a ‘whole of body’ experience that engages both mind and body, providing an overall health benefit to those involved with our programs. Our learn to surf programs are open to current or former police, fire or ambulance employees as well as military veterans.

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Operation Soul Surf

Operation Soul Surf acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters on which we work, live and surf. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging as well as all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Communities