The STAR/PAL Annual Surf Clinic gives 60 kids, ages 9-15, the opportunity to learn about ocean safety and the sport of surfing. Youth participants from the STAR/PAL MYT program and various other community youth organizations hit the surf with volunteers from several law enforcement and public safety agencies. California State Park Lifeguards give a presentation to all participants about being safe in the ocean, including how to spot and escape rip currents, avoid stingrays, treat jellyfish stings, as well as basic beach safety tips. After their water safety talk, kids catch a wave with the help of law enforcement and public safety volunteers and enjoy a BBQ lunch.
This one-day summer clinic is not only the first exposure to the sport of surfing for many of the youth participants, but also their first time ever visiting the beach. This clinic allows youth the opportunity to engage with law enforcement in a positive environment, and also offers them exposure to a unique sport as well as teaches them about being safe in a potentially hazardous natural resource.