Lisa Quirk created an innovative program for migrants unfamiliar with the surf to learn how to safely deal with the beach and ocean. Safety is the program's priority, which requires no previous ocean experience. The program came out of her participation in a Landmark Education leadership course, according to the Southern Courier, which wrote a story about the surf program.
Surf's up for migrants at Coogee Beach
by Leesa Smith
With scorching temperatures over the weekend, migrants learning to surf at Coogee beach on Sunday were at the perfect place.
The Migration 2 Surf program, which was piloted in April, offers a free introduction to surf-livesaving for people who have moved to Australia from countries that do not have a strong surf culture.
The course was created by Lisa Quirk as part of a Landmark Education leadership program which combines theoretical knowledge with basic practical water safety skills.
Coogee MP Paul Pearce awarded the new surfers with certificates.