Join us for an exciting and engaging event on World Mental Health Day! We're gathering at the beautiful Fishermans Beach in Torquay for a unique paddle-out experience that will raise awareness for community mental health and wellbeing.
WHY A PADDLE OUT?
The Paddle Out is a symbolic community event, uniting us to raise awareness for mental health, suicide prevention and ocean conservation.
World Mental Health Day was established by The World Health Organization (WHO) and falls annually. This community event is part of the global efforts of the International Surf Therapy Organization (ISTO), and there will be many paddlers taking part in sister events held worldwide from Australia to California!
Being in the ocean has proven therapeutic value, and surfing and other ocean based activities can increase emotion regulation, social connection, getting into flow state, being present, leaving everyday stress behind on the shore, and the natural release of dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- A combination of movement and reflective activities inviting you to connect with yourself, others and the environment
- A paddle out into the water to create a circle and get an epic group photo
- The opportunity to connect with inspiring and like minded people in our community
- A challenge by choice environment where you only have to participate as much as feels comfortable.
- Register via the link below
- Meet at 7am at Fishermans Beach carpark on Tuesday the 10th of October
- Bring your surf board, paddle board, kayak, or body board whatever floats your boat
- Bring your wetsuit, towels and water
- Coffees are on Ocean Mind at Salty Dog afterwards
- If you don’t have a board but would like to attend please contact ocean mind and we can arrange one for you.
No matter your surfing skill level, everyone is welcome to participate in this empowering event. Dive into a day filled with laughter, connection, and community. Together, we'll create a sea of positive energy and inspire others to prioritise their mental well-being.