The Educational Programs
The educational concept at the basis of “HaGal Sheli” is the use of surfing as a tool for personal development.
Surfing is a fascinating extreme sport, which combines learning and experiencing. Coping with the waves and currents of the sea, the changing weather conditions, finding the balance point, falling off the surfboard over and over again, and dealing with uncertainty – all of these have overreaching effects, which impact other realms of life as well.
In a series of weekly meetings, the students receive individual attention and a personal empowerment program, in the framework of a cohesive group.
The “HaGal Sheli” program is a multi-year and multi-step program.
At first, in the Lighthouse program we work in full cooperation with an existing educational framework, thus making sure the success does not remain in the sea but continues on into real life. Later on, the kids join A Place For Life program, where they meet the entire spectrum of Israeli society; Next they join the Circles program and even start taking part and volunteering in different activities of “Hagal Sheli”. Finally – the Young Mentors program in which the kids go from being trainees – to becoming certified surfing instructors and mentors for the younger participants.