About us and our aims
BSV gives military veterans, Blue Light Services and their families an opportunity to socialise, surf and support one another in an informal and friendly setting, without judgement or questioning.
Integration back into civilian life is often a challenge for veterans. BSV, with its focus on the surfing experience gives people the activity and excitement that creates well-being, the chance for quality family time and re-engagement with the non-military/services world: in turn this provides networking opportunities for work, whether paid or voluntary, and connection to the wider community.
Sometimes veterans have finished their service career but the memories and experiences can live on in distressing ways. Engaging in BSV activities, specifically surfing plus being understood without having to explain oneself, and knowing support is there if needed, all help in an individual’s recovery.
The nature of BSV tries to keep its overheads and organisation to a minimum, focusing 100% on supporting the veterans. Everything is provided for by a band of volunteers who not only give their help but support and friendship too.
It’s hoped that the club can continue to support our veterans. An event program, including track days, residential courses and workshops is already underway. While participants mostly fund their own way, it’s hoped financial support can be made available in special cases, so no-one need feel excluded in this regard.