Frequently Asked Questions

Waivers: download a waiver here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is considered a Special Surfer?

Any child or young adult who has special needs (physical, mental or emotional) is welcome to come. Please consult with your doctor if you have concerns. If you feel like your child or young adult is a good
candidate, bring us your special SuperSurfer!

What is Special Surfer Night?

Special Surfer Night is an evening where special needs kids get to bulldoze their way into the mainstream world of surfing where they feel powerful and focused. Special Surfer Night is the brainchild of Maureen Dow, a Special Education Teacher at Morrison Center. Maureen called in 2004 and asked if we’d take a few kids on the Spectrum (Autism/Aspergers) out for a surf class. We took 3 kids, and
the program has been growing ever since.

Where does the event take place? Where do I park?

Gooch’s Beach (AKA Kennebunk Beach). We will be set up at the center lifeguard stand (across the street from Crescent Ave). You can’t miss us, look for all the surfboards! The town of Kennebunk waives the parking requirements so that all spaces are available. Please leave the closest spots for the physically handicapped if you are able to walk from a parking space away from the center lifeguard stand. There is also ample parking on Bayberry Ave, Surf Ave, Peninsula Ave and Beach Ave. Please send a nice thank you note to Kathy Nolette at town hall for taking care of this for us!

When is Special Surfer Night?

Always the third Tuesday of June, July and August. Every summer. Third Tuesday of the summer months. ALWAYS. 5:00 P.M. The Special Surfers (SuperSurfers) arrive at the beach and start getting into their wetsuits. 5:00 HEROES,( Volunteers not SuperSurfers) arrive at Aquaholics for the orientation and informative chat.

Why does Aquaholics offer this?

Everyone thanks US, but we want to thank the Special Surfers and their parents, guardians, assistants, nurses and caregivers for sharing these great Special People with us! We’re not sure who is having more fun- the volunteers, the families or the Special Surfers! One thing is for sure, it’s THE BEST!

How do I register my Special Needs Surfer?

You can signup your special surfer here.  Volunteers can also sign up too.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes, of course.  Participants and Volunteers need to sign waivers.  Don't forget to print and fill out your waiver... if you bring your completed waiver, it will save everyone a bunch of time!  Download waivers here.

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