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Making History: Qualified Lifeguards from Masiphumelele

History has been made in Fish Hoek. For the first time, this summer, the beaches will be manned by qualified lifeguards from Masiphumelele. Waves4Change is making waves in the lifesaving communities from Fish Hoek and beyond as the successful youth empowerment programme is soon to be duplicated in Port Elizabeth and East London. Read more […]

W4C Founder wins Inyathelo Award

We’re stoked to announce that W4C founder Tim Conibear won the prestigious Inyathelo Philanthropy award for contribution to Community Sport. The Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards were established by The South African Institute for Advancement in 2007 to acknowledge, celebrate and profile those who have contributed towards broader social development in South Africa. This year Inyathelo celebrated […]

Empowering South African Girls Through Surfing

Empowering South African Girls Through Surfing In 2016 we decided to focus on girl participation. Last year, through our M&E we learnt that girls felt scared to walk to the beach and also nervous to surf with the boys. We listened to their voices and implemented changes to our programme: To ensure safe access to […]

Help us upgrade our Monwabisi Safe-Hub

upgrade monwabisi safe hub

Waves for Change is working with Breadline Africa to upgrade our safe hub at Monwabisi Beach. Monwabisi is the local beachfront for khayelitsha township, one of South Africa’s largest and most violent communities. Since 2011, W4C has been running surf therapy programmes at Monwabisi to connect at-risk youth to emotional support and surf therapy programmes. […]

Waves for Change seeks Site Manager for East London Site

W4C seeks Site Manager for East London, South Africa Waves for Change seeks an independent and self-motivated Site Manager to join Waves for Change to help improve the life opportunities for youth in East London through a proven surf therapy programme. Based in EL and reporting to the Cape Town head office, the Site Manager […]

When To Swipe Right

When To Swipe Right: Who Should You Partner With to Evaluate Your Program In our prior post we discussed when to consider 3rd party evaluations and introduced our experience working with 3rd parties to evaluate your program. In this post we’ll explore how we chose a partner to work with. As you will not have […]

Learning From The Past

Learning From The Past: 3rd Party Programme Assessments In the first part of our MEL series, we share our experiences and lessons learned from working with a third party to conduct a comprehensive programme evaluation. A Waves for Change focus group discussion. W4C 2015 Programme Assessment After years of internally evaluating and improving our programme, […]


W4C is an award-winning organisation based in Cape Town led by surfers and mental health professionals. We have developed evidence-based learn-to-surf programmes that alleviate symptoms of trauma in at-risk youth. In 2016, we want to share our experience with you, so more young people can experience the joy of the ocean. We’re looking for dedicated, […]