July 9 – August 1, 2019
Aquatic Safety, Environmental Education and Recreation are core components in Great Opportunities’ (GO) 4-week long summer program.
Approximately 60 participants explore recreational opportunities at local beaches in Orange County, accessible by public transportation or bicycle, with Doheny State Beach being GO’s predominately visited beach. As most do not have access to a personal vehicle, or a ride from their parents, participants are exposed to and taught how to access the area’s public transportation system (OCTA) safely and with supervision of GO Volunteers, GO LMTs and GO Lifeguards. Those who do not have the funds to pay for public transportation are encouraged to travel via bicycle, also under the supervision of GO Volunteers, GO LMTs and GO Lifeguards. Those who do not have bicycles are often provided (through GO’s #GO2 Bike Program) a bicycle of their own. At GO, we do our best to remove all the obstacles to participation in the GO Beach Awareness Program, so that these children have opportunities to:
- Participate in aquatic activities like – Surfing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling, Boogie Boarding
- Learn to fish
- Deep Sea fish on the Dana Pride – Dana Point Harbor
- Learn About: Waves, Rip Currents, Sand, Inshore Holes, Estuaries, Lagoons, Ocean Health
- Learn environmentally responsible habits
The challenges to the GO Beach Awareness Program include the acquisition, transportation and storage of beach activity equipment, and transportation of said equipment and participants. If you’d like to help GO Beach Awareness Program continue to open the “doors of opportunities”, as a volunteer, or through donation, please contact Great Opportunities.