Share a totally pawsome hobby with your best friend, get fitter together, get outdoors and reap the benefits of surf therapy
Scooter and his Mumma Kirstie have been surfing and paddleboarding together since 2020. Kirstie decided to teach Scooter so the best friends could spend even more time together. Scooter is a rescue dog from the streets of Portugal and Kirstie’s Assistance Dog, he’s also a Pets As Therapy UK Dog. He visits patients, staff and visitors at St Richard’s Hospital Chichester, care homes, schools and police stations. He also runs his own Surf Therapy sessions called One Wave Bracklesham Bay, raising awareness of Mental Health and helps children learn to read at Chichester Free School. Profits from Scooter’s Surf School go to purchasing equipment, hire of the doggy swimming pool and to give back to the sanctuary that rescued Scooter from the streets.
Whether you think your dog is scared of water or just loves to swim and splash around we can help you both build confidence in and on the water. We start our courses at Therapaws the doggy swimming pool in Sidlesham near Chichester. The pool has a ramp and is heated which makes it safe, secure and perfect for nervous doggos. Get in the pool with your dog and try out the boards away from the beach, lake or river at your own pace.
Just as us 2 leggeds need to be fit enough to take part in certain sports or passtimes our 4 legged friends do to. At Scooter’s Surf School we dont just plonk dogs on boards and hope for the best. Your dogs will warm up and stretch before class then take part in a circuit of exercises specially designed to improve their core strength, balance, flexibility and mobility so that when they hit the water they are ready to go and less likely to fall in. We use professional FitPaws equipment. Our instructors are Canine First Aid trained and we are fully insured. Your dogs welfare is our No.1 priority.
Class sizes are small, no more than 6 dogs in each group. Up to 2 humans per dog including kids. Some equipment available to hire, no previous experience necessary. We will capture fabulous footage for you using GoPro cameras.
Contact us for information on latest course dates and times, availability and prices.
Beach sessions take place at Bracklesham Bay near Billy’s On The Beach Cafe. Plenty of parking and toilets.
New week night courses
Thursday 5th August to Thursday 26th August
Weeks 1 and 2 at Therapaws Doggy swimming pool. 7-8pm
Weeks 3 and 4 at Bracklesham Beach Tide dependent but looking like week 3 5-6pm week 4 7-8pm
Thursday 2nd September to Thursday 23rd September
Weeks 1 and 2 at Therapaws Doggy Swimming Pool 7-8pm
weeks 2 and 3 at Bracklesham Beach ride dependant looking like 5-6pm and 7-8pm
Cost £99 per dog
SUP Hire £10 per session (limited availability so must pay at time of booking)
Terms and conditions apply, dogs must be at least 10 months old. No aggressive dogs, owners responsible for dog at all times.
Check out our cool range of Doggy Hoodies and Tees. For general walkies, a Pawty, pint down the pub or to warm up after a surf, treat your doggo to these 1of a kind bespoke garments.
Sizes to fit teeny tiny pups to great big mutts.