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 surf camp

Over a 4-week period, the Happy Dolphins Summer Surf Camp teaches 45 children, ages 10 to 16 from Cabarete and Puerto Plata. Our goal is to offer 360 lessons; each child will receive 8 lessons. The program includes water shoes, lycra, surf gear, and snacks. Surfing is not only one of the coolest sports in the world for a child to practice

It also brings many physical and psychological benefits. 


By surfing regularly, children get a full-body workout, as it is one of the most intense cardiovascular sports on water. The child sees it as a fun time, not as tedious exercise. Surfing is also great for a child's mental health. It offers stress and anxiety release, often common in kids at risk. All of this contributes to the child's overall well-being. The Happy Dolphins Summer Surf Camp teaches kids about safety in open water and encourages them to get to know the beach they are visiting: wave patterns, currents, and what to do in times of uncertainty. A sense of pride grows in the child, as he returns home and tells siblings and parents of his surfing adventure.

lifesaver certification

Our goal is to create up to 80 certified National Lifeguards with Standard First Aid & CPR-C by 2023/24. This fall, we coordinated a program with the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society to make this a reality. "Drowning is preventable", by building a team of lifesavers, Happy Dolphins is not only promoting a safer environment in our beaches and hotel pools but also creating confident leaders who earn a clean and dignified living in the ocean. 


At Happy Dolphins, we consider lifesavers modern-day superheroes The program also contributes to the north shore blue economy by the benefiting the tourism industry in support of a better, of a safer experience for visitors. 


Help us create leaders through new and exciting job opportunities!

swim instructor certification

Our goal is to create up to 100 certified Swim Instructors by 2023/24. This fall, we coordinated a program with the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society to make this a reality.

Did you know that out of 10 kids, 8 DON'T know how to swim in the Dominican Republic? This is due to an ancestral fear of drowning, especially as the mama has to work from sunrise until dusk, and often

the father figure is missing altogether. Learning to swim empowers the child and gives him access to the wonderful playground that are our tropical waters. Plus, swimming opens a world of job opportunities in water sports. The Swim Trainer Certification program will enable young individuals to teach swimming to the little ones in the community.


Thanks to access to community pools generously given by local foundations such as Inspire DR, the children of Puerto Plata and Cabarete will learn to swim, and we will change the statistics around to 8 out of 10 children knowing how to swim!