Please Pay Forward Positive Waves for Newquay

by Rebecca Mantle in Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th September 2023 we successfully raised £3,230 with 40 supporters in 56 days

Crowdfunding to deliver water confidence courses & supported ocean activities to those in Newquay who need them most.

by Rebecca Mantle in Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Positive Waves sessions will be personalised to those taking part, based on their situation, personal goals and comfort levels. We aim to provide a supportive and fun learning environment, and offer a positive growth opportunity in peoples lives.

We'll offer multiple water sessions to each participant, not just a one off experience, to enable us to gradually build confidence, knowledge and skills over time. 

Our hope is that we can work together to raise over £3,000, this will enable us to offer a life changing water confidence, ocean awareness and activity course to a good number of local people. The multiple sessions will allow people to progress at their own pace, in a supportive, nurturing environment.

For those who are willing the whole range of our ocean activities will be on offer, it could be coasteering, surfing, bodyboarding, paddle boarding or kayaking.

Our stretch target is £5,000 which would mean that so many more people can join us for a life changing learning journey, and would be incredibly valuable for the local community. 

Beyond that the skies the limit… the more funds that are paid forward by kind and generous souls, the more people we can help. The ultimate dream is that this may be able to be a long term project. That would be amazing and of such value to Newquay and the surrounding communities.

Positive Waves 


Calling all water lovers to unite & send waves of positivity across Newquay; it’s an opportunity to make a real difference to the physical & mental health of the local community.

A Community Project for Newquay

This is a community project based right here in the heart of Newquay. It’s a pay it forward campaign created to help people access the ocean in a safe, supportive and positive way.

The physical & mental health benefits of spending time in the water are well documented, yet there are many people in Cornwall who don't have access to the ocean due to chronic health conditions, physical limitations or impairments, lack of confidence, social constraints or psychological barriers.

We want to help people find a way to access the ocean. Through supportive ocean sessions we'll focus on building their confidence and skills, and guiding them on a personal journey to feel more at ease in the water.

There is much to be gained both personally, and for the community by encouraging increased engagement with the ocean environment around Newquay.

Our Mission

Positive Waves is crowdfunding to offer water confidence courses and supported ocean activities to those in our community who don't currently access the water, but so greatly need the benefits. We want to open doors for people, and show them new possibilities; by gaining confidence in the ocean, the positive ripples of improved physical & mental health may start to transform other parts of their lives as well.

Supported Ocean Sessions

We want to help people access the ocean, enjoy their time in the water and benefit from the restorative energy of the sea. There are a host of physical and mental health benefits to spending time in the ocean, so there is much to gain from a gradual, supported learning journey, taking time to gain confidence & learn skills in the ocean environment.

  • We will offer fun water sessions for all ages and abilities
  • Small groups sessions with attentive coaches attention
  • Supportive, no pressure environment
  • Positive Goal Setting. Everyone is on their own journey and has their own personal goals, there is no need for comparison or competition. 
  • Sessions will be personalised to suit our guests
  • Multiple sessions will be offered to build water confidence gradually

The Fundraising Plan

Over the summer season we are crowdfunding so that come the autumn, we can offer water confidence sessions and supported ocean activities to those in Newquay who need them most. The funds raised by Positive Waves will go 100% towards delivering valuable, personalised and impactful sessions. 

We’ve already started our outreach to local charities, schools, community groups to identify those in their networks who'll benefit from supported ocean sessions, and we believe that this proactive engagement will help Positive Waves reach the people who need it most. 

We also invite you to contact us and initiate a conversation if you're associated with a charity or community group who’d like to benefit from our supported ocean sessions. Please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

Please Pay It Forward

If you’ve already discovered the buzz and energising feeling of being in the water, and all the good vibes it bestows, we'd love you to help us send ripples of goodwill across Newquay bay.

Through Positive Waves we're asking you to please make a positive pledge, and pay forward a financial amount into our fund; it’s a chance to lift local people up on a wave of kindness and generosity, to give someone the promise of ocean adventure, and be part of a community movement that has the potential to transform lives.

Together we can make a huge difference. Please help us send Positive Waves across Newquay.

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

Support Us & Join Our Community

The real reward of paying it forward comes in knowing that your act of kindness will give someone the opportunity to experience the ocean. You're radiating good vibes and sharing your love of the sea.

£10 or more

Social Media Shout Out

To thank you for your support we'll give you a social media shout out, and let our followers and tribe of ocean enthusiasts know how awesome you are

£25 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Boog Your Brains Out in Newquay

Full Day Wetsuit & Bodyboard Hire. This adventure has been kindly donated by Rob and the amazing team at Bodyboard Holidays.

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Surf Your Socks Off at Crantock Beach

A full day of Wetsuit & Surfboard Hire, kindly donated by Dale and the amazing team at Big Green Surf School in Crantock. Thank you.

£40 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding across the stunning Newquay Bay is one of the top activities to do in Cornwall. This adventure has been kindly donated by Rob and the amazing team at Newquay Activity Centre.

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Sea Kayaking Adventure

Join us on an ocean adventure that will amaze you. This adventure has been kindly donated by Rob and the amazing team at Newquay Activity Centre.

£100 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Private 1:1 Women and Waves Surf Coaching

This one's for the ladies. Private 1:1 surf coaching session with an experienced female Women and Waves surf coach. Whether you're a beginner wanting to catch your first waves, or a progressor wanting to work on specific techniques, this session will be personalised, supportive and super fun. This has been kindly donated by Women and Waves

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Dawny With Your Besties

Join the Dawn Patrol with this epic private surf lesson for you and up to 7 friends. Beat the crowds and head out for a private lesson first thing. Enjoy focussed tuition, and empty waves; it'll be an incredible experience. You can then keep your board and wetsuit for the rest of the day and surf to your hearts content. (Participants must be over 8 years old).

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

The Dream Maker

This is a bucket list kind of day for you and up to 7 others. Whether you'd like an early morning sea kayak, followed by coasteering in the afternoon, or maybe a blissful stand up paddle board at dawn with a private surf lesson after lunch. Tell us what you enjoy and we'll plan it for you based on the tides and the conditions. It'll be the ultimate personalised day of ocean adventure. (Participants must be over 8 years old).

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 Night Stay at The Blue Room Hostel for 4 Guests

Lee and Sungyim at The Blue Room Hostel in Newquay have kindly donated a 4 person dorm room for a 2 night stay. This is an amazing surf lodge, 5 minutes from Great Western Beach, and with friendly and kind hosts. Thank you so much Lee & Sungyim.

£180 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Weekend Surf

A weekend (or 2 days back to back) of private surf lessons. Maximise your progression with 1:1 coaching, and enjoy some great waves in Newquay

£350 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Private Super SUP Snorkel

Private 2 hour Super SUP Snorkel adventure for you and your family & friends (max group size is 8 people). Above & below the waterline exploration of Newquay's stunning coastline. Paddle, dive & make memories together as a family. Hilarious fun, and a perfect activity for all the family. (Participants must be over 8 years old). Kindly donated by Rob and the amazing team at Newquay Activity Centre.

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