Surfrider Pacific Rim knows that young people are the future guardians of the environment, and opportunities need to be provided early for students so they can begin their stewardship journey! To achieve this, we have introduced a school program that creates awareness around ocean protection, and teaches youth how to become environmental change makers!

With this, we are motivated to make Surfrider Programs accessible to all youth in our region, allowing youth to take part in clean ups, how to become campaigners, and make a positive difference in their community. We will be encouraging students to take an interest in different forms of campaigning and creating solutions for local problems, and eventually teaching criteria that could lead to future employment in environment sustainability. Youth are the future, and they are key to creating environmental change in the present.
Groms rule.

The YES program currently has two sub programs and one official club:

  1. Sustainability Class

  2. Trash to Treasure

  3. Surfrider Youth Club

If you’re a teacher that’s interested in bringing the YES Program to your school, or interested gaining resources from this Program, please contact

Thanks to our excellent partners and sponsors who continue to ensure this program is a success, and can be accessed by all students in the Pacific Rim, including the Ucluelet Elementary School, the Ucluelet Secondary School, Vans Canada, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Ucluelet, the Province of British Columbia and Nanaimo Science.