ATPF partners with the San Diego Junior Lifeguards and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for Bridge to the Beach, an immersive summer program that gives children with autism and their families the opportunity to spend time at the beach in a safe, structured, and exciting way. The San Diego Junior Lifeguards provide kayaks, boogie boards, paddle boards, and surfboards, as well as lifeguard interns who work with ATPF volunteers to provide instruction and assistance for kids of all ages and abilities who want to try out water sports and enjoy the beach. Each ATPF child is paired with a Junior Lifeguard or volunteer for all activities.
ATPF hosts two Annual Bridge to the Beach Family Beach Days, one in June in Mission Bay and one in August in Mission Beach. In addition, ATPF hosts a week-long Bridge to the Beach Camp in mid-July. Since 2015, this program has served 618 children and over 290 families to date!
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