In conjunction with the Brouwer family, Surfing WA is pleased to announce the launch of the Laeticia Brouwer Scholarship.

This scholarship has been created in memory of Laeticia and aims to encourage communities and individuals to work together to prevent further tragedies and to proactively promote surf and ocean safety.

The Scholarship forms part of a broader water safety initiative created by Surfing WA as we lead into our most popular “beach months” of the year.

Beach and Ocean safety underpins every aspect of what we do as an organization. Surfing WA Sport Development Manager Tom Dickson said that "given we instruct and communicate with tens of thousands of people regularly, it is fitting that we remind everyone the importance of being aware in the ocean whilst still enjoying it."

The Laeticia Brouwer scholarship is open to residents of Esperance – and focuses especially on young water users aged between 10 and 17. The winner of the scholarship will be awarded with over $1000 worth of surfing equipment and professional tuition.

Surfing WA and the Brouwer family will also be working closely with the local Esperance schools to promote the message. Teachers are encouraged to have conversations with students, regarding beach and ocean safety prior to the summer holiday break, via a series of worksheets and in class activities.  Following these activities, students are then encouraged to apply for the scholarship – with the winner due to be announced on Friday the 8th of December.

Download the scholarship application form here.
Please send completed forms to

In addition to the scholarship, Surfing WA will also conduct a free Surfers Rescue 365 Course in Esperance, on the weekend following the announcement of the scholarship winner, encouraging Recreational surfers to attend and learn vital water and life saving skills and techniques in the 3-hour course.

For more information on the scholarship, in class activities, or how to apply for the Surfers Rescue 365 course, please contact Surfing WA on 9448 0004