Updated: Mar 13, 2019
Most surf schools teach surfing lessons by lining 10ft long boards on the beach, showing you how to jump to your feet on the sand, then taking you into the broken waves just meters off the shoreline.
Surfing lessons for kids should be taught on smaller boards, particularly those that are allowed to be used near or in the above locations. Large boards are impossible for kids to manoeuvre themselves, especially within the surf break. They are difficult to turn or pivot and once they get on to a wave are likely to nose dive because it is so hard to get large surfboards to tilt backward whilst gong down the wave. On the other hand - kids can paddle and turn smaller boards easier, and are obligated to learn the correct paddling technique for reasons of balance. Instructors can easily assist to push the kids onto waves and keep the boards from nose diving. They can also maintain safety standards with a smaller board within the surf break.
Boards should also have handles for added security. Kids should learn the skills to recover their boards if they lose them in a safe surfing area, however - leg ropes may help to add security when moving off the shoreline into the deeper water for the advanced parts of the surfing lessons.
Buying your first surfboard
Surfing is an intimidating sport to learn; therefore it is best to buy a foam surfboard that you can ride near swimming areas and away from the surfing locals. Try to find one with handles so parents can assist, this can even be done with toddlers. Make sure your surfboard has a leg rope, even though it is better to learn without one in a "safe surfing area, the leg rope will provide added security so your not afraid to have a go and fall off.