Learn to surf at school!!! School Surfing lessons normally incorporate the use of rips to get out through the surf to enable fast and efficient stand up surfing development, enabling the participants to learn about surf education whilst having fun in the surf.
For primary and secondary schools, using 6ft, 7ft and 8ft soft boards.
Dee Why – Sydney’s Northern beaches
*Programs can also be held at Manly, however spaces are limited to terms 2, 3 and early term 4, and 6ft boards are only permissible.
The Dee Why venue is perfect for this program with good sandbanks and rips, providing a protected southern corner for beginners with a calm rip. Further north allows for more advanced groups. Dee Why is consistently the best venue for all school surfing programs.
Program - Learn to stand up surf
Surfing skills such as sitting up, pivoting and manoeuvring boards
Negotiating the surf
Using rips/current and sandbanks (dependant on surf conditions)
Catching a wave from standing position
Standing up on surfboard
Catching unbroken waves from out the back
Cornering a wave
* Conditions dependant
Minimum 24 - we can have 40 in each group at one time. Anything above this will have to incorporate a buddy system or other surf skills like surf negotiation, body surfing, foam boards
Our hands on instruction method
Surfing is not all about learning how to stand, it is about learning how to catch a breaking wave as it transforms from a swell to a wave. If you can master this - standing up is a mere formality.
It is important that the instructors are able to use the safe rips to get participants to the break without too much trouble, and then line them up in a position where they can manoeuvre their boards around without getting hit by a wave while getting into position.
The surfing skill comes from watching and understanding a wave as it breaks, so as you can position yourself in the perfect area to catch the wave, and then accelerate your paddling at the correct time to move down the face of the wave. Once you have mastered this you will have a split second to move your hands into the correct position to adjust your weight back - without falling off the wave (this is why small boards are so much easier).
From here you learn how to catch the wave as it breaks (the thrill of coming down the face of a wave is unforgettable). Through learning all the above skills - you have naturally progressed to a stage where you understand how to safely stand up at the crucial stage of "catching a breaking wave". Your hands are positioned correctly, your weight is distributed correctly and you then notice that due to the downward angle of the surf board, standing up and surfing will become a much easier prospect.
Advancing skills by learning how to surf the wave across the face is the next step, finally - body surfing and surf negotiation without a surf board.
With these skills plus extra skills leant including body surfing - you have developed the required confidence to allow you to continue learning to surf within your own comfort zone.