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Private surf lessons

Surfing & surf swimming private lessons at Manly Beach. Snorkelling experience in Cabbage Tree Bay off Manly

Private Surf and surf swim lessons

Program 1 - Surfng

Program 2 - Surf swimming

Program 3 - Snorkelling

Program 1. – Surfing $110 for one person (1hr 30) BOOK NOW 

To add a 2nd participant at $50 cash on the day, please email, or add to booking notes

Surfing. A specialised surf program for Adults and or children, providing safe surf lessons on a foam surfboard at Manly Beach, Sydney, for beginners and experienced surfers

SEA Australia is the exclusive license holder at Manly Beach (south end) to run surf programs. This stunning venue offers so many options, including the safe south corner of Manly beach & flat water areas in the Cabbage Tree Bay, which allows for the program to be improvised if the beach is subject to dangerous conditions, plus the addition of other activities including our surfing/snorkelling program.


On a foam surf board; Paddling skills, catching waves from out the back of the surf break, negotiating the surf, negotiating rips safely,

*Programs include a foam surf board tailored to size and weight, leg ropes, wetsuits or thermal vests where required, program identifying sun vests. Bigger boards are available for those who struggle on the smaller surf craft

Program 2 - Surf Swimming, surf skills courses $110 for one person (1 hr 30). BOOK NOW To add a 2nd participant at $50 cash on the day, please email, or add to booking notes.

To book a private lesson with Craig Riddington, please email

• Rip education - Identify and understand rips, sandbanks and the natural flow of the ocean within the surf break
• Surf skills - Negotiating the surf by using the bottom heading out and catching waves back into the beach
• Wading and dolphin diving
• Ocean swimming - learning how to look forward without breaking stroke and changing body position
• Ocean  swimming - racing tips i.e. Slipstreaming and dragging off other swimmers
• Option to learn paddling on surf craft, and basic surfing skills

*Learning outputs are dependent on surf conditions, more sessions may be required to complete all components

Private lesson with Craig Riddington $199 for one person (1hr 15)

To add a 2ndparticipant at $100 please email

Program 3 - Snorkelling $110 for one person (1 hr 30) BOOK NOW To add a 2nd participant at $50 cash on the day, please email, or add to booking notes

Snorkelling in Cabbage Tree Bay. Paddle or out from Manly south corner or Shelly Beach into Cabbage Tree Bay on foam boards or with a noodle, to view the marine life and rock platforms with snorkel and masks. Also learn about the incredible and unique coastline surrounding Manly Beach, Cabbage Tree Bay, Shelly Beach and North Head.

The venue is spectacular - due to the variation in the coastal composition, the dynamic sea life in the marine reserve, unique rock platforms, and stunning beaches & cliff faces, providing a picturesque education platform amid the Manly surrounds.

For more information of Cabbage Tree bay Sea life visit:

Check out the blogs for surf tips and education.

Cancellation Policy

1.) Cancellations by the client outside of 14 days: Option to postpone booking to another available program date, or receive a 90% refund (10% applies to 3rd party booking fee & admin fees). Please supply us with booking details for refund.

2.) Cancellations inside of 14 days: Option to reschedule to another available program date, 90% refund considered on “compassionate grounds” only.

3.) Cancellations inside of 24 hours: No option to reschedule other than on “compassionate grounds” only

4.) Cancellations by SEA Australia due to closed beaches or government health restrictions: Option to reschedule to another available program date or 100% refund.


Recently I, along with a group from our Surf Lifesaving Club, was fortunate enough to complete the surf skills and ocean swimming course with Craig Riddington and Jono Stock. Craig's record as an ocean and surf swimmer and athlete is outstanding, so it was no surprise that he is able to demonstrate an incredible level of skill in the water.

The key to successful adult learning is to be able to explain, show and teach. It is in these areas that Craig and Jono excel. The lessons are tailored to the learning objectives of the group and the conditions of the day. The underlying theory was explained, the skills were demonstrated and then practiced until the competency was achieved.

Different people have different objectives when looking for training. Whether it be for skills, competition or just to feel more confident in the ocean, this course is excellent. Perhaps the most valuable part is the way in which Craig and Jono are able to teach people to think about moving through the ocean. This approach sets up the attendees for ongoing learning and development.

Can't recommend this course highly enough.

Darryl Walker

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