One of the most common questions we are asked when someone books in for surfing lessons is, “How many surf lessons should I have?” The answer is quite simple really – it depends! Depending on what you want to achieve, how much confidence you have, and what type of learner you are, we can offer a range of options for you.
Is your goal to stand up on a surfboard once or twice so that you can say you’ve done it and check it off your bucket list? If that is the case, you will most likely reach this goal within the first or second lesson. Do you want to ride a few waves, try out a few different size surf boards, and learn a few skills beyond just standing up and riding straight in the whitewater? You will probably need a few more lessons for that so that you can be exposed to a variety of conditions and hone your skills to be able to progress to the next level. Are you hoping to compete at the state or national level? You could benefit from not just group lessons but also a few private lessons so that we can paddle out with you and teach you some of the finer points of surfing. These are just a few of the reasons people come to our surf school. Whatever your goals are, let us know and we will do our best to offer a program to help you reach them.
Another consideration when deciding how many lessons you will need is how confident you (or your children) are in the ocean. If you have spent a lot of time in the ocean and feel quite confident with your swimming ability, you might only need one or two lessons to learn the basics and then can head out to practise on your own. If you are a parent who would rather watch from the beach and take a few photos rather than get wet helping your child catch some waves, you might want to book a series of lessons this year…and next year…and the year after…for your child so that you can relax and know that someone else is making sure they are doing the right thing in the water. One of our goals in each lesson is to help build your confidence in the water in the safest possible way.
The last thing to think about is what kind of learner you are. You might prefer to receive heaps of feedback. You might want to know that someone is watching you and going to give you pointers on all aspects of your surfing. Or you might prefer to be given some basic information, take that, practise on your own, and then come back weeks or months down the road and learn some more skills.
There are so many considerations when deciding how many surf lessons you need. We have had some people come to our surf lessons and then head straight to the surf shop to buy their own boards and wetsuits. We have also had some surfers come back for 20+ lessons over a few years because they liked knowing we were in the water with them to give them some instruction, help keep them safe, and provide them with the appropriate gear. If you are still not sure what is right for you, give us a ring and we can chat to you about it.