You want to learn to surf but don’t know where to start? Surfing lessons are about taking your surfing to the next level, no matter how much experience you have – or how much experience you have. It’s about overcoming fear, learning water safety, expanding your knowledge of oceans and waves and returning to the true essence of surfing – fun, and relaxation!
You are never too old to learn to surf. People of all ages are attracted to the majesty of our beautiful oceans. When you feel the call of the sun and surf through your veins, it’s time to find a teacher!
Learn to Surf — Find an Instructor
The Internet is a great place to find instructors and explore their backgrounds and qualifications. Regardless of your reason for looking for a surf instructor, there are a few things you should consider mandatory: A long history of surfing (preferably professional to a certain degree), a current first aid certification, a proven (preferably certified) surf rescue experience and a thorough knowledge of wave, weather and wind conditions (which should correspond to the instructor’s experience, i.e. the more time he has spent in the water, the better his understanding of sea and weather conditions).
There are many excellent surf instructors all over the world. Many have been involved in competition surfing to some extent or have at least spent enough time in the water to know the demands of the sport well.
If you are on holiday by the sea and simply want to experience surfing as a holiday activity, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a local surfer or a local surf school that will give you a quick overview of the basics and allows you a quick one or two rides on a board. In some of the more popular surf spots, you will probably even find a professional surfer leading you to your first wave.
If you are more serious about your surfing, or if you want to have the complete surfing experience in the hands of a real pro, there are many professional/exclusive surfers who can accompany your development as a surfer and help you get the most out of your surfing experience.
Whether you are a beginner and very wet behind the ears or a professional surfer, these experienced professionals can help you improve your skills and develop your style, giving you more confidence in the water and in your ability to navigate waves and the surf zone.
Depending on how serious you are about the sport, you can choose between surf lessons of a few hours at a time, surf schools and camps for more intensive training. You can learn to stand on a board and catch a small wave in one day, or work with surfing legends over several days to a week or more on form, style and sea awareness.
Alone on the road?
You may be cheered on and ready to surf, but don’t jump too far. It might be tempting – especially on a beach or if you have friends surfing – to just take a surfboard and take it.
This is a bad idea for two reasons: first, it’s much easier to learn the right way to do things than to correct bad habits, and second, you don’t want to spend your hard earned money on surf equipment (and especially a surfboard) until you’ve had some training and experience, because you won’t know which board best suits your surfing style.
Many surf schools provide you with the equipment you need to learn. If you come across one that doesn’t, it is usually possible to rent the necessary equipment from a surf shop. First, take a few lessons, maybe try a few different surfboards of different shapes and sizes (to rent in the surf shops), and then think a little more about which board is best for you. Your instructor will also be happy to give you some advice on where to start.
Another good reason not to go alone at first is that surfing, like any other sport, can be dangerous for the untrained. Experience has shown that the enormous power of the ocean is indistinguishable and even small breaks can lead to dangerous cracks and currents. It is always much safer to swim and surf only accompanied by other beachgoers. This warning is for both new and experienced surfers – an unknown break is always potentially dangerous.