FAQs

 

Who are lessons for?

Our surf lessons cater for any level of surfer, from beginner through to expert.

Our learn to surf lessons are perfect for a first time beginner but if you are a novice with some experience our expert coaches will be able improve your technique.

Surfing is our passion and our lessons informative, safe and more importantly FUN!!

 

What skills will I require?

The ability to stand up on dry land is definitely advantageous. 

During the lessons you do not need to go out beyond about waist deep water, and our skilled coaches will always be there to guide you and assist where necessary,

therefore strong swimming skills are not necessary.

 

When do lessons take place?

Lesson availability is subject to demand, but public lessons are generally available every weekend throughout the year, and sometimes mid-week if required. 

Over the busy periods (school holidays, long weekends), public lessons take place almost every day, and are usually booked out in advance. 

Private lessons can be organised for any time.

We try to run our lessons across the higher tide, as this usually provides the ideal conditions for beginner surfers on Smiths Beach,

though other factors can also influence lesson times.

Contact the Smiths Beach store to get the most up to date details.

 

Where do lessons take place?

Lessons take place at Smiths Beach, well known as one of the best beginner locations in the state. 

We organise your gear at our store (100m from the beach).  

We then take you down to the waves to begin the lesson. 

A very popular beach in summer (patrolled from Boxing Day until Australia Day), the gentle drop-off in depth makes for gentler waves than surrounding beaches.

Smiths is a safe, sand bottom beach which is also afforded great protection from the winds and the larger swells,

and even if conditions are rough, our experienced coaches will put you in the best and safest position to learn to surf.

 

What will I experience in one lesson?

99% of our students will stand up on a board in their first two hour lesson, although many other valuable experiences are offered as part of the lesson procedures. 

In a general lesson, we’ll teach you surf safety and how to read rips and currents, as well as the correct technique for paddling and catching waves. 

Getting to your feet is a focus of the lesson, but you’ll also learn how to manoeuvre the board and other necessary skills for your future surfing career. 

 

Are the coaches qualified?

Surf School is affiliated with Surfing Australia which requires that all our coaches are Level 1 accredited coaches.

(for more information see http://www.sasurfschools.com.au/about.php)

All our head coaches have a level 2 accreditation, and all coaches have their Surf Rescue and Resuscitation qualifications.  

Island coaches are also all experienced local surfers, and include a former World Championship Tour (WCT) surfer,

Former Australian Team coaches as well as Australian and Victorian Champions and team members.