Do you want to learn to surf but aren’t sure where to begin? Surfing classes are all about bringing your surfing to the next level, no matter how much or little experience you have. It’s all about overcoming your fears, learning water safety, broadening your ocean and wave knowledge, and getting back to the genuine essence of surfing: pleasure and enjoyment!
You can learn to surf at any age. The magnificence of our gorgeous waters attracts people of all ages. It’s time to hire a teacher if you’re feeling the pull of the sun and surf coursing through your veins.
Finding an Surf Instructor to Teach You to Surf
The internet is an excellent resource for locating instructors and researching their histories and credentials. Regardless of why you’re looking for a surfing teacher, there are a few things you should keep in mind: A long history of surfing (preferably professionally), current first aid certification, proven (preferably certified) surf rescue experience, and a thorough understanding of wave, weather, and wind conditions (which should be commensurate with the instructor’s experience, i.e. the more time spent in the water, the greater their understanding of the ocean and weather conditions).
There are a lot of great surf teachers all throughout the world. Many people have participated in competitive surfing of some kind or have spent enough time in the water to understand the sport’s requirements.
If you’re on vacation at the beach and just want to try surfing as a recreational sport, you shouldn’t have a hard time locating a local surfer or surf school who can give you a fast review on the basics and a quick spin on a board. You might even be able to find a pro surfer to lead you to your first wave in some of the more well-known surfing areas.
There are numerous professional/ex-professional surfers that can lead your growth as a surfer and help you get the most out of your surfing experience if you’re a little more serious about surfing or want the whole surfing experience in the hands of a real professional.
Surfing legends Nancy Emerson, Corky Carroll, and Frieda Zamba teach lessons in some of the world’s most stunning beaches. These seasoned pros can help you improve your abilities and develop your style, giving you more confidence in the water and in your ability to manage waves and the surf zone, whether you’re a novice or a professional surfer in your own right.
Depending on how serious you are about the sport, you may pick from a few hours of surfing classes to surfing clinics and camps for more rigorous training. You may learn to stand on a board and catch a little wave in a day, or you can spend several days to a week or more working on form, style, and ocean awareness with surfing superstars.
Do You Want to Go It Alone?
You may be pumped and ready to surf, but don’t get ahead of the game. It could be tempting to just grab a surfboard and go for it, especially if you live near a beach or have surf-loving pals.
For two reasons, this is a horrible idea: One, learning the proper way to do things is much easier than correcting bad habits, and two, you don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on surfing gear (and, in particular, a surfboard) until you’ve had some training and experience, because you won’t know what board best suits your style of surfing until you’ve had some training and experience.
Many surf schools will provide you with equipment to use while learning to surf. If you come across one that doesn’t, you can typically rent the equipment you need from a surf store. Take a few lessons first, and then try out a few different surfboards of varying shapes and sizes (available for hire at surf shops), before deciding which board is ideal for you. Your teacher should also be able to provide you with some recommendations about where to begin.
Another reason to not attempt it alone at first is that surfing, like any activity, may be dangerous for those who are unfamiliar with it. Even tiny breaks can have deadly rips and currents due to the ocean’s immense force, which doesn’t discriminate based on expertise. Swimming and surfing in the presence of other beachgoers is considerably safer at all times. Both beginners and veteran surfers should be aware of this warning: an unfamiliar break is always risky.
Any good surf teacher will make sure you only surf in circumstances that are appropriate for your skill level. Aside from the risk that a serious spill will put you off surfing for good, big water surfing without the necessary experience is irresponsible at best and suicidal at worst — never surf in conditions you aren’t ready for, and only experiment under the supervision of a professional surfer or an experienced buddy!
Surfing is more than a sport for most surfers; it’s an existential experience, the ultimate high, and it may be addicting. So choose a teacher, get dressed, take a board, and head to the beach!