More than just having a longboard surfboard at your disposal is required for a successful surf lesson.

So, while it may have taken some time, your decision to begin surfing has finally become a reality.


The majority of us never make it past the decision-making stages of our lives. We think, consider, and essentially persuade ourselves out of doing anything. Most conditions and expenditures are always weighed against the joy, adrenaline, and challenge of new sports or hobbies.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now.

The following factors must be addressed in order to have an effective surf lesson.

Checklist for Surf Lessons

  1. Does the surf school have a teaching licence? It is not enough to have a large number of teachers who can surf; they must also be trained to teach others. If they are accredited, there is a significant possibility you will receive high-quality instruction and will learn much more easily and quickly.
  2. Inquire about their student-to-instructor ratio. How many pupils will each teacher have to look after and educate in the water? The lower the student-to-instructor ratio, the better. This means you’ll get more face-to-face time with your instructor to correct errors and accelerate your learning.
  3. Surfboards – In this case, size does important. Longboard Surfboards are expected to be available at this location. Don’t be fooled into believing that everyone can learn on any size board. Allowing your ego to grab the smaller fibreglass board will result in you paddling in circles while being dumped by the waves. Longboard surfing is the initial step of your surfing journey.
  4. Will wetsuits and rash-shirts be provided by the school? It’s a question worth asking. There’s nothing worse than freezing your butt off when wading or paddling in the water. The shivering and trembling will not encourage you to stay in the water and give it your all when standing up on the board. If not, look for a different surf school.

Consider that the location where you’ll be taking your surf lessons provides more than just longboard surfboards, and you’ll be in excellent shape to get the most out of your lessons. There’s a lot more to surfing than just the board.

Yes, the board is important for efficient and successful learning, but so are the teachers and their teaching quality. You can’t go wrong if you look for surf schools that provide all of the above.

But, above all, it’s about having a good time. Each lesson should be enjoyed with a grin and a good sense of humour.