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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where do we meet?

We are located at the northern end of Bondi Beach. Walk along the beach to the furthest point north along the promenade and then slightly up the hill past the North Bondi RSL club. We are right next door to Speedo’s Cafe.

 

Lets Go Surfing Check in Centre : 128 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi See a map

 

What do I need to bring?

Not much. Just your swimwear and a towel. We provide all equipment and sunscreen.

 

Can I store valuables during my lesson?

We encourage you to leave anything valuable or important in your hotel room or at home. We will provide you with somewhere to store your clothes.

 

 

Do lessons include the rental of equipment as well?

Yes! Our lesson prices include everything that you need including a surfboard, wetsuit, rash-vest and sunscreen. BYO swimwear.

 

 

 

What if it’s raining?

As we say, you’re going to get wet anyway – and some of the best waves come with the rain! Our lessons are held rain, hail or shine. The only reason we will cancel is if the conditions are dangerous.

 

Can I change my lesson date or time?

We try to stay flexible and can usually accommodate changes to booked lessons – as long we have more than 24 hours notice.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

We surf in all weather and surf conditions providing it is safe. If the surf is too big, or the conditions unsafe, then we will reschedule the lesson. If we change the time and you are unable to come to the new lesson, then we will provide a refund. Otherwise there are no refunds, transfers to other people, or cancellations.

 

 

If you would like to reschedule a lesson you have booked, we need at least 24 hours notice. Failure to give the necessary notice will mean forfeiture of that lesson.

 

Are there kids in my lesson?

We have a dedicated kids’ program for children from 7 to 16 years. Our minimum age for adult lessons is 12 years but most kids prefer the kids’ classes. If you book a private family lesson you can naturally bring your kids (over 7 years).

 

Do you have a wetsuit that will fit me?

Yes! We have a huge range of quality O’Neill wetsuits in all shapes and sizes.

 

Can I use my own board in the lesson?

If you’ve booked into a private or intermediate lesson you can bring your own board. If you’re a beginner we ask that you use our excellent soft-boards. They are the perfect tool for starting out!

 

Can I wear contact lenses in the surf?

Yes but not glasses.

 

Do I need to be able to swim?

A lot of our lessons are held in waist-deep water but we do ask that you’re able to swim 50 metres (the length of an Olympic swimming pool) for all group lessons. Contact us if you are unsure of your swimming ability.

 

Am I too old to surf?

The oldest person we have taught is 93! If you’re 94 we’d love to meet you!

 

Will I be able to stand up on my first lesson?

Everyone learns at a different pace but most people do stand up on their first lesson. We recommend you take a course of at least three lessons to really experience the feeling of surfing. Check out our beginners surfing package.

 

How long does it take to learn to surf?

That really depends on how well you want to surf! We recommend at least three lessons to get the feeling of surfing. Check out our beginners surfing package . Once you’ve done a beginner’s course you can move onto our intermediate lessons

 

Is Bondi Beach a safe beach to learn at?

Bondi Beach has excellent waves for learning. Our instructors know where the best waves on the beach will be to get you surfing safely. We also work closely with the council’s lifeguards and lifesavers.

 

 

How many people are in a group?

Our instructor/student ratio is small. We have a maximum of five people in a group with an instructor. This small ratio allows you to learn quickly as you get plenty of attention from your instructor.

 

Do I need to bring people to do group lesson?

No, you will be in a group with other people just like you – ready to start their surfing journey.

 

What time are the lessons?

We schedule our lessons to take into account the daily tides and conditions – so our lesson times change from day to day. When you make a booking you will be shown the time options for your preferred date. Make a booking here.

 

What are the earliest and latest times that you run lessons?

In summer we run before-work classes (6.30 am – 8.30am) and after-work classes (6pm – 8pm). Our hours are a little shorter during winter due to less daylight but lessons are held all year round.

 

If I book a package of lessons do I have to take them on consecutive days?

No. Packages are valid for six months so you can book into any lesson time that is convenient for you.

 

 

I can already surf. Do you have any lessons for me?

Beginner lessons can be a great refresher if you have surfed a few times without any formal instruction. Our intermediate lessons are perfect if you can stand up consistently and are ready to progress to turning, using the rip, catching unbroken waves etc. If you are unsure of which lesson is best for you contact us and we’ll help you work it out.

 

I have heard Bondi Beach gets very crowded. True?

As Bondi Beach’s only licensed surf school, we work very closely with the local council and lifeguards to make sure you’re learning to surf in the safest spot. Our instructors are experts at finding the best part of the beach for you to learn – even if there are summer crowds.

 

When is best time to surf? Morning or afternoon?

The best time to surf depends on the tides. We schedule our beginner lessons around the low tide which is usually the best time to surf.

 

What sort of surfboard should I buy?

We have a great range of surfboards for beginner to intermediate surfers. Our instructors can give you the expert advice you need to buy a surfboard that’s perfect for you. Come and visit us at the shop. See a map

 

What sort of wetsuit should I buy?

Our instructors spend a lot of time in wetsuits so they are great for helping you choose the right one for your body type and needs. Come by and we will fit you out properly. See products for sale.