HOW DO LESSONS WORK?
Surf lessons are an hour and 45 minutes long, and include all the equipment – foam longboard and full length wetsuit. We spend the first 20 minutes on the beach going over how to pop up, water safety, surf etiquette and how to handle the board in the water, and we spend the remainder of the time in the water guiding our students through how to apply what they learned on shore. The technique we teach is very effective – pretty much everybody can catch their own waves and stand on their own by the end of the lesson.
ARE THERE ANY LOCKERS AVAILABLE AT THE LESSON?
There are no public lockers available at any of the beaches in Santa Monica or LA County, our location included. However, our clients typically leave their belongings with ours at our set-up on the beach, in plain view directly in front of where we teach our lessons, and we haven’t had any incidents in all our years of operation (since 2002).
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Though lessons will begin at the time scheduled, and sometimes instructors will not be at the location until the scheduled time, it’s not a bad idea to show up 5-10 minutes beforehand to be sure you’re ready by the scheduled start time.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE LESSON?
For Surf Lessons, you should bring a swimsuit you can wear underneath a wetsuit, a towel, some drinking water to rehydrate, and have some sunblock on your face and neck prior to the lesson (if you’re going to be wearing a wetsuit you on’t need any on your arms, torso or legs as you’ll be covered with the wetsuit!).
For surf camp, you’ll need to pack a swimsuit, a towel, LOTS of strong (at least SPF 15), waterproof sunblock, and lunch (there’s really nowhere to get food at the location). It’s also not a bad idea to have a hat for sun protection. We provide snacks and drinking water.
Please bring the cell phone you provided us the number for at the time of your registration as well. If for whatever reason we are unable to locate each other, it is always good to have the ability to call.
I WANT TO BOOK A PRIVATE LESSON FOR A MIXED GROUP OF SMALLER KIDS AND BIGGER KIDS/ADULTS. SHOULD WE HAVE ONE OR TWO INSTRUCTORS?
The only time this is a concern is if one of the students is much smaller than the others, and will have to stay closer to shore than the rest. This is generally the case when you have a child under 9 years old mixed in with students over 12 years old. Smaller children have a harder time getting out past oncoming waves than larger students do. In this situation, the instructor will have to stay closer to shore for the smaller child, while the older ones will be able to go out into the ocean much further. The instructors attention will be much more split between the students, and it will be hard to devote adequate attention to all of them. It may make more sense to have two or more instructors in this type of situation.