Surf schools


The beautiful NSW coast is a great place to learn to surf. You can take surfing lessons on the unspoilt South Coast, splendid Central Coast, and the gorgeous North Coast. Surf schools cater for all ages, and you can enrol in short lessons, weekend classes and multiday surf camps, or join a surfing safari.

  • Coffs Coast surfers, North Coast
  • Surfing, Hat Head

About surf schools in Regional NSW

Riding your first wave is a thrilling experience. Surf schools along the beautiful NSW coast offer fun programs for kids, teenagers and adults. With short lessons, surf camps and surfing safaris on the South Coast, the Central Coast and the North Coast, you’ll be standing on a surfboard in no time.

South Coast surf schools are dotted along the popular coast, from Wollongong’s stunning beaches just south of Sydney to the sparkling Sapphire Coast. A range of lessons and tours is available, including multiday adventures with Australian Surf ToursSurf Camp Australia and Bush Surfaris.

Port Stephens Surf School

The lovely Central Coast is a holiday escape just north of Sydney. You can join the Central Coast Surf Academy or the Central Coast Surf School at splendid beaches with consistent waves perfect for learning how to surf such as Umina Beach. Other surfing spots include Avoca Beach and Terrigal.

You’ll find North Coast surf schools at gorgeous spots, offering everything you need to begin carving up the waves. As with South and Central Coast schools, there are school holiday programs too. And surfing safaris depart from Sydney, such as Surfaris to Crescent Head and Mojosurf to Byron Bay.

Valuable life-long tips you’ll learn in surf school include:

  • How to engage the ocean safely
  • Surfing etiquette and the rules
  • How to turtle roll or duck dive
  • How to change a board’s direction

Byron Bay - Lets Go Surfing Surf School

The accredited surf schools provide you with all the necessary equipment, such as soft learner surfboards. And the temperate NSW climate allows you to learn year-round. There are lessons for intermediate and advanced surfers too, with professional coaches guiding you to the next level.

NSW is blessed with some of the world’s best surf beaches. Some surf schools hold lessons in National Surfing Reserves, a register of iconic surf breaks. In Regional NSW, the reserves are Killalea on the South Coast and Merewether, Crescent Head, Angourie and Lennox Head on the North Coast.

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flag; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.

Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beaches by visiting

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