Surfing Lessons

Manly Surf School runs classes every day. Our surf lessons cater to all levels of ability, fitness and age

After School Lessons

Who is this lesson for?

Autumn means warm water and less crowded beaches for our afterschool sessions.  We are going to make the most of it this season.

We will be running 4 week afterschool programs for both the Learn to Surf and Intermediate Programs.  As the four weeks comes to an end, if your little groms are keen to crack on in the water for the rest of the term. Let our instructors know, and we will happily look at extending the program to the full 8 weeks.

Alternatively, if they would like to check out the skate & gym sessions at the our NEW High Performance Surf Centre for the remainder of the term, let us know! *Additional Costs apply.

Don’t forget to wear comfortable gym clothes and shoes for the gym circuits and half pipe skate sessions.  Beginners are welcome.

Both the gym and beach sessions for the Elite programs will run for the full 8 weeks this term.

All programs start in the week of the 1st of May 2017.

For more information on which program to book your child or teen into, please refer to the chart below:


Learn to Surf Programs

Who are these lessons for?
– Those that have never surfed before.
– Those kids that have had a few surfing lessons, attended some term and school holiday programs but are still learning.
– Those kids/ teens that are catching broken waves on their softboard but have yet to progress to a fibreglass board.

Manly Surf School Instructors will split the groups according to ability to ensure we have our brand new surfers in one group, and the slightly more experienced group with another.  Instructors are in the water during these lessons and assist with pushing participants onto the waves.

Moving from a softboard to a fibreglass board is a big step, and can be quite challenging. So it’s always good to get some advice prior to taking that step. Your Manly Surf School Instructor will be able to let you know if your child/ teen needs to advance to the next level, if they should be trying out a fibreglass board and even assist with advice on which boards to purchase to progress further.

All equipment of softboards, rash vests and wetsuits.

(NEW!) Intermediate Programs

Who are these lessons for?
– Those kids/ teens that are catching green waves (unbroken waves) out the back on a softboard.
– Those kids that have progressed onto a fibreglass shortboard but still need assistance catching waves.

Our Instructors will be in the water during these lessons to assist by pushing kids onto the waves and helping out with wave selection. It is a big step moving from softboard to a fibreglass shortboard and our instructors will be there to give their guidance and advice.

Please bring your fibreglass boards along to this lesson.

Advanced Programs/ HPSC Programs

Who are these lessons for?

– Those kids/ teens that that have been surfing on a fibreglass board for some time. 
– Those kids/ teens that are independent in the water and require no assistance to catch a wave on a fibreglass board.
– Those kids/ teens that are starting to do manouvres like turns ,etc. 

Our instructors are not in the water during these programs.  Their role during these programs is to watch, film and critique each move.  They do this, by filming and photographing each participant from the beach and then going through the footage at the end of the lesson to provide feedback. 

Elite advanced Programs/ HPSC Programs

For those competing on a competitive level. 

Lesson Times

Term 2 After school - Learn to Surf

The starting dates for all of our Learn to Surf Programs is the week of the 1st of May with the final lesson taking place in the week of the 25th of May 2017 (4 weeks). We will happily extend the program to 8 weeks if we have a group of super keen groms.

Our Learn to Surf Programs run at the following locations on the following days. To book online click on the links below:

Times: 16:00 – 17:30
Cost of the 4 week program is $150pp.

Book Tuesdays @ Long Reef

Book Wednesdays @ Long Reef

Book Wednesdays @ Manly

Book Thurdays @ Manly

Book Tuesdays @ Palm Beach

Book Wednesdays @ Palm Beach

Term 2 After school - Intermediate Programs

Intermediate programs will run for four weeks starting in the week of the 1st of May and finishing in the week of the 25th of May 2017. This program may be extended to the full 8 weeks, please let you instructor know if you are interested in extending.

Our Intermediate Programs will run at the following times. To book online, click on the links below:

Times: 16:00 – 17:30
Cost of the 4 week program is $150pp.

Book Thursdays @ Long Reef

Book Tuesdays @ Manly

If you are unsure if you are an intermediate surfer or for more information, please refer to the “What Level am I” chart or call 9932 7000 to chat directly to one of our instructors.

Term 2 After school - Elite Programs

Keep tearing it up all through autumn and winter with one of our 8 week Elite Programs. Come and check our our newly opened High Performance Surf Centre. In May we move into the newly refurbished facility just across the road.

In the gym:

Starting in the week of the 1st of May and finishing in the week of the 19th of June 2017

Afterschool Gym and Skate sessions start in the second week of school. The first half of the lesson is a circuit with body-weight exercises designed to increase core strength and balance needed for surfing. The final half hour is spent on the skate ramp practicing drop-ins, turns and for the more advanced – aerial moves.

Beginners are welcome to this class which runs Mondays to Thursdays from 16:15 to 17:15 at our High Performance Surf Centre in Cromer (Unit 5/ 17 Villiers Place, Cromer 2099).

The cost for an 8 week term is $160pp for one session per week or $20 per week for a casual session.

To book, please follow the links below:
Book Mondays @ HPSC Gym

Book Tuesdays @ HPSC Gym

Book Wednesdays @ HPSC Gym

Book Thursdays @ HPSC Gym

At the Beach:

Elite and Advanced Elite Programs will run for the full 8 weeks.

Cost for this program is $250pp. Final lessons take place in the week of the 19th of June 2017.

All three locations run an Elite Program:

Please call 9932 7000 to book.

Please call 9932 7000 to book.

ELITE Wednesdays:
Book Wednesdays @ Long Reef

ELITE Fridays:
Book Fridays @ Manly

Thursdays: Please call 9932 7000 to book.

We offer a package of one surf lesson and one gym session per week at a cost of $400pp.

To book, please call 9932 7000.

Terms and Conditions:

Lessons will still run in the rain. If conditions are not suitable on the day, you will receive a text advising of a location change to another beach or a cancellation altogether.

In the case of a cancellation, a make-up class will be scheduled for the final week of the term.

Make- up classes can be taken on other days within the same term only. Make-up classes are non-transferrable for other Manly Surf School programs.

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