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?

We will be running 4 and 8 week afterschool programs for the Learn to Surf, Intermediate and Elite Programs.

Alternatively, check out the skate & gym sessions at the our NEW High Performance Surf Centre! 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.

For more information on which program to book your child or teen into, please refer to the chart “What Level am I” 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.

Generally, the Learn to Surf groups are split into age groups from 5 years to 8 years, 8 years to 11 years, 11 years to 14 years and 14 years to 17 years. 17 years and over surf in the adult classes. Friends and siblings aren’t split up if they don’t want to be.

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 are provided.

Please bring your costume, towel and change of clothes.

(NEW!) Intermediate Programs

We have our new Intermediate lessons also available for those kids progressing from beginner to intermediate level or from a softboard to a fibreglass board.

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, costume, towel and a change of clothes.  We can provide the softboards if needed and wetsuits.

Advanced Programs/ HPSC Programs

HPSC classes run out of Long Reef & Manly and have both a beach session and gym & skate sessions at our HPSC on offer.

Who are these lessons for?

Beach Sessions:

– 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 manoeuvres 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.

Gym Sessions:

– Those kids/ teens that want to improve their strength, fitness and skating for surfing.
– Gym sessions are focussed on core strength, balance and overall fitness for surfing.
– Practice aerial manoeuvres, turns and more on the skate ramp.

– All of our personal trainers are surfers themselves.

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Boards, helmets and guards/ pads can be provided or you can bring your own.  Please bring some water.

During the School holiday programs there are all day options of Surf, Gym and skate. Please bring lunch along to these all day programs.

Elite advanced Programs/ HPSC Programs

For those surfers competing in events.

Lesson Times

Programs start in the second week of term at all locations. If there is a cancellation of a lesson due to conditions being unsuitable, a make-up lesson will be scheduled in the final week of the term.
All beach lessons start at 16:00 and finish at 17:30. Gym sessions start at 16:15 and finish at 17:15.

To check out the locations, days and costs of each available program, please click on the links below:


Learn to surf

4 week Learn to Surf Program.

Cost is $160pp for a 4 week program.

Wetsuits, boards and rash vests provided. Instructors are in the water.

Long Reef

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Palm Beach

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4 week Intermediate Program.

Cost is $160pp for a 4 week program.

Long Reef

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: 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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