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?

Spring and summer has kicked off and Manly Surf School is looking forward to another action-packed season.

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

All programs start in the week of the 5th of February and finish in the week of the 30th of March 2018. 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.


A four or eight week Learn to Surf Program for beginners. All equipment of surfboards and wetsuits are provided.

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 8 week program is $280pp and 4 week is $150pp

Book Wednesdays @ Manly

Book Thurdays @ Manly

Book Tuesdays @ Long Reef

Book Wednesdays @ Long Reef

Book Mondays @ Palm Beach

Book Tuesdays @ Palm Beach

Book Fridays @ Palm Beach


Intermediate programs will run for four or 8 weeks starting in week 2 of term 1. Please bring your fiberglass board or a soft board can be provided.

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 8 week program is $280pp or 4 weeks is $150pp.

Book Tuesdays @ Manly

Book Thursdays @ Long Reef

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.


Come and check our newly opened High Performance Surf Centre. Our newly refurbished facility is officially open.

In the gym:

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 more advanced – aerial moves.

Classes run Mondays to Thursdays from 16:15 to 17:15 at our High Performance Surf Centre in Cromer (Unit 8 Villers 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

Contact Cayla to book on 9982 3004 or email

*Bookings essential*

At the Beach:

Elite and Advanced Elite Programs will run for the full 8 weeks also starting in week 2 of the term. Each lesson is filmed during the lesson and then reviewed at the end to discuss each manouvre and how it can be improved.

Cost for this program is $250pp.

All three locations run an Elite Program:

ELITE Fridays:
Book Fridays @ Manly

Please call 9932 7000 to make a booking.

Book Tuesdays @ Long Reef

ELITE Wednesdays:
Book Wednesdays @ Long Reef

Thursdays: Please call 9932 7000 to book these.

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.

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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