Surfing Lessons

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

Schools Safe Surfing Program

About the Program

Manly Surf School provides Surf Coaching Programs that are fun, safe and educational. With over twenty-five years' experience in coaching school groups from all over Australia, we teach the thrill of surfing, as well as educating students on how to identify the dangers of the ocean. Each lesson will teach students how to spot rips, currents and sandbanks, where the safest spots are to swim and how to stay safe in the water. The program will also cover the advantages and disadvantages of rips and how to make good, safe choices when it comes to wave selection and catching waves. Other activities include the body boarding, body surfing and of course our “Safe Surfing Program”.

Who is this lesson for?

Students of Public, Primary, Catholic, High and Private School Groups. Your school must be registered in order to receive these discounted rates.

Manly Surf School and Sydney Surf School offers a range of surf safety, surf education, surfboard riding, body surfing, stand-up paddle and body board programs all year round for students. All programs are tailored for the school and age of the participants.

Our program is run in conjunction with Surfing Australia’s Safe Surfing Program and the NSW Education Department Risk Assessment guidelines. Our program and Surf School are the only surf school endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

We currently have 70 schools (primary and secondary) participating in our programs. We teach at Long Reef Beach, Collaroy Beach, Palm Beach and Manly Beach.

These beaches were chosen by Manly Surf School/Sydney Surf School as they are the safest locations for surfing on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Classes can range from a 2 – 3 hour lessons or a one day course. We also have 1 hour courses for schools looking to book their students in weekly. Term bookings are usually one hour classes for an 8 – 10 week course.

What's Included?

We teach the dangers of the ocean, rips, currents, tides and surf related skills.

The five tiered program teaches from total beginner to the intermediate surfer, all the way to advanced.

Beginner and Intermediate Groups are generally split into three programs and rotated between the following three activities:
• The Ocean Safety Talk
• Body Boarding
• Surfing Component

All equipment of boards, rash vests and wetsuits (if needed) are provided.

All staff are trained in Surf Coaching by Surfing Australia and hold current a First Aid and Resuscitation Qualifications.

Terms and Conditions of Booking

Wet Weather
Conditions in the rain can often be great for beginners, we therefore do not cancel lessons if it is raining. We will cancel if conditions are unsafe.

Conditions on the Day
Conditions can vary daily so Manly Surf School works closely with Lifeguards on the beach to discuss conditions for each day. If conditions are unsafe or the beaches are closed, Manly Surf School will contact the booking teacher via mobile to advise of a location change or cancellation.

This may happen in the morning of your lesson, so please keep your mobile phones handy to ensure you receive the message. Please note, lifeguards start and open the beaches at 9am. Manly Surf School will therefore contact you shortly after that time with an update on conditions.

If you have not heard from us, please proceed to your booking location.

Cancellation Policy
Please note that for admin purposes, we kindly request that any amendments or cancellations be made via email request with at least 24 – 48 hours notice prior to the booking date. Any amendments or cancellations made on the day of or after the booking date may incur a charge.

Classes and Duration

Lessons can range from 1 -3 hours in duration and are split across a number of activities. We also have 1 hour courses for schools looking to book their students in weekly for sport. Term bookings are usually one hour classes for an 8 – 10 week course.

Hours Minimum group
1 10
1 . 5 10
2 10
3 20

School pricing applies Monday - Fridays during school hours only, a before and after hours quote for weekend can be supplied if requested.

Please email schools@manlysurfschool to inquire about our schools pricing.

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Lesson Times

Classes for term bookings are available:
• Before School (prices may vary)
• Afterschool (prices may vary)
• During school hours

What to Bring

  • Bring a swimsuit & towel
  • Wear clothes suited to the weather on the day, and wear lots of sunscreen
  • Don’t forget a camera to document the fun you’ll have

How to Book or Enquire about a Booking

  • Fill out the form below or send an email request to with the dates, times, numbers and location of your booking. We may also require a mobile number of the booking teacher to complete the booking.
  • Once booked, you will receive a booking confirmation from containing the dates, times, location and numbers of your booking. This email will also contain the following documentation
    • Indemnity Form
    • Manly Surf School Risk Assessment
    • Manly Surf Schools Insurance Information
  • You may receive a second confirmation from our booking system containing the dates and times.
    If you have not received either of the confirmation emails – please contact us as soon as possible.

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    Group lessons Packages

    Pricing Packages are available:

    • 1 lesson is $80 (adults) and $70(kids);
    • 4 pack is $210 in total;
    • 10 packs are $400
    Private Packages
    • 1 x lesson is $125 for adults and kids
    • 3 pack of 1 hour private lessons is $300
    • 5 pack of 1 hour private lessons is $475


    Terms and Conditions:
    Payment for pricing packs need to be made upfront.
    Packages last for 12 months from the date of purchase.
    Packages deals are for one person only.

    Call 9932 7000 to book. (Office open 9-3).
    The team at Manly Surf School.