SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY
Safety is our number one priority – followed by having heaps of fun! We always look for any potential dangers in the first place and pay constant attention when teaching. The right equipment and knowledge of essential theory are important when surfing.
We only teach…
- …in small groups with no more than five people per surf instructor; if there are more than six people on the course, an additional surf instructor or surf assistant will be provided
- …with professional surf instructors and trained life guards
- …with the latest methods and combining a logical build up of theory lessons and practice
- …with equipment which is less likely to cause damage, i.e. soft boards, rubber fins and wetsuits from Xcel, Ocean&Earth or O’Neill
- …at surf spots which especially suit our beginners, with sandy beaches and the appropriate wind and wave conditions
Every course starts with a safety instruction, which will cover the following:
Even at home you can prepare yourself for the next surf adventure! We can show you some good exercises to improve your body shape and fitness. In addition you get some dietary advice and a short introduction to self motivation.
Equipment and set-up
We will explain the different materials and board shapes to you as well as how to check on your surf equipment before you go into the water. A reminder not to forget to drink enough water and put on enough sun cream.
Danger during surfing
Different dangers may occur in different surf spots. We will give you a spot introduction which will cover wave formation, tides and currents. Furthermore we will explain the different composition of beach and reef breaks.
In the water:
Priority and usage of the surfboard
Just as in any other sport, there are some rules you have to follow when surfing. In particular you have to respect the island’s locals, as they share their beaches with us. We will teach you the rules of priority, how to respect the locals and some basic rules when out in the water so that you can communicate with other surfers.
Of course it is essential to know how to use your own surfboard correctly when out in the water. We will explain the best ways to get into the water, how to position your board or how to react when you are about to surf into another person. You have to be concerned about your own safety and the safety of others as well.
How to fall and how to protect your head
We will show you what to do when you fall during paddling (hold on tight to the rails of the board) and how to protect yourself when losing control of the board during take-off. It is important always to stay calm and whether it is best to simply dive under the water or cover your head with your arms.
Behaviour in an emergency situation
It is important that you know how to react in the case of an emergency. Having said that, it is best to remain on your board and stay calm. We will teach you how to behave when stuck in a current or offshore drift and show you the emergency sign, which is to extend your arm straight into the sky.