Neptunes Surf Coaching is asked many questions about learning to surf.  Here is a list of frequently asked questions.  If there is something else you’d like to know, send us an email at

Q: Is learning to surf hard?
A: Surfing is easy for some and not so easy for others.  If you have never surfed before, chances are you have never used some of the specific muscles groups that surfing requires.  Neptunes will teach you the techniques needed before entering the water.  Most students stand up and ride waves in their first lesson.  Needless to say you will have fun trying.
Q: Is learning to surf safe?
A: Neptunes has a 100% safety record and takes pride in teaching surfing the safest possible way with fully qualified surf instructors and trained surf life savers.  We use the best equipment available, soft foam G-boards, and provide a wetsuit or rash vest and sunscreen to protect you from the elements.  We always have a first aid kit and mobile phone on the beach for every lesson.
Q: How many lessons do I need?
A: For those who are not quite sure if surfing is for them, we recommend starting off with 1 lesson first.  Once you are hooked we recommend 3-5 lessons to work on technique and give you the confidence to get out there by yourself.
Q: What age do you need to be?
A: As a general rule we suggest anyone over 7 years old, as younger children don't have the attention span to last 2 hours.  The eldest person we have had is 69 years old and yes they stood up.  You are never too old!
Q: What if I am not a strong swimmer?
A: As a beginner you do not have to be a strong swimmer.  Beginner lessons are conducted in waist deep water where people can stand on the sandbank easily catching white-water waves.  Please let us know if you are not that confident and we will keep a special eye on you.  You can always stay in closer if you wish.  As skills develop where appropriate, students will be taken into deeper water.
Q: Is surfing dangerous?
A: Our main focus (apart from having fun) is on safety.  Surfing can be a dangerous activity, however, we will teach you the skills you need to surf safely, read surf conditions and identify any hazards and ways to avoid them.  Neptunes uses beginner boards which are soft and have rubber fins reducing risk of injury.
Q: What about sharks?
A:  Personally, I have not seen one yet whilst surfing.  Statistically you are in far more danger driving to the beach than you ever will be surfing.  Less than a handful of people die from shark attacks worldwide every year, and this is mostly in the US and South Africa.  In fact more people die each year from falling coconuts. Doh!
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Bathers (already changed), thongs and a towel, drinking water, any medication and your good vibes.  Neptunes provides wetsuits, rash vests, surfboards, leg ropes and sunscreen.  Please feel free to bring you own wetsuit or your camera if you want a pic.