Surf Lessons
Beginner surfers surviving their first surf lesson surf lesson

If you live in an area where the opportunity for surfing exists, then you’re lucky because it’s a fantastic outdoor activity. Perhaps you have been thinking about taking up surfing and researching how to get started with the hobby, or perhaps you have already taken a few lessons but want some more pointers before hitting the waves again. No matter your level of expertise, there are ways to improve your skills and be better prepared to tackle the surf next time. Keep reading to learn how to get ready for your next surf lesson with these useful tips so that you don’t end up like this person:

Research the basics before your lesson

Family surfing lesson
Learning to surf as a family is a great bonding experience!

Before you head out to your first lesson, you might want to do a little research on the basics of surfing. This can help you have a better understanding of the concepts and techniques being taught, and you may find that you have a better time while on the waves. This way, you can focus more on learning new skills and getting the most out of your lesson. Watching a Youtube video on how to paddle a surfboard is a highly recommended starting point.

Don’t be afraid to fall

Falling off a surfboard
Falling off a surfboard can actually be a functional way to stop or end your ride.

You might cringe at the thought of falling and getting soaked on your first surfing lesson, but don’t worry—it happens to everyone! The most important thing you can do is not be afraid to fall. The trick is to fall flat like a pancake, staying near the surface of the water. Another nice hack is when you swim back to your surfboard, swim only or mostly with your hands and arms, and don’t kick with your feet, this way you will avoid accidentally kicking the floor of the ocean. Remember falling is part of the learning process; it shows you what you’re doing wrong and how to correct it. Not only is it necessary for you to fall, but it’s also a great way to stop at the end of your ride. So don’t feel back about falling off the surfboard it’s a part of surfing.

Wear the right gear

Sun protection beach gear
When surfing or just hitting the beach, it’s important to cover your skin from the sun.

You’ll want to make sure you have the right gear for your surf lesson before you even step foot into the water. Make sure you apply sunscreen to your face, and any other area on your body not covered. You’ll also want to wear a rash guard or long-sleeve shirt to protect your upper body from the sun’s harmful rays and a good, tight-fitting pair of leggings or board shorts if you’re a guy. Be sure you are wearing the appropriate size. The last thing you want is a suit that is too tight or restricting your movement in any way or to lose and drag in the water. If you surf in cold water a good wet suit will protect you from the cold water, which can quickly turn into hypothermia if you’re not covered up.

Remember to breathe and relax

young surf student with instructor
Staying relaxed in the water is easy with a good surf instructor

Breathing is one of the most important aspects of surfing. It helps you to relax and stay calm when you’re out on the waves and keeps you from burning oxygen when you are held underwater. When you have mastered the art of breathing while you are in the surf zone, you’ll be able to stay in the swell longer and get more out of each wave. When you’re in the lineup try to take long deep breaths as you watch for your next wave. While you’re waiting for the perfect set wave, try to relax and focus on your breathing. Count each breath for 3 seconds one inhale and one exhale. This will help you stay calm and focused. This works especially well if you are having trouble catching one. When you are trying to catch a wave, it’s important to stay relaxed and focused at the same time. Avoid tensing your body as you paddle towards your next ride.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Surf lesson on the beach
Always ask questions when you take a surf lesson

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember that your instructor is there to help you and wants you to succeed. She will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Also, share with your instructor if you have any concerns. If you’re looking to improve your mental and physical health surfing is certainly a great option. With these tips, you’ll be ready for your next surfing lesson, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a pro.