5 Benefits of Taking Group Surf Lessons

On any beach suitable for surfing, you’ll usually find at least a small group of friends surfing together. The question is: why? Here are some of the benefits of taking group surf lessons.

When you see a group of surfers in the water, you might think that surfing is a solitary sport. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Going into the water in a group has many advantages.

1. Security

Not only is surfing in a group safer in many ways, but surfing alone is not recommended, even for professionals. Having a surf mate in the water ensures that you both always have someone to look out for.

The ocean can be unpredictable at times and even if there is a lifeguard on the beach, the person closest to you will probably notice if you need help. When you surf with a group, you look out for each other. Knowing that someone is watching out for you is a great feeling that also transfers to relationships outside the water.

2. Faster learning

When you catch a wave, you can’t be 100 per cent sure of your posture and whether it’s the right one: How did you position your feet? Why did you get off balance? You may not know, but the instructor who was watching you on that wave probably does. Having that instant feedback in the water is one of the quickest ways to improve your surfing. It’s also a good way to understand how constructive criticism and feedback are essential for learning new skills.

3. Equipment included

Practising this sport requires quite substantial and expensive equipment: a surfboard adapted to your level and physique, a wetsuit, a leash… If you choose to take a group surf lesson you’ll have all this included, plus, of course, the lesson itself!

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The social aspect of surfing is great. In a group surf lesson you have the opportunity to meet new people and share the experience with others. Who knows, maybe this is where you’ll find your surf buddy to accompany you on this adventure?

5. Fun

And the biggest and best reason to surf with a group is simply to have fun. If you catch a wave and nobody sees it, did you really surf it? That’s a question you’ll never have to ask when you’re in the water with a group. The support you give each other, looking out for each other and sharing small victories is what group surfing is all about. The bonds created through these experiences in the water can be taken into any other part of life.

The only downside to surfing with a group is that there are simply more people in the water. However, with such a big ocean, that will be the least of your problems, there will always be waves for everyone who wants to surf!

We just want to warn you to be extremely vigilant when catching waves and to be careful not to fall on the person next to you.

Don’t forget to follow these surfing tips for beginners.

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