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How To Surf

Learning how to surf on the Gold Coast.

Learning how to surf can be tricky, but with the right instruction, correct equipment, suitable conditions and the right attitude it can be fun, safe and easy! Surfing is such an individual sport so everyone learns at their own pace.

Get Wet Surf School are the experts in getting the best results for you and putting together the best pathway in learning how to surf.

If you have never tried surfing before the best way to start is to jump in and join one of our “introduction to surfing” beginner surf lessons to try it and see if surfing is really for you. Maybe it’s something you have always wanted to try, a bucket list thing, or you are just looking for a fun thing to do when you are visiting the Gold Coast. Conducted in the whitewash and only waist deep water, this session will give you a good crack at riding a wave with lots of assistance from the instructors. The lessons are safe enough for anyone to join in. We will do everything we can to make it a fun experience so even if you find it’s not the sport for you, we will guarantee that you have an awesome time with great memories. For safety reasons we run children’s classes separately, Adults surfing lessons Minimum age 13 years Children’s surfing lessons ages 6-12 years. If you would like to learn together as a family call us for options.



Once you have tried the beginner introduction surf lesson and you are hooked, but may not be ready to commit to a program, you may want more practice, so we offer multi session discounts if you purchase a package of 3 or 5.

After your first lesson your instructor should be able to advise if you are ready to join a beginner surf program or just need a few more sessions to get the basics sorted.

When you have mastered everything you need to in your beginner surf lesson, it’s time to join one of our “6 hour programs”. This is where the fun factor goes through the roof, as you start to learn skills such as wave selection, paddling techniques, turning and maneuvering your board along the waves.

What you will learn


What You’ll Learn

What you will learn in a Beginner Introduction Surf Lesson

  • Be able to identify the parts of the surfboard and equipment.
  • Basic surf awareness.
  • Recognise hazards in the surf such as rips.
  • Learn the beginner steps to standing on a board.
  • Ride a broken wave in the white wash assisted by the instructor.
  • How to fall off safely in the shallows.


Our Programs

The skills you learn in a Beginner Introduction are pre-requisites for our programs. So, what do you learn in a program?

  • Review of your skills & knowledge from previous experience
  • Understanding of waves, conditions, swell, wind and tides
  • Different breaks and reading forecasts
  • Correct warm-ups and stretches
  • Paddling technique and board riding skills
  • Practice 2-step method, introducing pop-up technique and maneuvering the board
  • Pushing through waves
  • Sitting on the board
  • Turning & catching waves
How To Surf Programs

Private Lessons

After reaching this level you will want to transition onto a fibreglass surfboard. We have a selection of different “glass” boards that can be used in a private surf lesson. You and your instructor can start to work out what will be the best surfboard for you and they can help point you in the right direction to find your first fibreglass surfboard.

If joining a group doesn’t suit your schedule you can fast track your surf skills by doing private surfing lessons with us. With a private surf lesson you have the instructor by your side coaching you for as many surfing lessons as it takes to get you on track and confident.

Learning to surf is just like any sport, the more you practice the better you get and the better you get, the more you will love it. Surfing is a wonderful sport that encourages a healthy outdoor lifestyle for all ages and is perfect for families and groups of friends. At Get Wet Surf School we want to see as many people as possible fall in love with this fantastic sport and we will work with you to find your perfect pathway to success.

Honestly...The Best Experience You'll Have!

Jim Hughes - Surf Development Manager, Surfing Australia 2011-2017

What do our Customers Think?

 634 Reviews | #1 of 57 on the Gold Coast, Australia

I had such a good time. This was my first time trying to surf and the instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable. It was a lot of fun and i look forward to coming back!


Toronto, CN

Had an absolute blast with Get Wet! Had never been on a board before, and they built me up with so much confidence, I didn't want to get off! Great atmosphere, friendly staff!


Brisbane, AU

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Can I Learn To Surf?

Download our FREE 'How To Surf' guide to find out how easy it is with Get Wet Surf on the Gold Coast!

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Surf Guarantee

We will guarantee to get you standing on your first lesson…or you get another lesson FREE!

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Premium Equipment

We use only the best quality Gold Coast Council approved surf school equipment.

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We provide a shuttle that links to public transport and from the centre of Surfers Paradise
When you book directly with Get Wet* conditions apply.
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5:1 Coaching Ratio

We offer the lowest student-to-coach ratio on the Gold Coast. This allows for a fun and safe surf lesson.

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Photo Packages

After your lesson you can view photos on the big screen & either purchase all, or select from our online gallery.

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Uncrowded Location

No high-rises in sight, learn to surf where the locals do - on uncrowded Gold Coast beaches!

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Award Wining Surf School

Get Wet Surf School is the proud winner of the 2015 QTIC Prize for Innovation in Tourism. 

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Qualified Coaches

Get Wet Surf School’s instructors are all fully qualified surf lifesavers and certified to Surfing Australia standards.

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