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Surf's up! This popular beginners’ course provides an introduction to surfing through theory and developing practical skills while experiencing some of Dunedin's great beaches.


Theory includes:

  • Difference in boards and wetsuits
  • Terminology
  • Weather & surf conditions and safety standards

Practical includes:

  • Tying boards onto racks
  • Reading the surf conditions
  • Gearing up
  • Parts of the board
  • Trimming and body position
  • Group and personal safety
  • Wiping out
  • Paddling technique
  • Catching waves
  • Standing up

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Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 January (9.00am – 1.30pm)

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 February (9.00am - 1.30pm)

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 February (9.00am - 1.30pm)




Local beaches


Student $85, Staff $95, Public $100

Group Size



Katrina, Lorne & Instructors from Recreation Services


Provided -  meet at the Unipol Recreation Centre just prior to the stated time above..


Surfboards, wetsuits and booties are provided. Please have a fitting for your wetsuit and booties at Unipol when you enrol. Your gear will be loaded into the van so you are ready to head off promptly at the stated time. You will need to return your wetsuit and booties after the course.

You must be confident in water to participate in this course.

What To Bring

Bring extra warm clothing, a polypropylene/thermal top (essential), a woollen jersey, and something to eat and drink (hot and cold drinks). You will get cold at various times during this course.


If there is any doubt about the weather conditions you will be contacted by the instructor. Assume that unless you hear from us it will go ahead as planned. In the event of bad weather, catch-up sessions will be arranged to suit the majority of the group.

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What others say about this activity!

“Thank you - I really enjoyed the course and will be recommending it to my friends”
“Great instructors - I had just an awesome time, now I need to practice”