Q. We have small kiddos with us, can they participate in the lesson and if so, how does that work??
A. We'd love to get the whole fam out in the water together and yes it is possible for everyone to learn how to surf, but, when it comes to the adults helping kids out there are 3 ways we can go about it.
All three options are the same when it comes to the land lesson as it is the same as any other lesson at the start. You will all learn the exact same thing together (safety and theory), but the in water scenario is where we have options on how you'd like to approach things. Because some kids are so small (under 5' and or under 90 pounds), they need constant hands-on help in the water. Just getting them through waves in order to catch a wave is hard for them as they are too small to carry the boards through the waves themselves and they'll also need to be guided into the right waves to ensure they are safer and having fun. So someone needs to be with them constantly.
Option 1 - The in water scenario that happens most often with a family with small kiddos, the instructor will show the adults how to help them get out into the water, pick the right waves and generally keep the kids safe and stoked. When the adults and kids are all on the same page about those things, that will free up the instructor to take out one of the adults into the bigger waves (adults need more power in the waves and kids will be very close to shore) to learn themselves, while the other one will stay with the kids, then they can swap back and forth from kiddo wave duty to shredding themselves.
Option 2 - Is to have another adult in the lesson who will not be participating in surfing themselves just do a suit rental ($30) and be the assistant to the kids with the instructor. This frees up the other adults to be out further on their own till the instructor has gotten the extra adult to handle the kids without a second hand. Then your instructor can join the adults out back and give them their instruction. The instructor would still come back and check on the kids with the other adult, but there would be more flexibility for the instructor to stay with the adults out further for longer durations.
Option 3 - We add a second instructor to the lesson if there is one else in your group available and you would like more instruction as well. This way we can, instead of splitting up the group into two lessons with one instructor, just add a second instructor to the family lesson so there is someone with the kiddos and someone with the adults the entire water time. This will just cost an additional $90.00 to the lesson and all the instruction needs are taken care of!
Q. Do you provide transportation?
A. NO.. but maybe, kinda.
The gist of it is, if you have your own vehicle you will be much more free to go to the beach when your lesson is and choose to stay longer or head out around the coast afterwards on your own adventures! For this reason alone we definitely recommend that you use your own vehicle or rent one before coming if you weren't sure about doing so while planning your trip on the coast.
IF, we are able to provide transportation, we only have one vehicle that can fit a maximum of 4 people.
Even if we can set up a ride for you, it is quite often a bit complicated to provide transportation as we have lessons running back to back at the beach. Meaning the instructors when doing 2 consecutive lessons, will stay at the beach after the first one, which allows everyone gets the best tide conditions to surf and learn in. That means if you're in the first lesson, you wont be able to get a ride back till the second lesson is done, or if you're in the second lesson, you will have to come to the beach early and wait for the first lesson to finish before starting your lesson and getting a ride back.
So, ya, it's possible, but on any given day, possibly more complicated as you will have to follow the schedule the instructors are on.
I know some people are travelling without a car for one of many reasons, and we definitely want to help everyone we can get out for a lesson with us, so if you are only able to do a lesson if you get a ride, feel free to contact us before booking to see what the schedule looks like the day you're looking into, so we can figure out if it will work into your and our schedule.
** SIDE NOTE - There is a bike path that goes along the whole coast from Ukee to Tofino, so looking into an E-Bike rental from our neighbour Ukee Bikes is a possible solution to your transportation issues, but you wont be able to hang onto the complimentary board rental after the lesson. We can do the transporting of the gear for the lesson no problem though!**
Q. Am I going to freeze out there??
A. Well we are in Canada, so you’d think the answer would be yes. But it’s not.
Wetsuit technology has come such a long way in the last few decades that you’ll actually be warm by the time you get out of the water.
The water temperature peaks between 13-14 degrees (57 Fahrenheit) in the summer months and only drops down to 7 degrees (44 Fahrenheit) in the coldest winter months.
I know, I know, I know…it still sounds cold. But you’ll be amazed by how well your wetsuit performs!
Q. Surf Lesson or Surf Camp?
Lessons are perfect if you want to get out and try surfing for the first time, or if you’re an intermediate surfer looking for some advanced tips to help you hone your style and skills. Read More
Surf Camps are designed for people looking advance their skill set over multiple sessions in different types of waves. And you get to keep your surf gear for the duration of the camps, so you can take what you learned in the lessons and keep practicing on your own.
Q. Am I going to be amazing at surfing?
A. Oh heck yes, surfing’s super easy eh!
Ok, so that’s not true, but it’s A LOT easier and way less scary if someone takes you out in waves that are suitable for beginner surfers.
And surfing’s considered to be one of the hardest sports in the world, so proper lessons go a long way in the lifelong pursuit of chasing waves.
As the old saying goes: “The best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun.”
Q. What beach are we going to?
A. Picking a beach is a little more complicated than it might seem; the optimal surf spot changes on a daily, even hourly, basis.
Here are a few of the variables we consider before choosing where to surf:
Tides: Tides are pretty large up here in Canada and can have a huge influence on how the waves shape up for surfing. They change approximately every 6.5 hours.
The swell: The size and power of the waves is always determined by the groundswells that travel here from far away, or even the wind swells that occur more locally. Either way, they’re always coming from different directions and affect each beach differently.
Beaches: The beaches all have different orientations, so they pick up each swell differently. We have lots of beaches out there, which means we always have lots of options to choose from.
And then there’s the wind: That pesky, two-faced wind. It can be friendly and help shape waves, or it can churn the ocean into an unpredictable mess. But as with the swell, it affects each beach differently, and there are always ways to make the wind work in our favour.