Four Lesson Curriculum:
The Four Lesson Curriculum is the starting point for the total beginner who has never surfed, who have attempted to surf, or taken some previous instruction. This curriculum is designed to teach the basics and fundamentals as described in the curriculum outline and lesson structure. After completion, every beginner to intermediate will learn all the basics to become a complete surfer shaving off the learning curve by decades.
Mini Two Lesson Curriculum:
***For those who would defer to take the minimum of two lessons may do so with the understanding to follow up to allow a complete process for solid surfing foundations. This option is an accommodation for those who are desiring to try out surfing first or the vacationer with time restraints to at least get a board assessment, basics in so they will surf safely with a minimal foundation as they vacation else where. This would be the mini curriculum, see below for tuition cost.
- Safety tips for surfing in open ocean conditions
- Etiquette for safe surfing
- How to safely paddle through sets, punch through waves
- Knowledge of tidal changes, rip currents, surf limitations, safe surfing breaks
- Overview and tips of all surf gear requirements
- How to wax the board and use a wax comb for clean up
- Board assessment to determine individual, custom board dimensions
- Correct leash size
- Proper fin placement
- Correct wet suits, rash guards and booties for all seasons
- Racks for different car models
- First Aid Kit/medical supplies
Note: The board assessments is the critical step during this phase of the curriculum, so each student will be assessed the correct board dimensions with a full quiver provided for each individuals progression which is determined after a minimum of two lessons. It is vital to buy a board that will not just work but ride right that is custom with the correct dimensions from the outline, rocker, rails, nose and tail configuration for each individual ability which will be determined during the curriculum.
In Shop Consult:
After the board assessment, students can take advantage of the In Shop Consult. With this extra, Matt will guide each individual student to purchase custom board(s) that matches their unique surfing ability with proper dimensions from Matt's endorsed shops and reputable shapers plus all gear selection with his discounts.
To experience the full benefit of the curriculum, it is highly recommended that students take advantage of this extra and purchase a custom board and gear that can be used for training during the last two lessons of the curriculum. This allows Matt and his staff to correctly position students and train them on their new custom boards, ensuring greater success with surf skills after completion of the curriculum.
Matt's 27 years of teaching experience has proven that 99.9% of students have received the wrong advice from either a friend, relative or unqualified surf Instructor, inexperienced shop consultant, school or camp regarding proper board dimensions and gear. Having the right "custom" board, with the right dimensions, the right gear with the right skills will make all the difference when it comes to progressing on the correct equipment not a board that just works but rides correctly.
Wave Tracking & Meteorology:
- When to surf and where to surf
- Finding the right conditions to surf
- Basic meteorology and oceanography
- Wave knowledge, tides and rip currents
***In each of the four lessons are devoted to covering how surf is created, wave knowledge, how to track surf, when the best conditions exist, when and where to surf, tides that effect currents and surf and an over all understanding of ocean conditions in this part of the curriculum in each of the four lessons to provide students the knowledge required to ensure their safety about waves/swells and surf conditions. Having these critical skills will ensure that students are not a hazard to themselves or others, and will help prevent students from getting caught in unsafe surf conditions. Matt's "signature" Curriculum book will be covered during each lesson for a sound knowledge of oceanography/meteorology.
- Popping up
- Proper board positioning
- Dropping in on waves
- Going down the face of a wave
- Going left and right
- Pivot turns
- Turtle dive
Ocean training is the most important part of the Curriculum, where the student will learn and enhance critical surf skills to improve timing when to stand up on the insides and outside breakers out in the line up riding the wave down the face, turning, going right and left, positioning, timing, etiquette, and paddling.
At Newport Surf School, we do not just push our students with instructors standing on the sand bar on the insides the whole time like all the other entry level surf schools/camps do, but paddle our students to the outsides so that the novice will experience real surf instruction to bring every beginner/intermediate to the next level.
Scheduling of the Four Lessons Curriculum can be in succession of four days, every other day, or once a week; the lessons of the curriculum must be completed within a month period.
Curriculum Lesson Structure:
Unloading boards, suiting up, waxing up, lesson preparation for the first 15 minutes. 15 minutes, land instruction 1st. lesson proper board positioning, how to stand up properly/class room instruction on meteorology/wave tracking and all tips on gear/equipment lessons 2, 3, 4.
1 hour ocean training and more meteorology/wave/ocean knowledge tips: Paddle out, timing, pivot turns, basic surfing fundamentals in outline, clean up/rinse off, questions/answer time what was covered.
Time Each Lesson:
Four Lesson Curriculum Tuition:
- $450.00 if signing up alone.
- $300.00 per student if signing up two.
Mini Two Lesson Curriculum Tuition:
- $250.00 signing up alone or $100.00 per student for two.