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Surf’s Up: Learn to Surf at Bondi Beach

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Start time

    Varies. The team is flexible and happy to organise your lesson for when it suits you, though be sure to book in advance. Please reconfirm the exact time of your lesson with Let’s Go Surfing before the date you’re due to take the lesson.

  • Meeting Point
    Head to the Let’s Go Surfing headquarters (128 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi, NSW 2026). It’s essential that you arrive to the office 35 minutes before the lesson’s start time. This gives the team time to organise your equipment and run you through the activity before your lesson.
  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point.

Key Highlights

  • Let’s go surfing: Learn the basics of surfing - from paddling to standing up - with a local Aussie surfer
  • A helping fin: Your surfer-teacher stays by your side throughout the lesson, helping you to catch waves and craft your skills
  • Welcome to Bondi: Where better to surf than Australia’s most famous beach?


Is there anywhere more ‘Sydney’ than Bondi beach? The white sands and turquoise blue swell has a sort of gravitational pull for locals and tourists alike. Yep, it’s iconic, it’s beautiful and it’s the perfect place for those looking to kick-start their surfing career, or just catch a few waves for the first time.

The team at Let’s Go Surfing - one of the most recognised surfing schools in the country - offers a helping hand in making your surfing dreams a reality. Their two-hour private surfing lesson is the perfect way to learn the ropes of this exhilarating sport, and the basics are easier to master than you might think. For those who really wanna get into the local culture and experience a pastime dear to many Australians’ hearts, this should be one of the first experiences you sign yourself up for in Sydney.

About your guide

Brenda Miley started Let’s Go Surfing out of the back of her Kombi van in Bondi in 1995 as a way to encourage more women into the water. Today the company has three different bases - Bondi, Maroubra and Byron Bay - and have taught thousands of women and men the wonders of the sport.

Here’s the plan…

Head over to Let’s Go Surfing HQ in North Bondi (just across the road from the beach) 35 minutes before your scheduled lesson. Here, you’ll meet your private guide, pop on a wetsuit (it’s provided for you) and grab a board.

Down on the beach your guide will spend about 10 minutes running you through the basics of surfing - from paddling, balancing, standing up and everything in between. Generally the best way to learn is by doing, so after a brief run-through on the shore you’ll hop in the water and get started.

Across the two hours, your surfer-guide will be in the water with you, helping you to catch good waves and improving your posture and skills. Most first-timers who take these lessons will stand and surf by the end of the two hours (it’s actually not as hard as you might think it is when you have someone guiding you), although the fun of this experience really lies in trying. If you’ve already got a bit of experience under your belt, your teacher will spend the lesson helping to improve and finesse those skills. Participants will also learn more about the surfing culture here in Australia, and life in Bondi too.

After two hours of surfing, you’ll head back to Let’s Go Surfing HQ to get changed and say goodbye to your guide. Then, you’re on your own at one of the best beaches in Australia. Enjoy it.


  • Professional surfer-guide
  • Two-hour surfing lesson
  • All necessary equipment including surfboards, wetsuits, UV rash vests and sunscreen
  • A certificate (show off to friends back at home)
  • Use of change rooms and access to an outdoor shower
  • Storage for personal belongings


  • Transfers (we’ll see you there)
  • Tips (if you’re after the good karma)
  • Food (you’re here to surf!)

Please note

The confirmation voucher includes the Let’s Go Surfing team’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Make sure to reconfirm the exact start time with Let’s Go Surfing at least 24 hours before the lesson.

Don’t forget to arrive 35 minutes before the lesson time - this means you’ll have time to get suited up and learn the basics before your lesson starts.

All would-be surfers have to meet the following requirements…

  • Participants must be able to swim 50 metres
  • Participants must have a reasonable level of fitness and strength
  • Participants must have full body control and hand-eye-foot coordination
  • Participants must be able to walk independently
  • Participants must not have a blood alcohol reading of 0.05% or higher
  • Participants must not have broken bones
  • Participants must not have undergone surgery in the last six months
  • Participants must not have experienced a fit or seizure in the last six months
  • Participants must not be pregnant

Please note that you participate in the lesson at your own risk. Let’s Go Surfing’s trained instructors are there to assist throughout the lesson.

Surfing in the rain or in challenging weather can be a great experience. Let’s Go Surfing’s lessons run in rain or shine. The only time a surfing lesson will be rescheduled is during an electrical storm and when there’s dangerous surf. Should a lesson not proceed due to weather or other safety reasons, you will be offered an alternative date to reschedule your lesson or given a full refund.

Appropriate all-season wetsuits, radiators, UV rash vests and sunscreen are provided for surfers.

Let’s Go Surfing asks that all participants leave their personal belongings in the safe storage area back at the office.

Sorry team, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher to pass along to the Let’s Go Surfing guide on arrival (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers who rock up without a printed copy of their voucher – so don’t forget!

Customer Reviews

  • Tiziano Previtali
    Professional and kind

    Very professional and the Beach and the Ocean were amazing!! If you have never tried surfing, this is the best way to start...

    Italy 04/06/2013
  • Jennifer Stutt
    so much fun

    Fantastic and fun....

    Canada 12/04/2010

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