Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

Big Wave Surfing School located in Secret Harbour are WA’s only family owned and operated surf school with a focus on creating bonding experiences for families. They provide a nurturing environment for children to be challenged allowing them to Risk in a safe and amazing natural environment. They have a level system which makes learning to surf fun and easy and they specialise in building skills & improving self-esteem in children.During the school holidays, they offer a 2-day course ($99) for kids aged 6 to 17yrs and adults or a 4-day Weetbix surf groms course ($189) which includes a Quicksilver pack worth over $200.

I took along my kids aged 7yr, 9yr, 10yr and 13yr to try it out. After squeezing in their wetsuits which are provided by the surf school, owner & coach Pat Moran ran through some safety procedures such as swimming between the flags, spotting rips and sun smart practices then talked them through the levels of qualifications within the surf school.

Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

Then it was off to the beach to turn our theory into practice.  Once on the beach, Pat and the kids looked out to the ocean for rips and to decide the safest areas to surf.

They start off with learning how to correctly position your body on the board and how to go faster & slower by moving your body up & down the board and how to paddle most effectively.

And then it’s into the surf for practice with Pat keeping a watchful eye on all his students.

Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

Once the kids have had a play in the surf getting used to balance and body position it’s back onto the beach to learn the most important part … how to stand. Pat recommended that to master this, it needs to be practised at least 200 times on land!

Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

Dabbing is not the correct the move!!

Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

Once back in the water, it didn’t take long for the kids to be on their feet and “Hanging Ten”.

Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

The class is very well run, Pat is fantastic with the kids and teaches to their ages and abilities.  He is very positive and helpful throughout the 2hr lesson which also includes a couple of free-time swims to break things up.

Big Wave Surfing School, Secret Harbour

My kids all loved it and came away excited to do it again! This is fantastic holiday activity for all ages.

Big Wave Surfing School
Call now to book: 08 9758 8315
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Find Us: Secret Harbour Beach, Albenga Place, Secret Harbour
Our Season: September to May
Operating Hours: Saturdays & Sundays & School Holidays – 8am to 1pm – only when courses are scheduled to run

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About Jacqui Snelgar

Jacqui is a busy mum to 4 school age children who is currently a Swimming Teacher with Jump! Swim School Bibra Lake and studying part time towards a Commerce degree in Human Resources & Marketing.

In her free time, Jacqui enjoys getting out & about with her family checking out new places. You can follow Jacqui on Facebook and Instagram as Perth Tweens

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