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Surf Lessons New York 101
  • If you’re looking for special attention and an experience catered completely to you, private two-hour surfing lessons are the perfect way to get to know Rockaway Beach, NYC. Time to suit up, grab your stick and get amped!

    • For all surfing clinics and courses, you’ll be paired with an experienced local instructor with extensive surfing knowledge, and all the technical gear you need.

        • Experienced local instructor with extensive surfing knowledge
        • Surfboard
        • Wetsuit
        • Up to 2 hours of surf lessons

      You can continue to use all borrowed gear like surfboards and wetsuits after the lesson for an additional rental fee. Let us know in the booking process, and we’ll make sure you’re set up with the gear you need. Your instructor will call you after the booking to arrange the details. If you have your own equipment, you are free to use it during lessons.

    • No one expects you to swim like you’re in the Olympics, but to take part in these surfing lessons in the Rockaways, you need to be able to keep your head above water and know how to tread.

      You’ll feel much more comfortable in the ocean if you’re sure you can swim at least two lengths of a pool. Keep in mind that surfing is physically straining, like any sport, so you should prepare beforehand with stretching and light cardio. This way, you’ll be better equipped to handle what the ocean throws, and in a better position to ride the waves with ease.

      For kids who are not very good swimmers, we recommend a one-on-one private lesson. They will be kept in shallow water with the constant and complete attention of an expert surf instructor.

    • Surf lessons are recommended for anyone new to surfing.
      Waves are smaller in the Rockaways, making this New York hot spot an ideal setting for your first surfing class. A surf instructor will teach you how to be safe, have fun and work toward standing up on your board. It’s all worth a bit of practice, we promise!

    • Here’s what you’ll need:

        • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
        • Water bottle
        • Food you can eat on-the-go
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
        • Sunglasses
        • Swimsuit
        • Towel
        • Sweater
        • Camera — optional
    • Group sizes and prices:

        • The group size for these private lessons are usually between 1–10 people.
        • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private lessons, so it’s the perfect opportunity to surf with friends and family.
        • If you’re joining group lessons alone, you’ll be placed with peers with similar experience.
        • Lessons are held seven days a week, at 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, 12:30 PM.

      Surfing in the Rockaways can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • While there is not necessarily a minimum age to surf, there are minimum requirements, such as height and weight.

      If your group has surfers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • The Rockaways, NY, can be easily reached by car, subway, bus, LIRR and ferry. There is free street parking throughout the area.

      Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually at a predetermined spot on the beach. Be sure to arrive about 15 minutes early so you can check in, put on a wetsuit and start your lesson on time.

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Rockaway please refer to the New York City Covid-19 Citywide Information Portal.

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