Wollongong’s Premier Surf Academy
Frequently Asked Questions
When Do Lessons Run?
‘At ISA we run Lessons all year round, Monday to Friday from 7am – 6pm. Our lessons run at both our fantastic locations during these times. The Summer months are fantastic for surfing, however during the winter months, we often have picture perfect conditions with, small waves, warm water and offshore clean conditions. Don’t be scared away by the ‘W’ word. However if conditions aren’t suitable during the cooler months we will be in contact to reschedule so you have a fantastic surfing experience.
What Should I Bring?
When booking a Learn to Surf lesson with us at ISA you receive free soft board and wetsuit hire for the duration of your lesson. You will need to bring, swimwear for under your wetsuit, sunscreen, a camera to catch all the action, as well as an ‘I CAN attitude!
How Do I Book?
‘All of our booking are done vie the ‘book now’ link at the top of our homepage. The process is extremely simple, and provides us with all the necessary details to confirm your booking. Online bookings will receive an added bonus from us of $10 credit to use on your next booking. If you find it tricky to book in online you can call us on 0409 111 665 and we can book you in.
How Can I Pay?
We provide many payment options here at ISA. We take payments with Paypal, Credit Card or with Cash on the day.
Can I Change the Date, or Cancel my Booking?
We require a minimum of 24 hours notice to change or cancel a booking. In the event of poor / dangerous surf conditions or other events beyond our control prevent the lesson or activity taking place we can also provide another date, credit or a full refund. Your booking is not refundable if you don not show up, or change your mind within 24 hours of your booked lesson, camp or activity.
What Level of Swimming Ability do I Need to Have?
All of our Learn to Surf lessons are run in shallow water, allowing those with limited swimming ability to participate safely and confidently. If your looking to continue your surfing adventure we highly recommend jumping into swimming lessons to give you the skills needed to approach the ocean environment.
I've Never Surfed Before, Where Do I Start?
Awesome. So your taking up the challenge of surfing? We provide Private lessons based on the individuals needs and skills, as well as group Learn to Surf lessons for all ages. For the Groms aged 5-12yrs and are new to surfing we provide Surfing Australia’s Weet-Bix SurfGroms, 10-17yrs we offer our Kids Ocean SMART Program which is designed for the older kids learning about the ocean environment, all the way up to our adult surf Lessons. You can find these options in the Learn to Surf drop down box at the top of this page.
Why Choose Us?
Locally Owned & Operated
Illawarra Surf Academy is locally owned and operated by Nic Squiers. We employ local coaches and spend within the local community.
Surfing Australia Licensed
Endorsed by Surfing Australia, the national sporting organisation adhere to strict safety guidelines and precautions to guarantee premium surfing lessons.
Qualified & Friendly Coaches
All of our coaches are Surfing Australia Qualified, hold current first aid and surf rescue certificates as well as working with children’s checks.
Quality equipment is essential when it comes to learning to surf. We use safe & stable surf school quality softboards, as well as 3/2 steamer wetsuits to protect you from the elements.
Small Group Numbers
Illawarra Surf Academy always utilizes intimate group numbers with a low surfer to surf instructor ratios to always guarantee a great surfing experience for you.
Our programs are designed as stepping stones to build the confidence and experience in the ocean that you need to get you ‘out-back’.
As a complete beginner, I was incredibly nervous about getting on the board - but our instructor was so thorough, patient and encouraging that I actually (and fairly confidently to my surprise!) stood up on the first lesson! One of the best days ever - I would recommend Illawarra Surf Academy to anyone and will come back for sure!
- Diana T
I booked a lesson to learn how to surf with them. I talked to Nic on the phone a couple of times and he was very nice and helpful. The lesson itself was awesome! My coach was very friendly, explained everything clearly and was incredibly patient!
- Eva P
My 10 year old daughter has been learning to surf through these guys and she's had an absolute ball. They make it fun and enjoyable for the kids but teach them also beach safety etc. My daughter looks forward to summer approaching so she can head back!
- Nean 0037