About Us

Who Are We, & Why Choose Us

Here’s what we are all about at the Illawarra Surf Academy

Illawarra Surf Academy was founded in 2013 by Professional Surfer Nic Squiers. Nic is Wollongong born and bred through and through. A huge advocate for the local area, Nic has spent over 20 years surfing in the Illawarra area, and has an undeniable love for this region. Nic has been competing against the worlds best surfers on the World Qualifying Series for over 7 years and has had many great results over the years. Nic the 2014 Australian Surfing Champion and 2014 International Surfing Association China Cup Champion. Nic still competes amongst the world’s best surfers, however he realises how important the next generation of surfers are to the region. Nic’s major passion is to share his lifetime of ocean knowledge and competitive juices to help surfers of all levels to improve their experience in the ocean.

Illawarra Surf Academy’s Learn to Surf Programs are run by Nic Squiers and his experienced and enthusiastic team that are all Surfing Australia Level 1 Qualified; hold current first aid certificates; surf rescue certificates; and Working with Children’s checks. We provide safe and stable soft-top surfboards as well as C-Skins Steamers to provide warmth and protection from the elements. Our Private Lessons are tailored to the individual, and our group lessons are designed to outline a broader range of topics to gain maximum knowledge. All our lessons and programs have a major focus on safety as well as surf awareness so you walk away closer to becoming a true surfer!

Our next progression programs are Micro-Groms for ages 5-12yrs, Super-Groms 12-17yrs then on to our Intermediate & Elite Coaching Sessions. These programs are run by Nic Squiers and take a video analysis approach to coaching. This means we film each surf session, then we watch the footage back so you see where the dynamics of your body are going right or wrong, then we put things in place to better your surfing experience.

What ever your age and ability, we will guarantee you will have an amazing surfing experience with us!


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

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