Have A Go Surfing Days: learning to surf is fun

Auckland students will be learning to surf in a three week long programme, which will be staged at Piha Beach on the West Coast of New Zealand.

The surfing programme will give 800 students from 15 schools the ultimate chance to hit the waves as the country winds into another summer of fun at the beach.

This is a result of a partnership between Surfing New Zealand and ASB Community Trust. The "Have A Go Surfing Days" will take place from the 17th October through to the 7th of November.

The project is aimed at Year 8 and below school children who are keen to give surfing a go. Over ten schools from West and South Auckland have already signed up to be part of the action.

Many of the schools have noted that most of their students would not have had the chance to experience surfing without this programme, but they are super keen to give it a shot.

"This is the biggest learn to surf project that we have undertaken. Schools will get bussed out to Piha for the day and have lessons from internationally accredited surf instructors. We are sure they will have the time of their lives", explains Surfing New Zealand Development Manager Lee Ryan.

The surf lessons include a fun-filled practical lesson in the water as well as some theory on land prior to getting wet. Students learn about the ocean and ways to stay safe in the water as well as the best techniques to get up and riding and enjoy the thrill of catching waves.

"We have a big focus on beach safety and teaching the kids about rips and currents and how to keep out of danger. These skills remain with kids for a life time. Even if they do not continue to surf they can use these skills whenever they go to the beach", Ryan adds.