SPRING WAVES 6-week program
Want to grow your confidence in the ocean and have wild fun while doing it? This program has been designed to progress your surfing skills, ocean awareness, fitness, and confidence in the water, with instructors who will give you detailed attention and make sure you're having an epic time (because we all know the best surfer out there is the one having the most fun)!
6 x 2-hour surf lessons with a qualified & experienced surf instructor, running across six consecutive weeks. These lessons will be progressive and dive into practical surfing skills, ocean awareness, mindset tools, and so much more.
We'll provide you with a wetsuit, surfboard, and sunscreen for all lessons (you are welcome to use your own if you would prefer to).
LEVELS AND SESSIONS
We have four different levels running for this current round of Winter Waves.
Level 1A: Complete beginners and those who haven't tried surfing before. We'll be going through all the basics of ocean safety, paddling and standing on your board, and learning to read the waves. Our goal by the end of the program will be to have you standing and starting to turn on your board, and maybe even starting to try for unbroken waves.
Saturdays at 10:30am, starting Sept 24th, 2022.
Level 1B: This program is similar to our 1A beginner's group, but for people who have already done a couple of lessons before. Perfect if you're still practicing catching whitewash waves and trying to stand. We'll be aiming to move towards surfing small unbroken waves by the end of the program.
Sundays at 8am, starting Sept 25th, 2022.
Level 2: This group is suitable for people who are wanting to surf small unbroken waves (1-2ft). Our focus for this group will be good board control in the water, paddling out back and paddling into unbroken waves, practicing reading the conditions and identifying the peaks of waves, learning to trim along the face of unbroken waves, and starting to practice some basic movements on the face of the wave.
Saturdays at 8am, starting Sept 24th, 2022.
Sundays at 10:30am, starting Sept 25th, 2022.
Level 3: Those who are confident paddling out and taking off on 2-3 foot waves, and want to work on technique, turns, and speed. This is a video analysis session with the coach on land filming, not in the water with you. You're expected to have good board control, the ability to take off and trim along the face of unbroken waves, and an understanding of surf etiquette. This 6-week program has 3 x 2 hour in-water sessions - one every two weeks, and 3 x 30 minute one-on-one Zoom video coaching sessions in between, so you have time to practice and refine between surf sessions. This program is limited to 4 surfers per group to ensure safety and space in the line up. Please note - we are still only able to take you to our permitted beaches. We won't ever be able to take you to places like Bells or Juc for these lessons. We also can't guarantee quality waves, we have to make do with what we have on the day. Spring is notorious for being windier in the afternoons.
Group 1 - Sundays at 2pm, starting Sept 25th, 2022.
Group 2 - Sundays at 2pm, starting Oct 2nd, 2022
Please note, if you're interested in different lesson days and times than those listed above, reach out and let us know! We're keeping a list of requested sessions and as soon as we have enough interest for a different time slot to go ahead, we'll add it to our timetable.
We want to make sure you get the most from your sessions, so we choose the beach with the best conditions on the day. You'll receive a message 24-48 hours before each session with instructions on where to meet us. We have permits to operate at several beaches along the Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road, so lessons may be held anywhere between Ocean Grove and Fairhaven. If needed, we can help you organise carpools to get you to and from any location we head to.
"FIVE STARS BABY! This surf camp has been the most fulfilling experience, with Becky being the most kind and supportive teacher. If you are looking to learn anything about surfing, Honu Honi Surf Camp is the place to go. I feel like I’ve now got a lovely surf community on top of having confidence in the waves. Sign up… you won’t regret it!"
— Jess, Winter Waves June '22 (via Google Reviews)
"I did the 6 week Winter Waves program for complete beginners on Saturday mornings. Don't let the winter weather put you off, when you're in a wetsuit you don't feel the cold - Honi Honu supply them and surfboards or you can bring your own. Becks is a great instructor and the locations are picturesque. The 2-hour lesson duration is perfect and our group was surfing waves from the first lesson. This was just the motivation I needed to get out there and become a regular surfer. Thanks Becks!"
— Zenon, Winter Waves June '22 (via Facebook Reviews)
frequently asked questions
How are you going to help coach me on my specific goals in a group setting?
On booking, you'll receive a short questionnaire to fill out telling us where you're currently at ability-wise, what you want to work on, and what (if anything) may be holding you back. While we do try and group our lessons with similar abilities, if you have a specific goal in mind, we'll likely bring in an extra instructor and split the surf lesson up further so that you can have coaching on that specific goal.
Do I need to be a good swimmer?
Our complete beginners will be starting out where they can stand, in waist to chest depth water, and we'll never force you to go deeper than where you're comfortable. If you want to paddle out the back, you should be able to comfortably tread water and swim 100-200m unaided, just in case your leg rope snaps and you lose your board.
What happens if I can't make one of the weeks?
We know committing to a 6-week program can be a lot. We'll be running a few make-up classes at the end of the program for anyone who's missed a session. If for whatever reason you can't make any of those, we can let you know when we have a surf camp running that's not at capacity and pop you into one of those lessons. Basically, we'll try and be as flexible as possible to make sure you get everything you can from the program.
Any other questions? Get in contact and one of our friendly staff will be happy to answer your inquiry.