Lesson 10 – 30 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the techniques of surf swimming.
  • Demonstrate an ability to swim through surf, parallel to surf and back to shore.


  • Goggles (for participants if they have them)
  • Swim buoys x 2.
  • Water Safety Personnel (1:5).


  • If you are not confident coaching the skills in this lesson, bring in a surf sports athlete or coach to help deliver the lesson.
  • Discuss the surf conditions and safety considerations before entering the water.



  • Heading out through surf – raise your head to look forward as you swim out through the surf so you can see the waves coming and know when to duck-dive the waves.
  • Swimming parallel to the surf – breathe facing out to sea so you can see the waves coming.
  • Returning to shore (not including bodysurfing) – find a reference point on shore to swim towards so you swim in the straightest line possible.


  • Discuss with the participants, the techniques for surf swimming.

Activity 1

  • Ask the water safety personnel to set up a short swim course with the buoys situations inside the surf.
  • Split the participants into groups of 5.
  • Assign a water safety person to each group who will swim/paddle alongside them.
  • Instruct the participants to practice these three techniques out in the surf by swimming out and around the buoys.
  • Repeat this 4 times.

This lesson assumes participants have acquired previous skills from earlier awards: wading, dolphin-diving and body surfing.


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