Lesson 5 – 40 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Attempt or perform catching a wave on a bodyboard


  • Bodyboards
  • 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.


  • Teach the participants the following golden rules of bodyboarding

Coaching Points


  • You need to be lying in the centre of the board.
  • Hold on to the bodyboard with both hands either over the front of the board or on the side near the front


  • Draw an outline of a body board on the sand or place a body board on the sand and use it to demonstrate the correct body positioning on the board.
  • Discuss what will happen if you are too far forward or back on a board (too far forward, you will nose dive; too far back and you will find it hard to catch waves)

Activity 1

  • Organise the participants into a semi-circle and ask them to draw an outline of a bodyboard or lay on their bodyboard on the sand.
  • Ask participants to position themselves on their board on the sand correctly.
  • Walk around the semi-circle and check to see all participants are in the correct position, making adjustments as necessary

Coaching Points


  • Stand up holding the board on the sides near the top in two hands
  • Look behind you for an oncoming wave
  • Just before the wave hits you launch yourself forward and kick hard
  • Keep the front of the board out of the water to prevent nose-diving. (Can also be attempted in a paddling start which needs a big initial kick to catch wave)


  • Using a bodyboard, talk the participants through catching a wave

Activity 2

  • Make your way down to knee-depth water with participants and water safety personnel
  • Ask the participants to get onto their board in the correct position
  • Have some fun with the participants and see if they can perform the following skills:
    • Duck dive
    • 360
    • Wipe Out
    • Sitting on your board

Activity 3

  • Line up participants with their body boards facing the beach
  • Ensure they are all holding their bodyboards correctly
  • When you see a wave is about to reach the participants, get them to bend over and push off with the wave
  • Repeat this until they get the idea and can do it themselves.


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