The guide to the best choice
There are several privileged countries for surfing, given the favorable natural conditions - especially the presence of the coast. But we have to respect the ocean and maintain safety first. A good surf school is always recommended. From north to south, there are hundreds and choosing one can be a challenging task. We make the decision easier by gathering a set of criteria to ensure that your choice is the right one.
CERTIFICATION AND LICENSING
The registration of the surf school, as well as the certification of the establishment BY the appropriate public entities, are excellent quality indicators. Basically, these licenses guarantee that the school has personal accident insurance for students. On the website of each school, you can look for the logo of these entities (which depend on the country where you are located). An alternative is to view the list of schools registered in federations, for example. In Portugal, you can consult this link.
Learning to surf becomes safer when the teacher responsible for the lessons is qualified and has experience in the area. Before enrollment, we can and must know what is the training of instructors - professional experience in Physical Education or in Sports, for example, is always an asset. The Coach's Certificate or the official certification of a federation or other entity is also a good proof of professionalism. To get to know the coaches, we can use social networks.
Having a website and a properly updated page on social networks is a positive point for schools, but a physical space, which can be open to the public, is just as or more important. In addition to offering amenities such as a bathroom, showers and storage areas, physical facilities are subject to inspection. This ensures that all rules are followed. More: you can always get to know the space and speak directly with the person in charge to expose your doubts.
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONING OF CLASSES
It’s important to understand how classes work. Classes should not be large (they must respect the ratio of one teacher to four students - five, on the limit) and there should be classes adapted to different groups: children, teenagers and adults. In the specific case of sessions with children, the number of instructors should ideally be greater. The duration of classes and the guarantee of safety conditions are also aspects to consider when deciding.
Good equipment also means higher quality classes. Schools must provide material to students and ensure that hygiene rules are followed. Both the boards and the suits must be well preserved. If so, comfort is always greater.
To ensure that surfing continues on a regular basis, you can and should bet on schools that are close to your residence. Getting around becomes easier and fuel costs are lower.
These are requirements that can help in the decision. On this link, you can see the list of Deeply schools. In several places in Portugal, Spain and France, the offer is varied. And, as soon as the registration is done, we leave the greatest wish: that you catch the best waves.