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How To Choose a Surf School that is Right for You
By Marcia Banes

Nosara and Samara’s sandy bottom breaks, consistent waves and extended surf season provide the perfect surf conditions for beginners and advanced surfers alike. These beaches have steadily gained recognition over the last ten years as International Surf Destinations, creating a growing need for surf instruction in these areas. As the number of surf schools in Nosara and Samara have increased to meet this need, many visitors are now left to figure out how to select a school that is right for them. Each school offers their own unique specialty to meet individual needs, but a few basic questions should be addressed when deciding on a surf school or instructor.

Picture courtesy of C and C Surf School

What type of experience does the school have? Experience often means a better quality of instruction, but not always. Research each school to determine if it is recognized by any professional surfing organizations such as the ISA. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the United States that is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. Visit the ISA website at www.isasurf.org to learn more about the certification process and decide if this is an important requirement for you. Certifications such as Lifeguard, Lifesaving, CPR and Emergency Medical Training are also important when addressing safety concerns.

What type of teaching methods does the school use? Many schools offer both one-on-one instruction as well as group lessons. If opting for group lessons, ask about the instructor-to-student ratio, as having too many students to one instructor can mean less personal attention and a reduced ability to watch for problems. Many schools now incorporate video and photography into their instruction techniques, offering students the chance to view the areas where they need work. Some schools also incorporate disciplines that are complimentary to surfing in their packages such as yoga, meditation or nutrition practices.

What type of equipment does the school use? Most Surf Schools provide a variety of surfboards to their students that are included in the lesson price; however, some schools charge extra for equipment rental. Good surf schools should offer both long and short boards in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate the different levels and body types of their students.

Below is a listing of surf schools and camps located in Nosara and Samara where you can find answers to many of these questions and more.

• Coconut Harry’s Surf School www.coconutharrys.com
• Nosara Surf Academy www.nosarasurfacademy.com
• Safari Surf School www.safarisurfschool.com
• Del Mar Surf Camp www.costaricasurfingchicas.com
• Nosara Tico Surf School nosara-surf-school.com
• Corky Carroll’s Surf School www.surfschool.net/costa_rica
• El Punto Juan Surfo’s Surf Shop www.surfocostarica.com

• Samara Surf School www.samarasurfschool.com
• Choco’s Samara Beach Surf School www.chocossurfschool.webs.com
• C & C Surf School www.ticoadventurelodge.com



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