Cannot rate them highly enough. We turned up pretty late and asked if they could do us a private lesson for three. The lady in the shop was as helpful as could be and rang around to find an instructor happy to take us out at 2.30pm. The instructor was called Chris and he was amazing. My kids had done a beginner lesson before on the Gold Coast so I thought I knew what to expect but Chris was totally different. He gave a short speech on safety and how to work out the swells and rips. Then we had a short ten minute instruction on the correct positioning on the board and how to stand. After that we were into the waves. The surf looked huge on the day we were there but two of us were standing on our second waves using the guidelines we were given. The third member was a little less confident so Chris spent time with her getting her to stand for her first couple of waves. After that he pointed out any errors or adjustments we needed to make. He even noticed that our kids were surfing next to us and gave them some pointers as well as bringing them nearer to us for safety. As gung-ho as I was, Chris patiently pointed out that while using the pot luck approach was fine, a more scientific method for getting on the board would be better in the long term. He helped me learn how to find balance on the board and what a difference a couple cms can make. All three of us where very very satisfied with the lesson and cannot recommend them enough. A bargain compared to others around. Don’t hesitate if you are looking for surfing lessons on the Sunshine Coast. Book these guys.

J Leuschner

I wanted to reach out and say a huge thank you for the awesome surf lesson I had on Friday, Oct 31 at 11:30am. I was on vacation from USA and after not having surfed for about 7 years I just felt I needed some reminders while I was there and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I had during the lesson. Living in Chicago its going to be difficult to find surf but I am re-energized and remember now how much I love to surf and I am going to get to the coast as much as possible and make sure its not 7 years ago before I can get back on my board. Keep up the great work and thank you for a very positive experience and conversation.

Michelle Henstock

I had a private lesson with Jamie on Sunday and I have to say he was fabulous, I was really worried about it and he immediately put me at ease and had a really relaxed approach, I felt completely safe and confident in his abailites. I have been raving about my experience ever since. I’ll be back for another lesson for sure.

Kelly Duffy

I am writing to commend Ben for the care he took of my daughter during her surfing lessons from Jan 2 to Jan 5. She is profoundly deaf and he managed to communicate effectively and encourage her. She left each lesson feeling happy and with a sense of achievement. It was a pleasure to meet Ben every morning and I would recommend him to others. A big thank you

Ruth Elliott

I just want to give you some positive feedback and let you know what a fantastic time we had on Saturday Surf Groms for our first lesson. We had Ben and Pierre and they were excellent! So easy going and patient with the kids - they really learned a lot and we are looking forward to our next lesson!!

Rain De Beer

I just wanted to email and let you know what fantastic instuctors you have. Jace Ryan our daughter has been going to Coolum surf groms for some time now. She loves it and is progressing well and just about ready to step up to a fibre glass board. I was talking to Taylor about this and she said she had a board Jace could borrow. Jace had a surf on it today and loved it, Its a fantastic little board in great condition and Taylor has let us take it home to borrow. Its her own board and one of her favorites. Generosity and trust like that is rare these days and Taylor and all your instructors are great ambassadors and role models for the sport and your business, your very lucky to have them

Teena Ryan

Just wanted to thank Chris for his support of local youth shelter. Young people love the learner board.

Jason Tickle

Our people loved their lessons and some are now motivated to take up surfing. Great coaches/teachers! We will return.

Jane Franklin, RKF Engineering Services

Thankyou for teaching me everything i needed to know about how to surf properly and safely. Thanks to you and your surfing teachers, I have now been entering compititions and coming out with great results.

Ashton Pignat

We spent a very good time with you, it was amazing, we hope to come back in the future... Kiss from belgium

Margot Danloy

Thank you both very much for our private lessons. They were awesome, I enjoyed both the practical aspect (the surfing bit) and the theoretical aspect (learning about the conditions). I will feel much safer in the water and will feel safer about my daughter Olivia being in the water. Olivia and I are keen to further her surfing now that you have started us off. We may be back for more advanced lessons one day. Thanks again Rob and Olivia

Rob & Olivia

Just wanted to thank Gen and Coolum Surf School for the beautiful surfboard I purchased from them and for going to the trouble to get it shipped to the bottom of NSW! I love it! Thanks heaps again!

Sara Marrapodi

A huge thanks to Chris & Gen @ Coolum Surf School for making our surfing experience a highlight of our recent Coolum holiday. Chris taught us the principles of surf awareness & safety for longevity not just for the short term lesson. It was very easy to learn with Chris and he even had our 5 year old daughter wanting her own board after just a 10min lesson. We also enjoyed Chris & Gen's generosity & flexibility when we hired boards, beach tents & umbrellas for the few days after our lessons. We are currently planning our return trip to Coolum - can't wait!

Stewart & Suellen Bagley

Best $50 ever spent, not only did the guys teach us how to surf, they also taught us how to read the beach conditions. Thoroughly loved it, Great Value, Thanks Ben for a great lesson.

Rick Piccinich

Came to your beautiful place with our kids to get away from our quakes, my son loved your surf school and he wants to move onto your back door.......would be nice. Raining and 5 degress and more shakes, might see you soon, thanks again, good old NZ

Kim Steiner

RE: Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day Hi Gen Can I say that you run a great school there too. The tutors and all who helped were wonderful and very patient which meant a pleasurable day for not only Ty but for the rest of us watching too. I had a daughter who had a smile on her face for some time after! (ps: She has now taken up a learning to surf class through her high school too)

Neil Orsbourn

We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful time Scarlett had learning to surf at Coolum Surf School. The positive encouragement and praise given to her in her first attempts at surfing undoubtedly helped her to her feet in the first few minutes and the continued careful schooling enabled her to pick up the basics quickly. She cannot wait for her next visit.

Adam Ainsworth

5 stars guys! Our thanks to Chris and Gen for a fabulous introduction to surfing. Private lessons with Chris provided an exhilarating experience with an important emphasis on surf education and safety (which is important to parents with kids just learning to surf). Coolum Surf School provides an excellent service with great communication. A must for holiday makers to Coolum. Thanks again guys!

McLure Family

Thanks Chris and Gen for the fantastic staff party you organised for us. The whole Pebble Design team had a great morning learning to surf and the catering you organised for a pre surf certainly disappeared quickly.

Brendan Veary

I was so keen to get started and went out by myself for a while (not knowing what I was doing!) and then for my birthday I got a gift voucher for a lesson with Coolum Surf School and after my first lesson with Chris, I was so stoked and from then on I had a new found confidence and ability that took me to the next level of stoked-ness (and surfing knowlegde). Thanks Heaps Coolum Surf School, Life is so much better when you surf.


I am a Grade 7 Primary School Teacher from Caboolture and last year I was looking for a special activity for my students. I decided to spend the day at Coolum beach where they could have a 2hr surfing lesson and then games on the beach all run by experienced, fun coaches from Coolum Surfing School. Well it was a huge hit! The first thing my new students this year asked me was, "When are we going surfing?" It is certainly on the agenda for each year not. A fantastic day!

Amanda Lowrie

We cannot thank you enough for your fantastic coaching, fabulous local knowledge and incredible generosity during our recent trip to Coolum. Not only had we never surfed before but we had never visited the Sunshine Coast. Our experiences in spite of the slightly frustrating weather have left us very keen to visit again, and certainly keen to try and improve our surfing skills. Your professionalism and friendship went above and beyond expectations and made the trip the very memorable holiday it was. Please also pass on to Doc our very grateful thanks for his patience enthusiasm and kindness to the younger kids in our group. He was the perfect person to encourage and guide them - thank you for introducing him to us ! I can't imagine that you would even want or- need to leave the paradise you have in Coolum, but if you are even in Adelaide, please look us up. We would love to repay some of your kindness.

Janet and Glenn Young Family

Dean, Chris and Genevieve, We have returned to Singapore and before life moves on wanted to send you a note to say how thrilled I was with Joshua and Kasey's surfing lessons. I actually didn't think at 5 and 6 they would be up....they both love the water and thought what a great thing for them to do during the holidays. Ben was absolutely fantastic from the moment we met him. He oozed Confidence, Re-assurance, Encouragement and Praise for both boys! This set the scene for 5 great surfing lessons and today they have taken their surfing mag to school to show all and sundry! I have and will continue to share my positive thoughts about the Coolum Surfing School, Kasey is already asking when his next lesson will be.... hopefully will be back to Coolum at Christmas!

Kylie Bond