Surfing for kids
Did you know?
Mossel Bay has one of the mildest climates in the world – second only to Hawaii.
South Africa is not just a great safari destination, it's also a top surfing destination, so let the kids learn to surf while you're here.
Mossel Bay, one of the many charming towns along the Western Cape's Garden Route, is a perfect place for children to learn surfing the right way – safely and in expert professional hands.
Mossel Bay enjoys temperate sunny weather for much of the year and superb surf much of the time. Here Llewellyn Whittaker, former Triple Crown surf champion, teaches kids how to surf, how to stay safe and, above all, how to respect the sea.
Kids learn to surf on an initial two-hour ocean awareness course. As well as learning to stand and balance on the surfboard, they learn the five golden rules of using the sea: never swim alone; always have a fixed marker on the beach; keep your feet on the ground; stay between safety flags; and always wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you go swimming.
But the experience is more than just learning to surf. It's about teaching kids to learn valuable life lessons like self-motivation, discipline and hard work. Kids (and adults) can build self-esteem, discover their strengths and become motivated in a controlled, secure environment.
Whittaker's Waves School of Surfing prides itself on teaching surfers of any ability or level to find out about themselves, as well as improving their surfing skills. And the Point at Mossel Bay is special in that two waves break next to each other – perfect for surfing.
Mossel Bay is a dream holiday destination. You can see the Big Five on a game drive in the morning, and be back for surfing by midday. Or take a boat ride and see the Big Four – whales, dolphins, seals and sharks – while the kids are learning to surf.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
How to get here
Mossel Bay is on the Garden Route. If you are driving from Cape Town, take the N2 east (approximately 400km). George Airport is only 40km away with connecting flights to all major cities.
Tours to do
Waves School of Surfing offers an action-packed six-day tour package that includes surfing lessons and a visit to a nearby game lodge and predator sanctuary.
In this part of South Africa, with so much to see and do, hiring your own car is best as it allows you to explore at your own pace.
What will it cost
A two-hour lesson costs R250 per child.
What to pack
All surfing equipment is provided. The sun can be fierce so be sure to pack ample sunscreen and hats for the kids.