School Camps

Looking for a super fun, educational & inspirational outdoor challenge for your students at the beach? Then we would like to talk with you about teaching your kids to surf with our specialised programme developed in conjunction with Water Safety & Surfing New Zealand!

Raglan Surfing School specialises in teaching school kids to stand up and surf. We’ve had the privilege of teaching this ancient Hawaiian sport to over 40 NZ schools & literally thousands of students with our regular schools coming back every year to surf their socks off! We’ve got the experience & resources behind us to be able to provide an ocean activity that’s challenging & thrilling but also educational and most importantly safe.

The 1:5 to 1:8 (depending on conditions) instructor to student ratios we adhere makes our school surfing programmes great value for money and ultimately means we can offer a better quality experience. Our crew of instructors are friendly, enthusiastic and keen to pass on their surfing knowledge to the kids. They will motivate your students, make them feel safe and comfortable in the water and will also cater to differing levels of ability amongst the group with the aim of getting them all up and riding. Our instructors have the New Zealand Surfing Association NZSA surf coaching qualification as well as been trained life-guards so you can rest assured they’re in capable hands.

We provide all surfing equipment including specially crafted soft surfboards that are easy to learn on, while reducing the risk of injury. A full range of wetsuits will keep the students warm year round. Students are introduced to the sport of surfing through a proven teaching program, which combines theory & practical coaching with land & water based instruction. A general lesson outline follows…

1. Ocean Environment & Water Safety
  • Ocean conditions, tides, currents and wave knowledge.
  • Ocean Preservation and Protection, environmental impact awareness.
2. Land-based Surfing Instruction
  • Practicing fundamental surfing techniques on land.
  • Surfing etiquette.
  • Surfboard maintenance and repair.
  • Advice on selecting/purchasing surfboards.
3. Water-based Surf Coaching (standard 3hr lesson includes 2hrs in the water)
  • Practicing fundamental surfing skills in the ocean.

Personalised School Packages

We tailor make school surfing packages to suit different budgets and group sizes and often organise other beach activities and adventure activities in addition to surfing for you. Popular options are beach volleyball & touch rugby, rock pool exploring, kayaking, sunset harbour & fishing cruises, tramping & horse riding. After an exhilarating surf session your students will be ravenous so picnic lunches or fish and chips can also be provided on the beach.

Camp Accommodation

The Raglan Surf School was based in Whale Bay, at the Karioi Lodge for 20 years which is set on a 110-acre nature reserve and surrounded by lush green rain forest. The lodge is now home to the Institute of Awesome, they continue to support the School Camp environment with a teacher/student training hub for environmental technology. Please take a look at what the future holds at

Catering options & sample menus are available on request from Institute Of Awesome.

Prices & Bookings

A Non-refundable 20% deposit is required to secure your booking. Costs can vary as they are based on group size, time of year and services required. Please contact us for an estimate & the various options open to you.

Contact us for more information

  • Our Risk Management Plan
  • References from schools that have participated in our programme
  • Teaching special needs children to surf
  • A Surf Adventure Package for your school