Surfing is a fun surface water sport that can be enjoyed by persons of all ages, children included. Though it may be challenging, teaching children how to surf is feasible.
1. Be patient
Children are always eager and ready to learn because of their curious minds. In the same aspect, their morale is easily diminished and have a very short concentration span.
As the trainer you will need to learn how to exercise patience; when the child is feeling frustrated or scared do not shout at them, instead encourage them.
If they do not want to train but want to hang around the beach, let them be. An unwilling child is not easy to teach, and you will be taking steps backward instead of forward.
2. Have the right gear
Ensure you purchase the right surfboard and wetsuit for the young one. At first, the surfboard should be the biggest one you can find to help in making the surf ride a lot safer.
A wetsuit should fit properly, if possible a size smaller as it is warmer and more comfortable. A large wetsuit rubs against one’s skin causing rashes and bleeding in addition to making it harder to stand up and saddle.
3. Make the child feel safe on water
Help the child learn how to swim first then help them understand the relationship between the two. Allow them to have a sense of security when standing near water to help them gain confidence.
You could also introduce them to surfing in warm water to help them feel comfortable and less afraid.
4. Allow them to play with the surfboard
When at home, allow the child to take the surfboard lay it on the carpet and crawl or stand on it. This will help the child feel comfortable once you go out for the lessons again.
5. Surf along
Children are great imitators of what adults do, so give them something to copy. If your child feels that they are not ready to surf, they will eventually want to join you if they see you doing it.
It also helps them feel secure as they can see that the water is not dangerous.
Keep it simple. Make the lessons as fun as possible. Make goals with the child and give gifts when the goals are achieved.
If surfing turns out not to be their favorite sport, don’t force them, instead enjoy each other’s company at the beach.