How to start children in surfing?
There´re many water-loving parents who want to pass on their passion to their children, but in their head they will ask questions such as: What is the ideal age to start them? What are the correct steps to do so? How will you surf if you still can´t swim well?
These and other are the questions I am now going to answer. So let's start!
For each age a different learning method
You can´t teach the same to a 4-year-old than to a 12-year old child, there are different stages during growth which must be taken into account when learning.
For children less than 2 years you should only create relationship with water, encouraging play and free movement.
When children are between 4 and 7 years old you can introduce games that invite the development of motor skills such as running or jumping.
At 8 or 9 years old, children can be introduced to the sport, always continuing with the games, but already familiar with the tables and the waves…
It is from the age 10 onwards when these games become more disciplinary and rules and behaviors are added. The technique of surfing begins to be introduced and will be polished progressively.
Learning while playing is key.
As already mentioned in the previous section, playing is the basis of learning in children. Through games it is possible to get familiarized with the environment, which in this case is water, therefore avoiding sport practice rejection behaviors, since it will be conceived as a fun activity, leaving fears behind.
There are many games adapted to all levels, and focused on improving different skills such as balance, speed, coordination ... These will increase their complexity according to the age and level of the child.
If they don´t want, don´t want, don´t push – don´t try
Sometimes there is a tendency to force children to perform certain activities under the premise that they must engage in sport, but this is not only not suitable for initiating a child in a sport instead it can actually achieve a totally opposite result than the expected, which is that they end up getting scared to surf and don´t want to get back on the board.
Children should learn at their own pace, and never be forced. When they are ready they will be the first to ask you what they wants to learn, And you might ask yourself, when will that moment come? When you feel confident enough to face the situation.
Finally, one of the best tips we can give you is to rely on surf professionals. Sometimes parents don´t know how to deal with certain situations or don´t know how to convey all the knowledge they have about certain sport. In that moment it´s when you should turn to a professional, they have all been prepared to teach and to get the best out of each child.
In the first years of a child's life the influence of the parents is essential to create bond with the sea, since no one else can get that trust into a child, but as they grow older an external figures can be a great idea to expand to their full potential.
Currently there are many centers where you can learn surf, but without doubt some of the most entertaining options are Surfcamps. Children coexist a few days with other children who have the same passions, learning along with other people creates a feeling of competitiveness which is very positive during the time of learning.
These camps are usually developed during vacation times, and include accommodation, meals and all activities. In addition to surfing there are also other parallel activities such as environmental workshops or lectures.
In our website you can find a wide repertoire of Surfcamps around the world, so you get to choose.