Tips for Introducing Your Kids to Surfing
Guest Post Written by: FinBin
One of the best things about being a parent is having the opportunity to teach your kids about so many of the things you’ve learned about in life. Fortunately, few things are as fun to share as exploring the great outdoors by going out to fish, learning how to swim or riding a bike for the first time.
Outside activities can certainly be an exciting part of growing up, but when it comes to a sport as daring as surfing it’s especially important to remember to take things slow. There are few things that will be more exciting than learning how to ride the waves, but taking your time and teaching your child some beginner tricks will be more likely to ensure they stay the course and maybe even find a new hobby in the process.
Don’t Rush It
Kids may lack a lot of the fear we old codgers have when it comes to trying new things, but that doesn’t mean they don’t scare easily. Instead of throwing them off the deep end, draw them out slowly and make sure they know a few of the basics before you decide to head for the water. Whether you start them out with swimming lessons or by taking them to a surfing competition to engage their interest, making sure they’re making the choice for themselves goes a long way towards finding an activity they’ll enjoy.
Pick A Nice Day
A new adventure can be daunting enough on its own, but when the weather is all wrong it can make for a bad day out. It’s one thing for a sports enthusiast to deal with rough weather conditions, but when it comes to your kid, a warm summer’s day when the beach isn’t too busy is the best place to start. This way, they can learn among the best of conditions, which will bolster their confidence and give them a reason to get outside in the hot summer weather.
Buy the Right Board
When it comes to getting your kid excited about something new, sometimes all it takes is the right merchandise. Fortunately, a wetsuit they like or an ideal board to test out their newfound skills on can go a long way towards reveling in catching waves. If your child is 8 years old and about 4 feet, a 5’5” board is a good fit, while a 5’8” board is the way to go for a 10 year old that’s nearly 5 feet tall. You may also want to be aware that when it comes to surfboards, it’s going to be a lot easier for your child to paddle with a bigger board, which means they may be able to spend more time catching waves than wading out to sea.
Make Them Water Confident
A child who has spent a lot of time in the water will be a lot more confident when picking up a water sport, and they’ll also be a lot less likely to develop fear and give up after a tumble or two! Before getting them on the board and in the water, ensure they’re comfortable enough with swimming and their surfboard that they’re well prepared for the ocean currents. If it helps, you may event want to invest in some surfing lessons so that they can get a few of the basics under their belt.
Bring a Friend!
Most things are more fun to learn when you have a friend along with you, and the challenging sport of surfing is no exception. Instead of going it alone and learning the ropes with just your kid in tow, suggest they bring a friend to amplify the fun and ensure they’ll have someone to go along the learning curve with. There’s also the added benefit that if they learn together, they’ll already have a built-in surf buddy to ride the waves with!