Surf lessons

Do you want to learn how to surf (better)? At Zeehelden on the Wassenaarseslag you can go on surfing lessons. In six Sunday mornings we will teach you all the ins and outs of surfing. The lessons last 90 minutes and include surfboard and wetsuit.

For season 2022 the series of six lessons are planned on:

– Sunday May 22th to Sunday June 26th
– Sunday August 28th to Sunday to October 2nd

The lessons take place from 11.00 until 12.30 hours.

The surfing lessons are intended for water fans from 8 to 16 years old. Participants must at least have a swimming diploma A. It is possible to book a single lesson but with a series of six lessons you can really “surf” in Wassenaar.

A single lesson costs € 20,- and you can email for an appointment to
A series of six lessons costs € 100,-.

Click here to sign up for a series of lessons!

Surf lessons for adults

For adults we can organize a private wave surfing lesson by appointment. A private lesson lasts 2 hours and includes a wetsuit, surfboard and a happy instructor. The costs are

1 person: € 70
2 people: € 100
3 people: € 130
4 people € 160

For an appointment you can mail to

Below you will find the most important surfing techniques explained. It is useful to read this for your first surf lesson in Wasseanaar.


Better surfing starts with better paddling. A good paddle technique is the basis for learning to surf. The better you paddle, the more waves you can catch and the faster you make progress. If you want to paddle efficiently, there are two things to pay attention to:
1. Minimize resistance (no drag). Have this done by beining in the correct position on the surfboard.
2 Maximize propulsion. You do this by having the right paddle technique.

Minimizing resistance is important to get the most out of your paddle power. You will have to glide over the water and not drag through the water. Your board should be lying flat on the water. If your legs are hanging over the rails of your board, or you are to much in the front or the back of the board, you will have unnecessary resistance. The right position and place on your surfboard is important for both paddling and getting up.

With the correct paddle technique you will move faster. The goal is to get the most power out of every paddle stroke. This is done by maximizeing the surface area (hand, forearm and arm) in the water. Make sure your fingers are tight and you put your arms close to your board, deep in the water. Make long powerful strokes.

There are different ways you can get up or pop up. The technique below is the most successful for longboards.

1. Paddle until you have actually caught the wave. You have to paddle until the wave takes you along. At this time, place both hands flat on the surfboard next to your chest.
2. Do a push-up. Hold your toes against the back of the surfboard. There should be space between your body and the surfboard.
3. Slide the rear foot forward next to your other knee, which rests about 40-50 centimeters forward on your board.
4. Then slide your front foot forward between your hands. By keeping your hands in the same position on the board as you do in the pop-up  you can stabilize the surfboard and maintain the speed.
5. Now you can stand up. Have your feet are properly positioned before you take your hands off the board. Keep your knees bent and keep pressure on your legs and feet. Look in the direction where you are going.
6. The distance between your two feet should be approximately shoulder-wide. Your feet should be centrally on the surfboard in the longitudinal direction. The front foot should be pointing a little bit foreward but no more than 45 degrees.

Catamaran school Zeehelden is associated with KZVW and holds the primary goal of promoting water sports on the North Sea coast.