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The 1st Wave Surf School is owner operated and coaching staff are fully accredited and qualified Surfing Coaches as required by Surfing Australia.

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The minimum requirements of the 1st Wave coaching staff are:

- Level 1 Surfing Coach (Australian Coaching Council)
- Advanced Resuscitation Certificate
- Surf Rescue Certificate
- Senior First Aid Certificate
- Queensland Government Blue Card Holder (working with children)

- Approved Gold Coast City Council Surf instructor Permit # 7574539

First Wave Surfing Coaches

BRAD   -  1996 I started coaching, 20+ years surf instructing experience, if you can't find Brad hanging in the 1st Wave hang out @ SSLSC or on the beach doing a lesson, check Crema Espresso Coffee at Main Beach, he can't come to work before his morning cappucino. Regularly arrives just as the wind blows in and misses out on the good waves!! (Bollocks) Call me I'll be around PH: 0413 627 873

REAGAN  -  Born and bred on the Gold Coast, regularly spotted surfing beach breaks between Miami and the Southport Spit, I still surf everyday and love sharing the thrill with people catching their 1st wave. I have been surf coaching for over 18 years and have taught thousands of people young and old. Call me for the BEST surfing lesson on the GC.          MOBILE: 0410 400 800  

JAMES  -  Starting surf coaching over 10 years ago while studying biochemistry at university. Has since finished his degree, travelled and used his surf coaching accreditation to work around the world. Maybe one day he'll be a biochemist, but until then he's on the beach surfing and working at his beloved local Main Beach.


The Groms Squad are all grown up and have moved on, BUT they are still surfing and floating around MAIN BEACH..

First Wave Grom Squad

PASCAL  -  Head Grommett, younger brother of Dom, Chief wetsuit washer and originator of the "dunk it, dunk it, wring it, hang it" rashie washing technique. You'll regularly find him surfing at Main Beach, hanging in the shop or riding his skateboard up to Macca's for the guys.

DECLAN  -  The Shop Grommett, always hanging out and helping out, has recently taken on the job of shop security. If a 4 ft high, 11 year old asks if he can help you, it's all cool he knows what he's talking about. You'll regularly spot him surfing in full steamer wetsuit or riding around the surf club on the surf check bike. (watch out it doesn't have brakes)


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