Owner and head coach Jarrad Davies is a Margaret River local surfer who lives and breathes everything surfing!

The Margaret River Surf School is family owned and operated by Jarrad and his wife Domanie. Together they have over 15 years of surf coaching experience. The Margaret River Surf School is Margaret River’s first surf school and has continued to run successfully for over 20 years.

Jarrad Davies has been managing and head coach for the Margaret River Surf School for close to 10 years now and become the surf schools full owner in 2015. His wife Domanie is a Primary school teacher who has also been coaching along side him for nearly 5 years now. They live in Cowaramup with their little girl who was out in the surf with daddy at just 6 months old. Surfing runs in the genes!

Jarrad is an accredited level two surf coach, qualifying him to coach beginners through to high performance surfers. He takes pride in his professionalism, fitness and energy as well as his highly qualified surfing knowledge.

Jarrad, like his own daughter, was in the water with his dad from a young age. Jarrad has been sponsored by Volte, Rusty, Oakley, Grubb Surf Boards and Odyssey 20/20 and has won state competitions for both Surfing WA and Surf Life Saving. Jarrad competes locally and nationally mainly as a short board rider but also extends his talents to single fin, long boarding and stand up paddle boarding.

The Margaret River surf school strives to give everyone the chance to experience the thrill and excitement of catching waves and extending their abilities with our expert advice.



The Margaret River Surf School is the regions first surf school and has been operating successfully for over 20 years.

We offer the largest variety of surf lessons to suit all ages and ability levels.

Margaret River Surf School has licenses that cover us to coach at the widest range of beaches in the South West. So we choose the best and safest beach to suit the conditions on the day and the surfing level of our participants. Our beaches are famous for being the best beaches in the world for surfing.

Our Surf Coaches are highly qualified, friendly and fun! Every coach holds the most up to date Senior First Aid Certificate, Bronze Medallion or Surf Rescue Certificate and are fully qualified surf instructors through Surfing Australia’s coaching courses. Every coach must also have a Working with Children Check.

If you are still not convinced we are the best surf school in the South West, check out what our other customers have to say in our testimonials on Trip Advisor, Facebook and Google Reviews.



Our Margaret River Surf School surf coaches are fully qualified through Surfing Australia’s coaching courses. Their accreditations are recognised by the National Sporting Organisation for coaching and the only courses recognised by the Australian Sports Commission’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. Surfing Australia and associated State Branches are recognized by the international Surfing Association as the world leader in the development of coaching and judging programs.

As well as being fully qualified Surf coaches, they must also renew their Bronze Medallion (or at minimum Surf Rescue Certificate) every year to ensure they are fit and up to date with first aid and surf rescue techniques. They must also hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate. Every coach obtains a Working with Children Check prior to working for us. This is a comprehensive criminal record check for people in child related work in Western Australia.




What do lessons include?

For the duration of your lesson, we provide you with a surfboard, wetsuit and rash-vest.

Where do we meet?

We are mainly located at Redgate Beach so you are required to meet in the Redgate Beach carpark 10 minutes prior to your lesson commencing. Directions can be found on our Contact page. We will contact you with directions if the beach location changes.


What do I need to bring?

Bathers/Swimmers, towel and sunscreen. We recommend a water bottle too. We provide your surfboard and wetsuit.


I have booked and cannot see an itinerary email?

Please remember to check your junk mail for your emailed itinerary. If you still cannot see an email confirmation. Please Contact Us on 0401 616 200 and we can check the booking system and resend once your details have been updated.


What if my lesson is cancelled?

Our lessons are held rain, hail or shine. The only reason we will cancel is if the conditions are dangerous. Our first attempt would be to move beaches or change lesson times. If for some unforeseen reason we need to cancel the lesson and you can not go at another time or day then we will refund your full amount.


What happens if my lesson location is changed?

We will contact you prior to your lesson if the location needs to be changed. It is important you supply us with an up to date phone number so we can get hold of you. We will use email as a last resort to inform you.


What if I am late or unable to attend?

We are required to have 24 hours notice for any cancellations or no refund will be given. Please make sure you meet your coach 10 minutes prior to your lesson as latecomers will forfeit their lesson and no refund will be given.


Can I use my own board in the lesson?

Yes you can. However, for Group Surf Lessons we only allow soft boards. You can use a fibreglass board if you are booking a Private Group Surf Lessons, Individual Surf Lessons, Surf Guide, High Performance Coaching or High Performance Camps


Do I need to be able to swim?

Most of our lessons are held in waist-deep water but we will ask if you are able to swim 50 meters (the length of an Olympic swimming pool) so we are aware of your swimming ability. Please speak with your coach on the day if you have any questions or concerns about your swimming ability.


What age group do you take surfing?

We believe you are never too young or old to learn to surf!  Our Private Group Surf Lessons and Individual Surf Lessons are for any age group and ability level.  Group Surf Lessons are for any person over the age of 10 years old.  Our Weet-Bix SurfGroms programs are for children aged 5 to 12 years old.  Our half and full day Surf Guide tours are for any age and best suit intermediate to advanced surfers.  Our High Performance Coaching can cater for any age. We separate our High Performance Camps in to adults over 18 years, children under 18 years and mini groms under 12 years.


Will I be able to stand up on my first lesson?

Everyone learns at a different pace, most people do stand up on their first lesson.


How many coaches are there per participant in a group?

We offer 1 coach to every 8 participants in a group lesson. For our Weet-Bix SurfGroms program (for children aged 5 - 12 years old) we have a 1 coach to every 4 children ratio.


What times are lessons held?

Private Group Surf Lessons and Individual Surf Lessons are usually held from 8am to 10am. Group Surf Lessons run 10:30am to 12:30pm. Surf Guide, High Performance Coaching, High Performance Camps generally start at 7:30am. Our Stand-Up Paddle Lessons are held from 3pm to 4:30pm.


If I book a 3 or 5 day course, do I have to take them on consecutive days?

No. After you book your first surf lesson you receive a booking code and can book your other surf lessons at a convenient time for you.


I have surfed before. What lessons are for me?

Our Group Lessons can be a great refresher if you have surfed a few times and are still finding your feet. Our Private Group Surf Lessons and Individual Surf Lessons are for beginners, intermediate or advance surfs and are perfect if you can stand up consistently and are ready to progress to turning, using the rip, catching unbroken waves etc. We also offer full day Surf Guide tours and High Performance Coaching and High Performance Camps for intermediate to advanced surfers. If you are unsure of which lesson is best for you, feel free to Contact Us on 0401 616 200 and we’ll help you work it out.


What qualifications do your coaches have?

Owner and head coach Jarrad Davies is a qualified level 2 surf coach. All other coaches are (at minimum) Level 1 Surfing Australia qualified coaches. Every coach on our team has up to date Surf Rescue or Surf Bronze Certificates and Senior First Aid qualifications as well as a Working With Children's check.


Do you have insurance?

Yes we have Public Liability Insurance that covers all our activities.


Contact Margaret River Surf School

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Please feel free to call or email us if you have any further queries.

Phone: 0401 616 200  Email:  info@margaretriversurfschool.com  Postal: PO BOX 664 Cowaramup WA 6284