The cost of a lesson seems to vary between $15 and $50. The question you need to ask yourself is what is the “real” cost. It would be normal to assume that the prices quoted include a surf board, rash vest and as a minimum 1 hour in the water. However, hidden costs are common and so there are certain things worth checking before booking a lesson.
Is transport required and who pays for it? Normally it will be you if the lesson needs to go to a more suitable surf spot with better conditions for that day.
If you break the board or someone else hits you and breaks it, who has to pay and what are the estimated costs of simple repairs? Surf board repairs can be expensive so make sure you clarify this before getting in the water. Also be certain to check your board for existing damage and highlight it or even take a photo.
Can they guarantee you the instructor that you are requesting? Surf schools may use the ISA accreditation as a means to gain more students but check that you will definitely have the instructor you want.
Does the surf school speak your language? Can the instructor speak English well enough to provide a service. There are even some schools that have instructors fluent in other languages than English; usually German or Russian.
Individual or Group
If you book an individual lesson make sure that the instructor is not giving “individual” lessons to 2 or 3 other people at the same time!
These are just a few things to consider, if anyone experiences any other problems please comment below to help someone else avoid the same!