Established in 2004 as Redhead Mobile Surf School offering the smallest group sessions in town, Owner Miles Niddrie changed the surf school’s name to Learn to Surf Newcastle in 2012 to better reflect the school’s Newcastle-wide area of operation

Licensed with Surfing Australia, which oversees over 80 affiliated surf schools Australia wide and local council approved. We’re open all year round including winter. Our surf school was the 1st in Newcastle to offer smaller class sizes and lower coach to surfer ratios in 2004. The school has always been a mobile operation to provide quality surf instruction at the most suitable beaches around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Primary locations are Blacksmiths, Caves and Stockton beaches and we have licences for beaches from Stockton to Catherine Hill Bay with loads of options to choose from.

As no beach in Newcastle is “safe” all the time we may need to travel to find the right beginner wave for your lessons. It is not as simple as just going to any beach and paddling out. Every surfer will tell you its all about the tides, the swell direction, the sandbanks and the wind just like fishing you need a plan.

Miles grew up in Aviemore, Scotland with ice hockey and snow skiing his favourite sports, arriving in Newcastle in 1977 his passion for surfing began and has never stopped. There were no surf schools back then and surfing was a self-taught sport. Luckily we now have surfing instruction available for everyone to get proper education on water safety and surfing safety. Surfing looks easy but is not easy to do. Miles has coached for over 12 years and developed his programs for all ages and fitness levels. Advanced coaching as well and just like a golf swing your surfing can always improve with some technique adjustments!

I also offer birthday parties, Team building groups and Hens/Bucks shows.

Our Team


Coaches & Staff

Miles Niddrie - Learn to Surf Newcastle

Miles Niddrie

Owner, Head Coach

Asha Niddrie - Learn to Surf Newcastle

Asha Niddrie

Surf Coach

Jono Schwager

Surf Coach

Other Coaches & Staff

Luc Biddlecombe


Joel Watson


Khiara Jones


Sarah Moore




Open Positions

Senior Coach

We are always looking for experienced surf coaches who are looking to join a dynamic and quality driven surf school in Newcastle.


  • Level 1 or 2 Surf Coaching Accreditation (Surfing Australia or ISA)
  • Current Surf Rescue & Senior First Aid Qualification
  • Working with Children Certificate & Surfing NSW membership

Junior Coach

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a junior surf instructor with Learn to Surf Newcastle.  We offer traineeships and opportunities to develop your skills both in and out of the water.


  • Surf Rescue Certificate / OSSA accreditation
  • Competent Surfing Skills
  • Willing to accredit as a Surfing Australia Surf instructor


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Mark Richards