August 11, 2006
Lessons are available every day throughout the year at 9:00 and 11:00 AM, along with 2:00 PM lessons from November through March; each lesson is two hours long. Manly Surf School uses Softboards, which are surfboards made of soft foam rather than fiberglass/polyurethane which. Softboards are easier to balance on and will not bruise you quite as badly in a wipe out.
The instructors I encountered were great--typical Aussie guys completely stoked about surfing. They were very friendly and gave a good surf lesson; they knew what they were doing!
I actually don't know any other options for surf lessons at Manly, but honestly I don't think there needs to be another option. The prime location along with everything I mentioned above makes for a great surf lesson. Give it a go--you won't regret it!
From journal Nine Days in Australia