Surf lessons will allow someone to stand up the first day. Upon further instruction students learn to read waves, tides, and learn surfing etiquette.
Surf lessons can be done in groups or on a one on one basis. When there are between one three students (who will know each other), students are able to learn faster and retain more information.
After an initial lesson, instruction is on a one to one basis. Surf lessons help to teach the beginning surfer to bypass six to eight months of trial and error on their own. Surf intructors help the students to catch lots of waves and give feedback to allow the students to improve greatly.
Surfing could be the most physically challenging thing one can try, but with a positive attitude and by not getting frustrated surfing can be something one can do everyday for the rest of their lives.