FAQs Coaching etc
FAQ ’s you may really need.
Of course we may not have the question that in your mind on this list so do pop us an email with any further questions.
FAQ’s for travel and in general
Do I need a visa to visit Sri Lanka?
Yes! You will need a visa to visit Sri Lanka.
You can apply for a 30 day Tourist visa fo $35 US by visiting the Sri Lanka ETA website
www.eta.gov.lk. Follow the online application process and pay with a credit or debit card. Once
Approved, print out the visa confirmation.
You can still obtain visas at Sri Lankan embassies abroad and there is a counter at Bandaranaike International Airport for people who arrive without a visa, although you’ll have to wait for a short while and pay a small fee.
You can renew a 30-day tourist visa twice, for 30 days each time. Contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Extensions are not hard to get but require jumping through some bureaucratic hoops, downloading some forms and a lengthy wait in Colombo immigration offices.
Which airport do I fly into?
Bandaranaike International Airport Sri Lanka’s one main airport is 30km north of Colombo.
For our purposes there is only one airport to arrive at and do not be confused by the existence of MattalaRajapaska International
Do you have wifi access?
Nearly all accommodation has free WIFI but the signal is often poor. In the event of any emergencies you will , of course , be able to use the WIFI at our centre.
How do I get to and from Colombo airport?
The easiest & most convenient way to and from us is by transfer by taxi. It will take between 2-3hrs to reach the south coast & Ahangama and we will arrange for a taxi service to meet you upon arrival and drive you to your accommodation. The cost is €150 for a return trip and €75 one way, which can be paid when you make your surf course booking. We can also offer a quote on transfers from other locations in Sri Lanka. Accommodation staff will be there to meet you on arrival.
What do I need to bring?
We would recommend for you to bring, flip flops or sandals, high factor 30+ waterproof sun block, sun hat, light weight clothing, mosquito repellent and a reusable water bottle. A sarong or lightweight trousers must be worn when visiting Temples.
Do I need any vaccinations?
Not necessarily. Do make sure that you are Tetanus inoculation is up to date and some of you may find you wish to have a booster for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Our area has no issues with Malaria but do bring mosquito repellent, and our local dogs are more likely to lick you to death than give you Rabies!
Do I need to bring an electrical adaptor to charge my things in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka has many and varied plug systems, but do bring an adapter.
Do I need to bring currency?
You can order Sri Lankan Rupee at your bank but it is not necessary. There will be currency exchange offices at all airports and at Colombo airport. However, ATM machines are numerous and we particularly recommend Commercial Bank of Ceylon ATM’s and there are several of these close to your accommodation.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, you do and we do not accept clients at Surf School Sri Lanka who do not have adequate insurance cover. There are many travel insurance companies that will suit your needs, but we do have favourite. World Nomads have been providing excellent cover for ourselves and our clients our Lanzarote school for many years and cover the sport of surfing .
Do you have swimming pools?
Only Insight Ahangama has a pool.
Do you have WiFi?
Yes all accommodation has free WIFI . It can be erratic at time but the service is improving
Do you organise a social side to your school or any entertainment?
Yes we do organise evening meals at local restaurants occasionally but often we find it’s our clients, who really come together on these courses, who make the choice of where to go and eat. It’s an early night most times for all.
What is Kabalana like; are there shops and restaurants?
It’s very quite with the biggest attraction being the food at Cafe Ceylon. There are a few small shops , some with great fruit but the nearest supermarket is Ahangama 5 mins tuk tuk drive away
Are there places to buy surf gear, sun block etc?
None at all really as far as surf gear and the block in the chemists is not great , Best to bring some good stuff.
Is there much night life?
In Kabalana not really but a night club called the Happy Tuna ticks over in season. For the best nightlife a tuk tuk to Unawatuna and places like the Happy Banana is the best idea. Its 20 minutes away from us.
Surfing Course FAQ’s
How many people are on the courses normally?
Our course members are normally professionals within the ages ranges of their mid 20’s to late 40’s. But of course they can be a bit older or younger too. These are people from all over Europe, Australia and New Zealand , the Emirates and sometimes the U.S.
How old are the people on the course and what are they like?
Our course members are normally professionals within the ages ranges of their mid 20’s to late 40’s. We do of course have older and younger clients and families too. These are people from all over Europe, Australia and New Zealand , the Emirates and sometimes the U.S.
I have surfed for quite a few years. Can you teach me anything?
Absolutely, we can. We have a super wide range of abilities on our various courses and have coached National Squad level surfers male and female. We know that there is so much to be gained for our Intermediate and Advanced courses.
Do I need to bring my own board?
Probably not, as we have a wide range of high quality boards here, but do tell us what you want to bring and of course it’s fun to be coached on the board you normally ride. We can send you an advice attachment on how best to pack it too.
Do you only teach in English?
Yes we do and if English is your second language we make sure all our instructions are clear and easy to understand. A lot of surf teaching is very visual so you’re not to worry if you have weak English language skills.
Are there sharks or other nasties in the water?
No, not where we teach and if there were we would be the last ones to be coaching there. We don’t like nasties!