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 The ocean is our playground, our well-being hub, whether you're wanting to ride a wave, paddle, or swim, we will give you the opportunity to emmerse yourself & embrace the beauty of the ocean environment.

(Krista Muir-Barry)

About us

Godfathers of the Ocean (GOTO) Learn to Surf School opened on 1st April 2001, for over 20 years GOTO surf school has had pleasure of teaching thousands of people from all over the world the skill of surfing, ocean swimming, and ocean knowledge. GOTO run basic Learn to Surf Group lessons through to Structured Progressive lessons, School Programs, Private lessons, Private family lessons, Ladies only, Well-Being programs and Corporate Team building. 

All coaches at Godfathers of the Ocean Surf School are qualified, motivated and caring surf coaches, who are enthusiastic about health and well-being and are highly skilled & experienced surfers in their own right. Their goal is to get you up and riding a wave and learning about the ocean environment. 

Godfathers of the Ocean Surf School Founder is Marketing & Program Director Krista (Muir) Barry, a Former World Ranked & Elite Australian Swimmer, who has a vast background in Marketing & Events, Adventure Tourism, Sport & Recreation, Swim Coaching, Mentoring, Creator of Well-Being Programs, and experienced in supporting athletes who are transitioning from professional sport to mainstream.

Krista is a qualified Applied Positive Psychology Practioner/Coach (MAPP) who specializes in the development of a variety of programs that foster a strength-based approach, resilience, character building, social connection, health and well-being, progressive surf development, goal setting, team building, and coaching for all levels, ages and gender.

Head Coach is Former Professional Surfer, Michael 'Munga' Barry, who toured on the World Professional Surfing Circuit (WCT) in the 1990's and who has since, had over 20 years experience teaching learn to surf and progressive surfing.

Godfathers of the Ocean main surf school location is world renowned Burleigh Heads Beach on Queensland's Gold Coast. Burleigh Heads Beach has deep roots in surfing culture and history, playing host to many world class surfing events, and a popular surfing location for locals, visitors and many high profile professional surfers.  

We welcome all to experience our iconic surfing school!