pat42 wrote:.........but I still think $45 for a couple of hours surf lesson is a bit steep!
If you read my second post on this thread, you'll notice that I have been to 2 other surf school. And that's how I was dare to make the comparison. I don't think $45 dollar is steep for the quality of what I have learned from them and that is personal opinion. I paid US$75 an hour surf lesson in Florida and I barely improved my skill.
pat42 wrote:I know how things work out there, and I'm sure they've had to pay a lot of money to set it all up and keep it all going and I realise in business you have to recoup your costs and make a profit..... fair enough.
Just for your information, I was born and brought up in Indonesia as Indonesian. I know exactly how things work down there. If you are foreigner, you will have to pay ridiculous amount of money to the government to create jobs for the locals there.
pat42 wrote:I know they are creating jobs and hopefully they look after the locals they employ. I also know that times are hard out there at the moment what with tourists staying away, but when I see the local people suffering even more it saddens me, and money that could be going to help them is going elsewhere................
Yes, times are very hard there and my initial posts was a genuine recommendation to tell the world it's still a great place to go. When you go there, even if you there to join the surf school then you still help the locals by being there to spend your money there (consume their service and/or buy their products).
I may not have mentioned it before but while I was there, my two little nephews were there to join me with my sister (their mother) and I did pay a local beach-boy US$25 to teach my two little nephew for 1 hour. Although my nephew had great fun during the entire hour, knowledge wise they learned absolutely nothing. I hold no grudge to this beach-boy, in fact I thanked him because he provided my nephew fun time. And in my opinion the beach-boy deserve no bad nor good reference for this.
You see, I don't' really believe in giving bad reference unless it's absolutely necessary because that's someone else's livelihood and I don't want to damage that (hence I don't want to go into details about the surf school in Florida nor Lanzarote). But if I see and/or experience something good, I will make sure to give recommendation as they deserve it.
pat42 wrote:Give the money to someone who needs it and not some fat American businessman!!!!
First of all, Rip Curl Surf school is owned/run by an Australian company.
Second of all, when I was there (during my surf course) the school notify me that they are closed for public for one day (and rescheduled my calls for the next day) because they dedicated that one day in teaching the local orphanage (40 or so children) surfing for free. They company put its maximum resources (they make sure all their teachers were on duty for these kids) to make sure maximum safety.
I didn't mentioned this because I didn't think it was really topic related as this was suppose to be about the surf school's teaching quality. But it's you made this matter a topic-related matter
Third of all, in my recommendation I mentioned that my teachers during my course were local people and they were genuinely very good (better than most surf teachers I've been with). And you may find it very hard to believe but they were all genuinely happy and proud working for that company (I speak Indonesian and chat with them).
So in summary, this surf school company is not a self-serving-profit-oriented company as you think (I would not give recommendations to such company). The company is run by good hearted people.
Wealth doesn't always drive a person to become evil and famine doesn't always drive a person to become an angel. Often it goes the other way around in today's world. Don't judge based on stereotype.