English + Surfing with Dominique and Manuel!


Dominique and Manuel are from Switzerland and spent four weeks with us here at Lexis Byron Bay. They enrolled in the English in Action – Surfing course for two weeks, followed by another two weeks of General English.


Manuel has always dreamed of visiting Australia. He also loves to surf, having done a surf camp in Portugal, and he enjoys the hippy culture and lifestyle. Byron Bay was the obvious choice for him to visit! Dominique was interested in spending some time overseas to practice his English, and thought that Manuel’s plan sounded pretty good, so came along with him!


For both of them, their favourite things about Byron Bay includes the lovely, friendly, polite people, although Manuel said they can be a bit too relaxed at times (for example, when they are making your to-go coffee and it takes a good ten minutes!). Dominique also enjoyed the Lighthouse and being able to watch the whales swim past in the ocean, while Manuel loved the beaches, the lifestyle and the positive attitudes of everyone he met.


Dominique and Manuel felt that they absolutely made improvements to their English skills while they studied here at Lexis Byron Bay. Their teachers were very, very good and were friendly and helpful at all times. They found that the teaching style here is quite different to what they have experienced in Switzerland, which was very helpful in learning new English concepts.


In addition to improving their English, they also improved their surfing! For Dominique, it was his first time ever to try surfing. Manuel, on the other hand, had tried surfing before at a surf camp in Portugal. Compared to that experience, the lessons he had here with the team at Let’s Go Surfing Byron Bay  were outstanding. The classes were much smaller here, allowing a more personal and attentive method of coaching. Their instructors were great teachers, very motivated and clearly love what they do, which all came together to make a positive and fun surfing experience!

Overall, Dominique and Manuel would definitely recommend the English in Action – Surfing course to anyone considering studying English and learning to surf in Australia!


After completing their studies at Lexis Byron Bay last week, they were flying straight back to Switzerland the day after their graduation. They would have liked to stay in Australia for a longer period of time, but unfortunately had to be back at work this week. Manuel plans to continue his English studies and will be completing the Cambridge CAE course next year in Switzerland, and is hoping to study Law at university, which is a bilingual course. He also hopes to return to Byron Bay in the next few years!


We truly enjoyed having you both here at Lexis Byron Bay and hope to see you back in Australia again one day! All the best for whatever your futures hold 🙂



Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.


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