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Surf Lessons

Want to learn to surf? You have found the best place!

San Diego Surf School is the best surf school in Southern California because of our passionate attention to detail so your experience matches our high standards every time.

No matter your skill level, we work hard to find the best instructors with lifeguard and CPR certifications to ensure that you master the fundamentals during your first surfing lesson.

San Diego Surf School offers three types of Surf Lessons in addition to Surf Camps and Adult Retreats. Check out the options below:

4 Student per Surf Instructor
Best ratio for Group Surf Lessons in the city
90 Minute Lesson
$98.00 (Plus City Tax)

3 Students per Surf Instructor
90 Minute Lesson
$108 (Plus City Tax)

1-on-1 Surf Instructions
*Best Seller*
90 Minute Lesson
$130 (Plus City Tax)

4 Surf Lessons for the price of 3!
From $341.04 to $454.72 (City Tax Included)

San Diego Surf Lessons

Curious about Surfing? Discover Our San Diego Surf Lessons

Welcome to San Diego Surf School, the best destination for surfers in Southern California. Our unwavering commitment to excellence guarantees an amazing experience that exceeds all expectations.

From beginners to advanced riders, we leave no stone unturned in our quest to provide the best surfing instructors. Each of our instructors is not only highly skilled but also possesses lifeguard and CPR certifications, ensuring your safety while you master the fundamentals during your very first surf lessons in San Diego.

Discover the array of options that await you at San Diego Surf School, including Surf Lessons, Surf Camps, and Adult Retreats. Get ready to ride the waves like a pro! Scroll down to explore your surfing dreams today.

4 Student per Surf Instructor
Best ratio for Group Surf Lessons in the city
90 Minute Lesson
$98.00 (Plus City Tax)

3 Students per Surf Instructor
90 Minute Lesson
$108 (Plus City Tax)

1-on-1 Surf Instructions
*Best Seller*
90 Minute Lesson
$130 (Plus City Tax)

4 Surf Lessons for the price of 3!
From $341.04 to $454.72 (City Tax Included)

$98.00 (Plus City Tax)

Group Surf Lessons

Discover the world of surfing with our Group Surf Lessons! This customized approach ensures that you can progress at your own pace and receive feedback tailored to your specific needs. It also allows for a safer learning environment, as the instructor can closely monitor each student and provide assistance when needed. 

With a student-to-instructor ratio of 4:1, you can share experiences, learn from each other’s challenges and successes, and build connections with like-minded individuals. For only $98.00, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to conquer the waves.

Private Surf Lessons: Customized Coaching

Experience the best surfing adventure with our Private Surf Lessons! With a 1:1 student-to-instructor ratio, you’ll receive unparalleled attention and customized instruction to help you master the art of riding the waves. 

Our 90-minute lesson is carefully designed to ensure your success. The first 10 minutes will focus on water entry, safety, and land instruction, equipping you with the perfect pop-up and stance. The next 80 minutes are reserved for epic surfing and tailored guidance, guaranteeing the most spectacular experience. It’s no wonder why our Private Surf Lessons are a best seller! 

For only $130.00, embrace the accelerated progression only a proper surf lesson can bring.

A surf instructor and a surf student standing in the shoreline throwing the shaka sign.

$130 (Plus City Tax)

surf land lesson, one learner and one instructor

$108 (Plus City Tax)

Semi-Private Surf Lessons

Get ready for an incredible surfing experience with our Semi-Private Surf Lessons! With a small group of just 3 students per instructor, you’ll receive customized attention and instruction to help you become a master of the waves. In our 90-minute lesson, you and your group will learn essential surfing fundamentals, including safety, the perfect pop-up, wave timing, and efficient paddling.  

We provide top-of-the-line surf equipment, so all you need to bring is your swimsuit, towel, water, and sunscreen. Rest assured, our surf instructors are all certified in water safety, First Aid, and CPR, ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the lesson. For just $108.00, immerse yourself in the thrill of surfing and create spectacular memories.

Surf Lesson Packages

At our surf school, we take pride in offering surf lessons that are not only affordable but also focused on enhancing every aspect of your experience. With our 4 Private Surf Lessons for the Price of 3 package, you can save a total of $150.80 including city tax. For those who prefer a more social experience, our 4 Semi-Private Surf Lessons for the Price of 3 package offers the same savings with the added benefit of learning with a friend or family member.

If you want to make new friends while learning, our 4 Group Surf Lessons for the Price of 3 package is a great option. And for those who want to make the most of their after-school hours, our 4 After School Surf Lessons for the Price of 3 package provides a cost-effective way to learn.

From $341.04 to $454.72 (City Tax Included)

What You Also Get

Surfboards and Wetsuits

We provide top-quality surfboards and wetsuits for our surfing lessons in San Diego, which are included in the price. Our surfboards are meticulously chosen to fit all ability levels, ensuring you have the greatest equipment for your experience. We also emphasize safety by offering well-maintained wetsuits that provide good insulation and protection. 

Our surfboards and wetsuits are designed to improve your surfing experience, whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished surfer. You can be confident you’ll have everything you need to ride the waves safely.

Licensed and Permitted Instructors

Our instructors are licensed and permitted, to impart their extensive experience and qualifications approved by the city of San Diego. Equipped with comprehensive training in water safety, first aid, and CPR, they confidently handle any situation.

By emphasizing safe surfing techniques, they instill confidence and competence in learners. Our instructors provide tailored, meticulous instruction with clear communication to ensure efficient progress. They adapt their teaching methods to fit individual learning styles, promoting optimal results.

Our surfboards and wetsuits are designed to improve your surfing experience, whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished surfer. You can be confident you’ll have everything you need to ride the waves safely.

Water Safety, First Aid & CPR Certified

We emphasize your safety during our surf lessons, so our instructors are certified in Water Safety, First Aid, and CPR. With these certifications, our instructors are well-prepared to handle any situation. From watching the water to providing immediate medical assistance if needed, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are in capable hands. 

Our top goal is your safety, and we adhere to the highest training and certification standards to ensure a safe and pleasurable surfing experience for everyone involved.

Availability Across All Seasons

We offer our surf lessons year-round, ensuring availability in all seasons. Whether you’re looking for the calm of winter, the warm summer waves, the colorful fall foliage, or the cool spring breeze, our surf lessons are prepared to give you an exciting and immersive surf experience. 

Regardless of the time of year, you can count on us to deliver an amazing adventure on the waves. Join us for a surf camp that suits any season, and ride the waves in style.

Meet Your Instructors

Cyrus - “The Grom Prince”

Bio: Old school style, with new age flare. This SoCal native paddles out every day, no matter the conditions. Cyrus has a keen eye for the surf, identifying waves for his lessons before other surfers can pick them out themselves. He may be soft-spoken, but listen up to what he has to say because his surfing knowledge and wisdom extend years beyond his age. Cyrus coaches beginner and intermediate surfers, and loves to spread stoke to the up-and-coming groms in our surf camps!

Favorite Surfboard: 6’10 Pin-tail

Favorite San Diego Restaurant: Madre’s Kitchen – Del Mar

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer transportation to the beach?

We do not offer transportation to the beach; we appreciate your understanding in making your transportation arrangements there.

Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, or La Jolla.

Whether it’s raining or the sun is shining, it makes no difference. We surf in any weather.

A towel, bathing suit, sunscreen (if weather requires), water, sweatshirt, sweatpants when it is overcast or cloudy, lunch or a snack. A hat and sunglasses are optional.

Unfortunately not, since they could be a hazard.

Please arrive in the area 20 minutes prior to the start of our surf instructions to secure a parking spot and complete the signing of your surf waiver (release form).