Surf Lessons

The best group surf lessons in San Diego

Group Surf Lessons


4 - 5 People

San Diego Surf Lessons offers group surfing packages! Group surf lessons need a minimum of four people and are no larger than five people per surf instructor. Larger group? No problem!  We can accommodate you and your group with more instructors.   Meet new friends who like you are learning to surf. Groups must have a minimum of 4 to be complete. You may also arrange your own groups of 4-5 people.

Surf Lessons begin with ages 5 and up
Group Surf Lessons

What is Included
in a Group Surf Lessons

Interested in our Group Surf Lessons

Pacific Beach, Mission Beach
and Ocean Beach

Group Surf lessons 90 min schedule
9:00 – 10:30 / 10:45 – 12:15 / 1:00 – 2:30 / 3:00 – 4:30


Group surf lessons are an excellent option for individuals who want to learn how to surf in a social, supportive, and fun environment. In these lessons, participants join a group of fellow surfers, usually consisting of 4 to 5 individuals, under the guidance of one of our experienced instructors. The group setting allows participants to learn from each other’s experiences, share tips, and enjoy a sense of camaraderie while progressing in their surfing abilities.

In a group surf lesson, there are typically 4 to 5 participants per instructor. This group size allows for a balance between personalized attention from the instructor and the opportunity to learn in a social, supportive setting. It also ensures that each participant receives adequate guidance and feedback while maintaining a fun and engaging atmosphere for everyone involved.

There are several benefits to taking a group surf lesson, including:

1. Social Interaction: Group lessons provide a fun and supportive environment where you can meet new people, make friends, and share the excitement of learning to surf together.

2. More Affordable: Compared to private or semi-private lessons, group surf lessons are generally more cost-effective, making them an attractive option for those on a budget.

3. Shared Learning Experience: In a group setting, participants can learn from each other’s experiences, mistakes, and successes, helping everyone to progress more efficiently.

4. Friendly Competition: The group dynamic can create a sense of friendly competition, motivating participants to push their limits and improve their skills.

5. Increased Confidence: Learning alongside others who may be facing similar challenges can help build confidence in your surfing abilities as you progress together.

6. Supportive Environment: Group surf lessons foster a sense of camaraderie and support, allowing participants to encourage and help each other throughout the learning process.

7. Suitable for All Skill Levels: Our experienced instructors are adept at catering to the needs of participants with varying skill levels, ensuring that everyone receives personalized guidance and instruction.

The main differences between a group surf lesson and a private surf lesson are the level of personalization, the number of participants, and the cost. Here’s a comparison of the two lesson types:

1. Personalization: In a private surf lesson, you receive one-on-one instruction from an experienced instructor, allowing for a highly personalized learning experience tailored to your specific needs, skill level, and goals. In a group surf lesson, the instructor works with multiple participants (typically 4 to 5), and while they still provide personalized guidance, the overall experience is more focused on the group dynamic and shared learning.

2. Number of Participants: Private surf lessons involve only you and the instructor, ensuring the highest level of attention and customized instruction. Group surf lessons, on the other hand, consist of a group of participants learning together, which creates a more social and supportive atmosphere but may result in slightly less individual attention from the instructor.

3. Cost: Private surf lessons tend to be more expensive due to the exclusive one-on-one instruction provided. Group surf lessons are generally more affordable, making them a popular option for those on a budget or looking for a more cost-effective way to learn how to surf.

Yes, group surf lessons are suitable for all skill levels, from complete beginners to more experienced surfers. Our certified instructors are skilled at adapting their teaching methods to accommodate the unique needs and abilities of each participant in the group. They provide personalized feedback and support throughout the lesson, ensuring that everyone progresses at a comfortable pace and achieves their surfing goals. The group setting also allows participants to learn from each other’s experiences and share tips, fostering a supportive and engaging learning environment for surfers of all levels.

The typical duration of a group surf lesson is 90 minutes. This time frame allows for a comprehensive learning experience, including warm-up exercises, land-based instruction, and in-water practice. The 90-minute session ensures that each participant has enough time to gain a solid understanding of surfing techniques, receive personalized feedback from the instructor, and practice catching waves while enjoying the supportive group atmosphere.

Our surf school takes safety very seriously, and we implement several safety measures in group surf lessons to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience for all participants. These measures include:

1. Certified Instructors: All of our instructors are certified and experienced, with extensive knowledge of surfing techniques, safety protocols, and first aid.

2. Quality Equipment: We provide high-quality, well-maintained equipment, including surfboards, wetsuits, UV protection, rash guards, and leashes, to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.

3. Safety Briefing: Before entering the water, instructors conduct a safety briefing to cover essential topics such as ocean safety, surf etiquette, rip currents, and how to handle challenging situations.

4. Suitable Location: Our surf lessons take place at locations with favorable conditions for learning, ensuring a safe environment for participants.

5. Instructor-to-Student Ratio: We maintain an appropriate instructor-to-student ratio in group lessons, allowing our instructors to closely monitor each participant and quickly address any safety concerns.

6. Group Size Management: We keep group sizes manageable (typically 4 to 5 participants per instructor) to ensure that each participant receives adequate attention and support from the instructor.

By implementing these safety measures, we aim to create a secure and enjoyable learning environment

Yes, surf lessons are available for children at our surf school, with a minimum age requirement of 5 years old. We welcome young surfers and believe that learning to surf can be a fun and rewarding experience for kids. Our experienced instructors are skilled at teaching children and ensuring that they have a safe and enjoyable time in the water.

It is important for children participating in surf lessons to know how to swim. Being able to swim confidently is a crucial safety aspect of surfing, as it ensures that the child can navigate the water effectively and handle any situations that may arise while in the ocean.

Before enrolling a child in surf lessons, we recommend that they have basic swimming skills and are comfortable in the water. Our instructors focus on teaching the fundamentals of surfing while emphasizing water safety and building confidence. We tailor our lessons to meet each child’s needs and abilities, providing a supportive and encouraging environment for them to learn and grow as surfers.

In a group surf lesson, the ratio of instructors to participants is typically 1 instructor for every 4 to 5 participants. This ratio allows for a balance between personalized attention and the opportunity to learn in a social, supportive setting. It also ensures that each participant receives adequate guidance and feedback from the instructor while maintaining a fun and engaging atmosphere for everyone involved.

If the weather conditions are not suitable for a group surf lesson, our experienced instructors and staff will closely monitor the situation to ensure the safety of all participants. Here’s what to expect in such cases:

1. Lesson Rescheduling: If the weather conditions are deemed unsafe or unsuitable for a group surf lesson, we will make every effort to reschedule the lesson for a later date or time when conditions are expected to improve.

2. Credit or Refund: If rescheduling is not possible or convenient for the participants, we will offer a credit for a future lesson or, in some cases, provide a refund. Our priority is to ensure that all participants have a safe and enjoyable surfing experience.

3. Communication: We will communicate any changes to the scheduled lesson as soon as possible, either via email or phone, to keep participants informed of the situation and any potential alterations to the lesson plan.

It’s important to note that weather conditions can change rapidly, and our instructors are trained to adapt to various situations to ensure the best possible experience for all participants. The safety of our students is our top priority, and we will always make decisions with their best interests in mind.

San Diego Surfing Lessons based in the San Diego, California, area. Our surf school serves clients throughout Southern California in locations such as San Diego, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas.