Swell Tofino Store

Tofino Surf Lesson

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Tofino Surf Lesson - Learn to surf with Swell Tofino

Swell Tofino's surf lesson: We make learning to surf easy with great gear, experienced and enthusiastic instructors, a new approach to surfing instruction. Our group sizes are kept at 5 students to 1 instructor. We’ll show you all the basics and give you the tools to continue on your own.

3 hour surfing lesson - roughly 1 to 1.5 hours in the water

How It Works:

Meet us at our storefront location to check-in, sign some paperwork, and get into our wetsuits. We'll then drive separately to the surfing beach (5-10 minutes). We'll bring the surfboards to the beach, but you will need to provide your own transportation.

The lesson begins when we arrive at the beach, we start off with an introduction to the surf environment, practise paddling, popping up, controlling our gear in the surf zone, and cover easy to remember safety points. After this beach talk we get in the water as a group. The instructor keeps an eye on the whole group and provides individual feedback to each student.

We take breaks as needed through the lesson. At the end of the lesson we wrap thing up, saying our goodbye's in the parking lot after taking our wetsuits off and handing gear back to the surf instructors.

Age And Ability:

Group lessons are ages 13 and up. Check out our private lessons for the younger surfer.

You don’t need any previous experience. Beginner lessons are conducted in waist to chest deep water but please let us know ahead of time if you are not comfortable swimming. In this case that you're not comfortable swimming, we would  recommend a private lesson so we can customize the surf conditions to your ability!

Lesson Times:

10:00am Check-in --> 10:30am at the beach --> 1:30pm goodbye's in the parking lot.

1:30pm Check-in (June - August Only)

Gear rental after your lesson.

Come back and rent from any of our locations, if you've taken a lesson with us, you get 10% off any rental for the rest of your trip.


BC is in phase 3 of covid re-opening. All outdoor activities are allowed!