The Best Surfing Lessons in San Diego

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Master the Waves like a Pro

Go ahead: Embrace the strong surf culture of Southern California and sign up for surfing lessons in San Diego. After all, not only does surfing look cool—it’s also a great way to stay in shape. With options for group, semi-private, and private lessons, there’s a surf school for everyone near Pacific Beach Hotel.

San Diego Surf School

Founded in 2000, the highly-rated San Diego Surf School is our top pick and one of the leading surf schools in Southern California, with a staff that includes professional lifeguard and CPR-certified instructors. According to this family-friendly surf school, “Surfing is not just a sport, but a remedy for life.”

Appealing to all ages and skill levels, the programs at San Diego Surf School provide a personalized experience with a 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio. Lessons include stand-up paddleboarding; paddling; wave timing and placement; surfboard and wetsuit education; wave physics; surf etiquette and safety; and more.

Location: 4850 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109

Surfari Surf School

Conveniently located along Mission Beach, Surfari Surf School features a roster of talented instructors that are dedicated to teaching students in an open and inclusive environment. Like San Diego Surf School, they offer both surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons. Five-day surf camps are also available, featuring three hours of instruction per day.

Location: 3740 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109

Pacific Surf School

Pacific Surf School is also located along Mission Beach. Founded in 1997 by Emiliano Abate, this popular surf school abides by a simple philosophy: “There is nothing that a good day of surf won’t cure.” Follow their lead and sign up for surf classes that promote physical fitness and overall great health, while alleviating stress.

Location: 4121 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109

Surf Diva Surf School

Located just north of Pacific Beach in La Jolla, Surf Diva Surf School is a great option for girls and women. In addition to group and private lessons, the school offers corporate programs, team building, bachelorette party sessions, and more. Meanwhile, their boutique is stocked with trendy resort wear, swimsuits, footwear, and surf equipment.

Location: 2160 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037

Learn how to surf in San Diego, then relax and unwind in the Four-Diamond rated beachfront accommodations at Pacific Terrace Hotel.