Flat Water Intro to Surf Clinic

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We have finished our Flat Water Intro to Surf Clinics for the season. From now until Spring, we will only be teaching lessons with waves to students who have previously taken the Flat Water Clinic. These classes will start  again in Spring of 2022.

Learning to surf on the Great Lakes is a challenging, yet exciting endeavour. Our conditions here tend to be a bit harsher than on the oceans and the lack of consistency in good waves to teach have forced us to adapt our coaching and our offerings through our surf school. We created our Flat Water Intro to Surf Clinics as pre-requisite for our surf lessons with waves, so you can learn all the techniques you will need to get out on the waves in a safe and welcoming environment. This program is designed for low wind days in a controlled setting, giving you the time to perfect the fundamental skills required for our surf lessons with waves. This clinic will take you through a theory and dry land lesson that begins like any surf lesson, from safety and conditions, the differences from ocean to lake and a detailed instruction proper surfing techniques. This includes paddling techniques, turtle rolling, popping-up, correct stance and more. And yes, we will get out on the water and put this to practice and to build the paddling strength, with our instructors right by your side helping you perfect these skills.

Learn to surf on the Great Lakes Surf in Toronto Surf School

In our Flat Water Intro to Surf clinics you can expect to learn:

  • A brief history of surfing (Great Lakes and ocean)
  • An introduction to surfing safety, including signals and conditions
  • Fundamentals of paddling
  • Correct paddle posture and technique (known as prone or prep position)
  • Dismounting from prone position
  • Entering and exiting the water safely
  • Popping-up
  • Correcting and perfecting your surf stance
  • Safely dismounting from standing
  • Paddling through breaking waves in prone
  • Turtle rolling
  • Sitting on the board and turning around in the line up

Learn to surf on the Great Lakes Surf in Toronto Surf School

Don't have a board or a wetsuit!? Don't worry. We will provide all the equipment you need. Show up with a towel and bathing suit at the designated meeting spot and leave the rest to us.

CLASS DURATION: 75 minutes

SKILL LEVELS: First-timer and beginner surfers


  • Surfboards, leashes, wetsuits
  • Dry land lesson covering safety, techniques, proper paddling and pop-up
  • In water lesson expanding on your knowledge from the dry land lesson

Learn to surf on the Great Lakes Surf in Toronto Surf School

Due to COVID-19, all our classes are being offer on a private, semi-private and small group basis with a maximum of 4 students per instructor. For the safety of our staff and our participants, all equipment is sanitized and quarantined for 48 hours after each class according to Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines.


Class Size  Equipment Included BYOB*
Private $95 $85
Semi-private $85 $75
Group (3+) $75 $65

*Bring Your Own Board, leash, and wetsuit.
All clinics are 75 minutes. All prices are per person. Prices do not include HST.
Our Intro to Surfing Classes happen at Cherry Beach in Toronto.
At the beginning of each session, our coaches will assess all participant skill levels and will tailor the coaching for optimized individual progress.


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How to Book

Use the calendar below to book your clinic. If you don't see a 'Sign Up' button next to a class it's because the class is already full. Click on 'Full Calendar' and check future Tuesdays and Saturdays for classes with availability.  

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Terms & Conditions


The health and safety of our community members and staff is of the utmost importance to us at all times. In light of growing concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we want to assure you that we have been closely monitoring updates from The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as they relate to COVID-19 and implementing appropriate additional health and safety recommendations as necessary.

What we’re doing:

  • Reducing the number of customers at the shop and in our clinics at any given time
  • Removing indoor seating at the shop until further notice
  • Wearing face masks when interacting with customers and other employees
  • Increasing the frequency of our shop deep cleans
  • Continuing with our regular sanitation of surfaces
  • Disinfecting all surfaces, door handles, rental equipment and shared areas regularly with Benefect—a hospital grade, non-toxic disinfectant
  • Quarantining products and equipment that have been tried on or used by customers for a period of 48 hours prior to putting it back into circulation
  • Adding sanitizing stations for all to use throughout our spaces
  • Educating our staff and community members on best hygiene practices

What we’re asking of you:

  • Use your own equipment for clinics and and workshops whenever possible
  • Wear a face mask when coming into the shop or while attending our clinics
  • Stay at home if you are feeling ill and unwell
  • Stay away from the shop and not attend one of our clinics for 14 consecutive days if you have travelled internationally to a COVID-19 hotspot or have been in close contact with an infected person
  • Washing your hands with soap for at least 30 seconds or using our hand sanitizer frequently
  • Minimize person-to-person contact
  • Cough into a tissue, your shirt, or the crease of your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 


You can cancel your class online or through our app up to 24 hours before class start time to avoid losing the class. We do not accept email or phone cancellations. If you have not canceled your class, you will receive an email the following day to advise you that you have been late canceled.


Our late cancel policies are based on student feedback to help create a more fluid and relaxing sign in. If we hold a spot for you and you don’t show up it means that someone else could not get into the class and this is frustrating for people who have made the time to show up. 

No refunds or credits are given for classes missed. We are sorry, but we cannot make individual exceptions. You have until 24 hours before class starts to add yourself in or remove yourself based on your schedule, so you can always wait until you know you can definitely make it to save your spot!


All sales are final and not eligible for a refund unless Surf the Greats cannot meet its commitment to deliver a class. You have up to 24 hours to cancel or reschedule a class, and your account will be credited. Credits are non-transferable and may be used toward other workshops or products in-store and online. Cash refunds can only be issued if Surf the Greats cannot meet its commitment to deliver a class. No refunds or credits are given for classes missed.


Our goal is to create a space for as many students as possible in every single class we offer, without overcrowding the class or letting space go to waste unnecessarily. In order to do that for each of you, we have a few guidelines in place:


All spaces are available to book online up to 14 days in advance and pre-registration is required to guarantee a spot in your favourite classes. Pre-registration is available through our MindBody online app.



Even when a class appears full, you may, and should, add yourself to the waitlist. When a cancellation is made, the first name on the wait list gets automatically added to the class, and you receive an automatic email and/or text message at the time. Once you get added to the class from the waitlist you become responsible for attending or canceling.


If you are not signed in at the desk, at the beach, or at the skate park within 10 min before class starts and there are students hoping and waiting for a spot in class, we open the available spots in class to those who are on the waitlist, and your reservation might thus be forfeited. We also start our classes on time and will not accept any late entry to classes.


Surf the Greats has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination based on age, gender, sexuality, mental or physical disability, body type, race, religion or political belief.