Learn to surf in our backyard, right here in TO Surf City. Offering private, semi-private and small group lessons and coaching amongst some of the most picturesque spots Southern Ontario has to offer. You’ll be in safe hands with our ISA surf instructors with a wealth of experience with teaching and many more surfing.
Conditions are checked daily. With potential lessons on the forecast, an email will be sent out to our surf school mailing list within a few days of the projected lesson. If you haven’t signed up for our mailing list, sign up here. A follow up confirmation will be sent to all the day before. We’ll meet you at the beach, with all equipment provided all you have to do is bring your stoke. The entire experience lasts approximately 2.5 hours and includes:
- Surfboard and wetsuit rentals
- Dry land lesson covering safety, surf conditions and correct technique.
- In water coaching, adapting and developing from the dryland lesson.
- Free surfing with the group and instructors.
Please visit our FAQ page for more information about surfing on the Greats and our surf school.
*No experience required. For group rates or more information drop us a line or call us at 416-846-4212.
CLASS DURATION: 2.5 hours
SKILL LEVELS: Beginner, and intermediate surfers
PRE-REQUISITE: All beginner surfers taking a surf lesson with waves with us must take a Flat Water Intro to Surf clinic before. Intermediate surfers who wish to skip this requirement will be asked to supply photographic documentation of surfing experience to fulfill all requisites in our White Fin Skill Level in our classification system. (see information below). Our coaches will assess your photographs and will make a decision.
$185 + HST – Meet at the beach
$210 + HST – Get a ride to the beach
Whether you are travelling Southern Africa in search for the longest wave, Central America for the perfect beach break or hoping for the ever elusive barrel of your life in Hawaii, you are always hoping the waves perform. For those who have travelled looking for waves, you know too well that a bit of luck comes into play wherever you are.
The Great Lakes are no different. With years of experience in forecasting waves, our success rates are pretty high. However, there are still the occasional day when we get skunked. Furthermore, determining the right conditions to perform a lesson on the lakes is extremely challenging, forcing us to having to adapt according to the conditions we find. In the unlikely event that a surf lesson isn’t possible due to wave conditions, then a ‘Flat Water Intro to Surf’ lesson will be provided. This lesson 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, with our instructors right by your side helping you perfect these skills. With this option you will be charged the $55 + HST (cost of a Flat Water Intro to Surf class and wetsuit rentals), and the remaining balance refunded to your account.
SKILL LEVEL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
- Knowing all parts of the board;
- Demonstrating board control and properly entering and exiting the water;
- Practicing board control in whitewater (i.e. paddling, turning, catching waves, accelerating and decelerating speed prone and standing);
- Shallow water dismounting from prone and from standing;
- Traversing left and right in the white water;
- Straight takeoffs;
- Having the awareness and basic understanding of what to do when you encounter a rip current;
- Independently catching broken waves;
- Understanding currents and being aware of your positioning (setting landmarks);
- Having basic whitewater etiquette for when it’s your turn, avoiding bumping into people, staying out of people’s way and safely catching waves.
- Paddling through broken waves;
- Being comfortable in the water, out of your depth, and in the impact zone;
- Demonstrating surf etiquette when catching unbroken waves;
- Unbroken wave selection (ie. Identifying lefts, rights, and closeouts)
- Surfing both forehand and backhand on unbroken waves;
- Trimming and carving left and right on unbroken waves;
- Pressing up on the board to get through white water, and performing turtle roll/duck dive;
- Generating speed and slowing down;
- Staying calm after wipeouts when underwater or when a large set is approaching;
- Performing angled take offs and bottom turns;
- Starting to perform cutbacks;
- Grabbing rail on steeper takeoff;
- Getting out of dangerous situations by yourself.
- Linking turns;
- Comfortable surfing overhead conditions and heavier waves;
- Fully competent at reading a set and predicting where and when it will break;
- Great understanding of wave selection, knowing which direction the wave is breaking, the turn that is required and when to generate speed or to stall;
- Performing the following:
- Popping up at the top of the wave before making the drop
- Floaters and completing into next turn or to finish off the wave;
- Closeout turns;
- Grab rail turns;
- Roundhouse cutbacks;
- Getting the board above the lip;
- Hang 5;
- Reverse entry;
- Cross step turns;
- Being comfortable at surfing over shallow reef or rocks;
- Getting out of dangerous situations by yourself;
- Being able to read when others are in dangerous situations and how to rescue them when it is required;
- Having enough knowledge and experience to teach someone how to surf and to coach other surfers.
- Competing in amateur or professional level surf competitions;
- Big wave surfing;
- Vertical surfing;
- Completion of a variety of aerials and progressive surfing maneuvers;
- Barrel riding;
- Fin releases;
- Coaching amateur and professional athletes for competitions.
Use the schedule below to book your activity now
Wave dependent surf activities will only show up on the schedule when there are waves and we are running activities.
Upon booking your session, please fill out and sign our waiver online.
Terms & Conditions
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.
LATE CANCEL PENALTY
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.
If you have a 5-class pass, the class you missed will be automatically deducted.
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!
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.
LATE ARRIVAL PHILOSOPHY
If you are not signed in at the desk or at the beach 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.