Local Surf Lesson

Surf the Greats Local Surf Lesson Toronto Great Lakes

Learn to surf in our backyard, right here in TO Surf City. Offering small group lessons 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. With lessons for groups, families, individuals of all skill levels available, join us and find yourself catching some fresh water waves in no time.

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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.


SKILL LEVELS: First-timer, beginner, and intermediate surfers



    $185 + HST – Meet at the beach
    $210 + HST – Get a ride to the beach

    *Weather dependent. We reserve the right to cancel or change the class if we feel that the safety of our participants is at risk.

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    Getting Skunked

    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.

    For questions please contact us at surf@surfthegreats.org or call us at 647-489-7969

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    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.


    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!


    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 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.