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Intro to Surfing

Intro to Surfing

We love surfing the lakes on the windiest days when the waves are abundant but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn or practice anything when its flat. Our International Surfing Association certified instructors have created an introductory to surfing program for anyone, no experience required. This program is designed for days without wind so we can learn the fundamentals in the most controlled environment possible. That being said, surfing is an extreme sport. It is comparable to snowboarding/skiing, skateboarding, bmx biking and more. We go out there to experience the fun of the elements but we are also at the mercy of the elements. With this in mind, it is crucial to “know before you go” and be well versed in the conditions and have an honest perspective of your own abilities.

With our intro to surfing course, you can expect to learn some of the following:

  • An introduction to surfing safety, including signals and conditions
  • A brief history of surfing (lake and ocean)
  • Parts of the surfboard and how to carry it
  • How to safely enter and exit the water
  • Fundamentals of paddling
  • Paddling prone and how to dismount from the board from prone position
  • The surf stance and how to pop up to it
  • How to safely dismount from standing

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


$45 + HST

Class Times:

Wednesdays 5:45–7:00 PM
Sundays 5:00–6:15 PM
Summer classes run from July 2 to September 30.
Our Intro to Surfing Classes happen at Cherry Beach in Toronto.


*Minimum of 3 people required.
*Weather dependent. We reserve the right to cancel or change the class if we feel that the safety of our participants is at risk.

For questions please contact us at or call us at 647-489-7969 

Use the schedule below to book your activity now


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.


You must show valid Photo ID with each class attended (whether that is on a 5-class pass or Introductory class). The name on your identification must match your name on account. This is so we have the chance to get to know you! No extensions or holds. You must not have taken ANY classes at Surf the Greats from October 1, 2017 to qualify for either of these introductory passes.


The world can be a tough enough place as it is. Treat your fellow participants with consideration and respect … and if someone looks like they’re new to the studio don’t be afraid to say hi and let them know the lay of the land in a compassionate way… remember we were all new to a studio at some point.


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.