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We had a surf lesson with Josh as part of a family (kids aged 8 and 9) trip to BC. This is the second time we have done this on trips 2 years apart. We had a fantastic experience both times. This time Josh was brilliant with the kids. He gave us adults good advice whilst all the time getting the kids up on the board. Pacific Surf is very professional in all aspects. Organised, friendly and top notch. The photos that their photographer took are also incredible. We wouldn’t look anywhere else when surfing in Tofino. ~ Surfed August 2018

Our instructor Adam, is very experienced and brings a lot of passion and patience to his instruction. He focused on the fundamentals, providing a great overview of the basics and emphasizing safety while in the water. Overall, it was an amazing few hours in the Chesterman surf. We will definitely be back for another lesson, and will recommend the Pacific Surf Company to others. ~ Surfed January 2019

My wife and son and I joined the group lesson (10 students in the group). The lesson was at Cox beach, nice and big beach with tons of space and extremely good waves for beginners. Our instructors were very funny but also very good at teaching how to surf. It's really worth it! The gear was quite new, and even though it was October it was totally warm and comfortable the entire lesson. ~ Surfed October 2018

My wife and I took out first surf lesson ever yesterday and had a blast! Or instructor was Jill and she was amazing! The instruction was thorough, and informative. Safety was explained to a point where we would feel comfortable going alone next time. Would recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to surf. ~ Surfed October 2016

Signed my kids (15 and 14) up for surf lessons here and within an hour they were up and at it. Great staff at this school. All the instructors were engaged and focused on making this a great experience for everyone in the classes. ~ Surfed September 2018

Surf Lesson FAQ


  1. Do I need to rent gear for my lesson?

    No! Our lesson prices include all the gear you'll need for the duration of your lesson. This means we both transport and provide the surf board, wetsuit, and any accessories you may need. If you'd like to get back in the water after your lesson - we offer you a great deal on the first 24 hours of your rental! Just swing by the shop when you are ready to hit the water again and we can get you all set up. 

  2. I’m a bit nervous of water and can’t swim very well - can I still take a lesson?

    Absolutely! We are passionate about creating the opportunity for you to begin a positive relationship with the ocean. Your safety is our first priority, and our highly qualified instructors have an amazing ability to make you feel comfortable in the water. We will be staying waist to chest deep in the water for all beginner lessons, and first and foremost chatting about safety on the beach before we get in the water. 
  1. What should I bring for my lesson?

    To be prepared for your lesson, we ask that you make sure you bring the following:
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen (if weather requires)
  • Water
  • Any personal medical items you may need within the 3 hour lesson time
  • Stoke!

    We will be bringing all of the gear to the beach for you, and during the busy season we even bring the photographer! **Weather dependent. 
  1. What do I wear under my wetsuit?

    We recommend you wear a bathing suit - with the least amount of material the better. 
  1. Can I wear my glasses or goggles on the lesson?

    Unfortunately, no. Eyewear can act as a hazard in the water, with yourself and fellow surf-mates getting used to 9ft of surf board! We ask that you wear eye contacts if possible, or leave your eyewear in your car.  
  1. What beach will we be surfing at?

    We choose the best beach for the day the morning of your lesson! Surf conditions can change  very quickly, meaning you’ll get directions and a confirmed beach location day of your lesson.  
  1. Do you offer transportation to the beach?

    We do not provide transportation of people to the beach. You will have to get yourself and your group down to the beach, but we WILL be bringing all surf gear to the beach for you.  
  1. Can I take a lesson in the winter?

    Absolutely! We are open year round, 7 days a week. Give us a shout to chat available lesson times depending on when you are coming out. 
  1. What if it’s raining on the day of my lesson?

    We surf, rain or shine!