FAQ2019-04-04T23:38:45+00:00

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS : FAQ

IS ENCINITAS A GOOD AREA FOR BEGINNERS?2019-04-19T18:13:56+00:00

Most definitely! Encinitas offers a nice variety of different types waves where they break slow and long. Of course it does depend on the swell but Beacons beach is one of the better places in Encinitas to offer these types of waves so you can really get the “real deal” stoked surfing feeling that all surfers rave about!

WHAT SIZE AND KIND OF BOARDS ARE USED?2019-04-19T17:40:50+00:00

We pride ourselves in using boards that are thicker and wider (Stormblades) than most other surf school’s boards so that you can maximize the potential of your lesson and get up the first day! We like to always start you on a bigger board with more flotation (most likely either an 8 or 9 footer) which is easier to stand on and then if you have success fast then go to a smaller board which will be easier to turn later. Keep in mid we sell these Stormblade boards in the Surf Shop portion of our website!

HOW ARE YOUR INSTRUCTORS TRAINED AND HOW OLD ARE THEY?2019-04-19T17:44:19+00:00

This is a great question to ask because when you get right down to it, a lot of schools will try and hire young high school students because its cost effective for them. There is nothing wrong with that whatsoever. But, we at Encinitas Surf Lessons and Surfing for Empowerment do not believe that a high schooler has the experience yet to really provide the type of surf instruction and service that we offer. We not only like to have our instructors know how to surf and teach very efficiently but really have excellent people skills as well. We go through a training process with all our instructors. We have a detailed step by step system that they go through in order to be able to answer any detailed questions by our clients and basically offer the most thorough detailed efficient lesson as possible teaching people the correct way.

ARE ALL YOUR INSTRUCTORS CPR CERTIFIED?2019-04-19T17:55:41+00:00

Absolutely! Even though many surfers understand the basics of safety as well as the fact there there is always a trained lifeguard present, all our instructors must prove that they are CPR/AED certified. And by the way, we havent had to even use it since we have been in operation for 8 years!

HOW MANY INSTRUCTORS WILL BE TEACHING US?2019-04-19T18:04:13+00:00

We offer a low of 3:1 surfer-to-instructor ratio to ensure proper supervision, personalized service and a safe experience. Our staff makes sure that you are always paid attention to and get proper feedback for the duration of your lesson.

YOU GUARANTEE TO GET ME STANDING THE FIRST DAY?2019-04-19T18:11:04+00:00

Absolutely! This is one thing we pride ourselves on no doubt! We are very confident in delivering a quality surf lesson where you get up (as long as you do what we say haha) as well as an extremely fun experience.

HOW DO YOU WASH YOUR WETSUITS?2019-04-19T18:06:06+00:00

Unless you own your own wetsuit, when you take a lesson for the first time chances are your going to be using a wetsuit that someone else used recently. Many other schools do not clean or disinfect their wetsuits properly for the next guest. We soak our suits with a specific biodegradable soap that disinfects, is safe for the skin, and keeps the suits smelling nice for future customers!

DO YOU USE FULL WETSUITS?2019-04-19T18:12:54+00:00

Yes Absolutely! Even though it is California and the weather in the summertime can be great and hot out, sometimes the water can be slightly chilly although last year the water actually hit close to 80 degrees for a short period. Wow! In any case, its not only important that you are warm enough in the water so you are comfortable but also the wetsuit can provide a nice layer over your skin to avoid sunburn!

CAN YOU TIP?2019-03-30T07:45:28+00:00

GRATUITIES ACCEPTED AND APPRECIATED!

Leaving a tip is a wonderful way to say thank you to your surf instructor of the day!

CAN WEATHER AFFECT THE LESSON?2019-02-03T23:36:42+00:00

Southern California is known for its great, consistent weather. We can run most classes regardless of the weather. Our full-length wetsuits will help keep you warm. However, if heavy rain or stormy weather is expected, classes can be either rescheduled or cancelled.

HOW LONG IS A SURF LESSON?2019-03-30T07:48:28+00:00

All lessons are 2 hours long except an option for a private 90 min lesson. We know that 2 hours is the necessary amount of time needed for a proper thorough lesson!

WHAT TO BRING?2019-03-30T07:50:30+00:00

Swimming suit, sunscreen, towel, and water will do

HOW GOOD OF A SWIMMER DO I HAVE TO BE?2019-02-03T02:14:42+00:00

If you can swim with your head above water you will be great. Weak swimmers will be kept in shallow water next to a surf instructor at all times.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN EQUIPMENT?2019-02-03T02:14:19+00:00

We provide all the surf equipment (surfboards and wetsuits).  If you have a board or wetsuit already and would like to bring it along then great! Our surf instructors can help determine if it’s right for you.
ARE THERE RESTROOMS NEAR BY?2019-03-30T07:53:17+00:00

It depends on the surf lesson location
IS THERE A CANCELLATION POLICY?2019-03-30T07:54:55+00:00

All lessons must canceled more than 24 hours prior to the lesson or camp. Payment will not be refunded for day of cancellations or no shows.

DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?2019-04-19T18:00:58+00:00

Yes of course! We offer discounts for packages of more than one lesson or if you bring any friends along to surf with you. We have packages of 3 and 6 lessons. Surfing is not like riding a bike so the more lessons you get (even if you try on your own inbetween) then the more of a solid foundation you will have to learn the right way and not pick up bad habits that you may not be aware of otherwise as you embark on your surfing journey!

HOW EARLY SHOULD I ARRIVE?2019-03-30T08:02:05+00:00

Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled time to ensure you get to the correct location and find parking.

WHERE DO I PARK?2019-03-30T07:59:45+00:00
It depends on the location. If lessons are at Beacons beach then there is a parking lot at the beach. Parking can also be found on Neptune Ave or on the East side of Hwy 101 near the train tracks for a short 3 minute walk
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?2019-03-30T07:56:37+00:00

Beacons Beach between Memorial and labor day. The address is 948 Neptune Avenue. Lessons are done at many other locations during other times of the year

:: SURF LESSON CHECKLIST ::

  • BOOK YOUR SESSION

  • SIGN THE WAIVER

  • PAY YOUR DEPOSIT

  • CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS

  • BRING SUNSCREEN, WATER, AND A TOWEL

  • HAVE FUN!!!!

REMEMBER THAT A WAIVER
IS REQUIRED BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER

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