We have broken down surfing “levels” into 3 easy to understand categories (there are more “levels” but for what we are teaching, these are sufficient).
We do ask guests to inform us of their current level in advance, but we also assess all of our guests during their first session to verify what level they are on and how we should proceed instructing them for the rest of their trip. Here are the levels:
We’ll start from the basics and teach you how the surfboard works, proper paddling technique, placement on the surfboard and introduce you to the basics of “pop-up” technique, water safety / ocean awareness, the “Turtle Roll”, surf stance (Goofy or Regular foot), white water rides.
We’ll teach you the terminology like: impact zone, the line up, take of zone, backside, front side and together we’ll paddle out to the outside.
You’ll learn to catch open faced waves on your own, “bottom turn” and “trim” on an open faced wave, or “grab your rail” while trimming on open faced wave.
You can read the waves and locate good catch-able waves on your own, can bottom turn and do “S” turns on the open face, can perform “cutbacks.”
Now can perform cutbacks and off the lip maneuvers. Can tube ride both front side and back side
Safari Surf School provides top-level surf equipment with sustainability in mind for its guests to use. We stock one of the highest end brand names around...the infamous Firewire!
We have all sizes and shapes from longboards to short boards, “fishes” and everything in between. All of our boards are waxed with all natural, non-toxic, biodegradable surf wax from Sticky Bumps, and recycled surfboard leashes from WaveTribe are used to keep you in touch with your board!
All guests are provided a lycra rash guard for their surf lessons to keep the sun off, the rash off, and our instructors can keep a good eye on you. Safari's older boards are rotated out of our selection yearly, donated to the local community, and replaced with new ones. We donate the old boards to local schools and young kids just starting to surf.ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY
We know one of your main reasons for visiting us is to learn how to surf, or improve your skills. Not only do we teach you how to surf; we also teach you ocean awareness, basic pre-surf stretching exercises and, most importantly, safety.
All of your equipment will be supplied unless you prefer to bring your own. There are two 1,5 hour surf lessons each day, one at approximately 7:30am and the afternoon lesson will be at approximately 3pm.
Please note that lesson times may vary depending on wind and tide conditions. Safari Surf School employs a maximum 3 students to 1 instructor ratio (with the exception of large yoga retreats and corporate groups).
WALK-IN LESSONS are available for booking at our Olas Verdes office — come on in!
Safari Surf School not only employs all ISA (International Surfing Association) accredited surf instructors; they are all also RLSS certified lifeguards as well. We also employ state of the art tools and techniques to help expedite your learning curve.
We use video review 2 times weekly .This allows us to critique your mechanics when popping up and paddling, and your overall placement on the board.
With video shot from the beach, this will allow our instructors to get a detailed view of what you are doing correctly, and what techniques still need some work. We have all the angles covered!
Safari Surf has been teaching the art of surfing since 1999 and many of our more than 15,000 guests have been families with children who visit us to learn how to surf, to enjoy Costa Rica, and to have a fun, relaxing family vacation.
Many of the parents let us know their children had such an amazing time visiting Costa Rica with us and learning from our instructors that we decided to create a kid's camp!
Examples of activities on the beach:
- Surf lesson (of course!)
- Beach Soccer
- Sand Castle Contest
- Tide Pool excursion
- Beach Volleyball
- Hunting for crabs and “clamming”
- Beach excursion to find natural art items
- River or beach fishing (advance notice needed)
- Spanish immersion/li>
Not only are we teaching the kids how to surf, but we are immersing them in multiple cultures as well…the surf culture and the Costa Rican culture too! It’s the perfect option for families because it allows parents to have some “quality time” together while their kids are enjoying the surf, beach, and fun activities with Safari Surf instructors!
Example of acttivities at the Olas Verdes facility:
- Art projects with beach items
- Surf videos
- Board games
- Swimming pool
- Spanish immersion
- Snacks and / or lunch