Pacific Beach Surf Lessons


Surfing Lessons in Pacific Beach San Diego


With Surfing Lessons in Pacific Beach at Pacific Surf School, you’ll easily learn how to surf on the world-famous beach in Pacific Beach, San Diego, California. Our professional instructors will teach you how to read surf conditions, safety tips, and most importantly surf etiquette. Pacific Surf School offers lessons for all skill levels and ages, fun is Guaranteed! You’ll be standing on a board in no time. We also offer lessons in other locations amongst SoCal such as: Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Huntington Beach, Pismo Beach, Santa Monica & La Jolla. Lessons are offered 7 days a week, year round, with four different sessions per day. Our easy booking system is a breeze to book your lessons online. If you or a family member isn’t keen on surfing, no worries, we got you. We offer rentals, surf camps, skate camps and boogie board camps just for the kids.


Our premiere location in Pacific Beach is close to all main attractions such as restaurants, shopping as well as cafes. You can even take in the sights by bike or walking the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk. A fan favorite, is the Crystal Pier and Belmont Park. If you are feeling hungry here in Pacific Beach don’t worry, there are more options than you can count: some local favorites are the famous fish tacos from Oscars, local handmade pizza from Boardwalk Pizza and even craft beer from Amplified Beer Garden.

Surrounded by the famous Wayfarer San Diego Hotel and Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, two of the best hotels in Pacific Beach.

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ALL EQUIPMENT INCLUDED: Surfboard, Wetsuit, UV Protection, Rash Guard and Leash.


Sun Block, Towel, Water, and Great Enthusiasm.


Professional Certified Surf Instructor; CPR and Lifeguard Certified.

1 Lesson - 90 min + All Equipment Included

Perfect for the first time surfer or experienced surfer looking to take their surfing to the next level. During this 90 minutes one-on-one personalized surf session you will learn to surf in no time with your own professional WSS & Lifeguard Certified Instructor.

1 Lesson - 90 min + All Equipment Included

During this 90 minute personalized surf session you will learn to surf in no time with your own professional Water Safety Specialist & CPR Certified Instructor. This lesson is perfect for two or three individuals that want to have a great surfing experience.

1 Lesson - 90 min + All Equipment Included

No experience necessary, this is the perfect package to take your surf beyond the basic level. Each lesson is tailored to your specific level guiding you each time to become a more improved surfer.
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The atmosphere here is informal but yet, full of energy and fun things to do. Basically, it is the perfect scenario if you are asking yourself where to learn to surf in San Diego. PB, short for Pacific Beach, is a neighborhood full of everything. Great beaches, all flavors restaurants, a lot of shops and definitely, a lot of people strolling around.

To explore, biking is one of the best and pleasant ways to see the neighborhood. Bike rental shops are all over the place. Garnet Avenue is where all the fun stuff is. Tons of food, drinks, clothes and surf shops on every block. Two very recommended spots to kill some cravings after your private surf lessons are the Pacific Beach Fish Shop – for a fresh caught of the day any style you want and less than half mile away you can make your own custom ice cream sandwich at Baked Bear.


star rating  Great even for a more experienced surfer! - Highly recommend Pacific Surf School! They're one of the very few places that offer more than just beginner lessons. I took four solo lessons on the "outside" with Jack, and... Read More

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August 15, 2023

star rating  Semi Private Surf lessons - I went with my mom and twin sister for a semi-private surf lesson and it was the best!! Our instructor Paul Gilmore was amazing! He taught us everything we needed... Read More

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star rating  Awesome group activity! - Will, Aidan and Jack were INCREDIBLE. We had a large group - 13 people, ranging in age from 10-50. These guys made sure each participant got individual attention with great... Read More

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Check out all the locations you can surf with us:
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Manhattan Beach

Santa Monica Beach

Venice Beach

Surf Lessons in San Diego
(Head Quarters)
Pacific Beach

Mission BEACH

Ocean Beach

La Jolla



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Waikiki – Oahu

Lahaina – Maui


Pacific Surf School offers an unmatched experience in surf lessons. We have taught over 200,000 students since 1997 and come with the assurance of a passionate and expert team of instructors that will guide you in a safe and fun environment. We guarantee that each student will catch a wave by the end of their lesson or the next one is free! Apart from technique and safety, we also instill the love for the ocean and surfing. When you choose us, you are choosing a way of life!

Booking surf lessons with Pacific Surf School is hassle-free and fully online. You can select the type and location of your surf lesson right on our website then make a booking. We offer surf lessons at several principal locations including Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, and La Jolla.

Our surf lesson lasts for 90 minutes, during which we will cover everything you need to know to start surfing. Our comprehensive lesson plan includes paddling techniques, understanding basic surfing equipment, ocean safety, surf etiquette, passing the break, popping up on a surfboard, and even riding your own wave! What’s more, all necessary equipment is included in your lesson, such as a surfboard, wetsuit, UV protection, a rash guard, and leash.

We understand people’s different needs and thus offer flexible options for surf lessons. You can sign up for a private surf lesson for one person if you prefer solitary learning. Alternatively, you can enjoy the camaraderie of learning in a group by joining our semi-private surf lessons for 2-4 people or group surf lessons for 5-6 people.

For your surf lesson, we recommend wearing a swimsuit under the provided wetsuit. You may also want to consider biodegradable sunscreen to protect your skin during the lesson. We will provide a UV protection rash guard for extra protection. Do not forget your thirst for adventure and a positive attitude!

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