Our Goal

Our goal at SCSS is to make sure you’re having fun while we’re teaching you how to ride waves – with a focus on ocean safety and surf etiquette. We teach just a short walk from our location for an easy and convenient way to experience surfing. AND, Parking is free!

We offer group, private and corporate lessons for all ages and skill levels. By request, our group lessons can be female-only classes, so girls learn with a group of girls, guys with guys, etc. This helps to promote a comfortable environment free from competition. Plus, if you have a group of 3 or more, we offer private group lessons at no extra charge– so you or your kids can learn together with a group of friends. Then, when the class is over, you can stay out and use our equipment until you get tired… surfed out.

The surfing portion of all our lessons is taught in the water at Cowell’s. This is one of the best spots in all of California for learning how to surf. The waves here are very gentle and can peel for a long distance. You are rarely in water over 4 feet deep, so if you need to take a break, you can get off your board and rest on your feet.

A beginning group class will start with instruction in the private garden at our nearby office location, and then move to the water.

In the first surf lesson you will learn about:

  • rules and etiquette
  • ocean safety and awareness
  • types of waves and different conditions
  • controlling your surfboard

In learning how to control your surfboard, we’ll teach you techniques for standing up, handling your board around the waves, and turning it while riding the waves. Also, we’ll help you catch waves and move around until you are able to do so on your own. Learning how to surf is a challenging task, so we do our best to make sure you catch your waves safely, and have plenty of opportunities to stand up and ride waves during your first lesson.

Follow up classes

In follow-up lessons we work more on wave asessment, timing and form. These are important techniques that you need to learn about in order to ensure you will be able to catch waves safely on your own. As you continue to take lessons and progress we will teach you about specific surfing maneuvers such as the bottom turn, the cutback, cross-stepping and duck-diving.

Your Surfboard

We exclusively use Safer Surfboards performance soft surfboards. Safer Surfboards are the best beginner board around, combining the safety and durability of a soft board with the fun of a variety of shapes and sizes. Boards designed and manufactured under the personal supervision of surf school President, Dylan GreinerSafer Surfboards are the ideal first board for any surfer looking to have a fun, unique and safe aquaitc experience. We have new and used models available for rent and purchase at our shop.

All Classes Meet At:

SANTA CRUZ SURF SCHOOL
131 Center St #1, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Registration

Register on the Class Schedule page of our website. After you register, you should recieve a registration confirmation e-mail, keep this with your records. The EVENING BEFORE your SCHEDULED LESSON, you will recieve a CLASS CONFIRMATION E-MAIL containing very important information and details about your next days surfing lesson. You will need to then respond to that e-mail with any questions, or call me at (831) 345-8875 to confirm your lesson.

Registration Is Free!!!

We only accept Cash or Check at the time of the lesson. Please notify us of any cancellations at least the evening before your lesson.

JUST SIGN UP ONLINE AND WE’LL CONTACT YOU by e-mail THE EVENING BEFORE YOUR LESSON TO GO OVER ALL OF THE DETAILS.

RESERVING A HOTEL ROOM OR RENTAL HOUSE IN SANTA CRUZ?   CALL DYLAN FOR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BEST PLACES TO STAY  (and not stay) IN SANTA CRUZ.

Steps for registration:
1- Go to the Class Calendar
2- Click on the date and class time you want to sign up for and complete the online form.
3- Check the tide height for that date. The lower the tide, the better. If the number in perenthesis is below (1.5ft) than you are guaranteed good conditions
4- After you fill out the registration form, you are in the class (be sure to leave us your cell#, no home #’s)
5- You will be recieving a confirmation email or call from us the evening before your class. You can always reach us at (831) 345-8875

We’ll teach you how the tides affect the waves in your surf lesson.

We have 4/3mm wetsuits, 3mm booties, thermal guards, and for the extra cold days, 3mm gloves for your hands so you’ll be covered from head to toe, and all equipment is included to use during the lesson.

If you still have questions, you can reach me on my cell phone @ (831) 345-8875. Get ready to learn to surf! – DYLAN G.

Release Forms

Be sure to click on the link below to print and sign your RELEASE FORMS before you attand the lesson. If not, we have them for you at the shop as well.

Click here to Download Release Forms

Please print out the forms, initial each paragraph on the first two pages, sign and date all three pages. Bring the signed forms with you to your surf lesson.

Thank you.

Dylan Greiner / Santa Cruz Surf School
131 Center Street, #1
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
(831) 345-8875
info@santacruzsurfschool.com

 

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