Accredited Surf School
At Ericeira Surf Camp our main goal is to teach safe surf classes using only the best gear and offer fun, dynamic lessons that focus on students’ progress. Our instructors are accredited by the Portuguese Federation of Surf and the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth and Life Guard / First Aid certified.
We know that surfing is the most important part of surf camp, therefore we offer high quality instruction and guiding and we seek optimal surfing conditions each day around Ericeira.
- We offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons, surf guiding and surf trips daily.
- Time and location depend on tides and weather conditions.
- Beach transfers, board, wetsuit, and insurance are included in all lessons.
- Each surf lesson is about 2hrs long, split in brief theory, quick warm up, dynamic practice time (minimum 10 waves guaranteed!!!) and feedback post class.
Lessons are in Portuguese or English. We strive to keep a 4:1 students per instructor ratio with groups never larger than 5 people.
(Note: We recommend that all our students be able to swim. In the case that you don’t, please inform us ahead and we’ll give you a helping hand.)
"The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun" - Phil Edwards
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Beginner - Learn How to Surf
This level was designed with the beginner in mind - we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing before or on their own and would like some help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching your first waves!
Participants will learn about surf breaks, ocean conditions, safety in and out of the water, wave etiquette, paddling, push up and pop up techniques, as well as riding waves and balancing. All students will start out in shallow areas riding the white-water until they are comfortable with venturing further out.
You are welcome to join us for just one day or two although we highly recommend to the beginner surfer with a true desire to learn to stay with us for 5-7 days so that s/he can evolve rapidly.
"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." - Leo Tolstoy
Intermediate - RIDING THE WAVE
Intermediate lessons are for the "experienced beginner" surfer looking for the support and coaching to take surfing to the next level. You will receive the advanced instruction needed to paddle out and begin catching waves at the peak and in the line-up.
The day begins with a surf spot selection, as we examine the location and discuss exactly how to move into the line-up safely and with proper etiquette. Once out in the water, our experienced instructors will teach you how to efficiently paddle out through the breaking waves. They will also help you get in the proper position and catch your own green waves.
This level covers techniques in riding the face of the wave, turning, riding down the line, learning how to read a tide chart and how it affects the waves. In addition, we will discuss types of surfboards and how to pick the right surfboard for your level and surf location.
"Catch a wave and you're sitting on top of the world." - Beach Boys
Advanced - From Riding to Ripping
The advanced program is intended for surfers who are able to catch green waves on their own and have full control of the board. With Advanced Surfing Lessons you will get the true surf experience in a small group with one of our head instructors. Before you take Advanced Surfing Lessons, it is recommended that you have been surfing consistently on your own for at least 6-12 months.
The day begins by checking a few local breaks. Surf spot selection is taught by our head instructors, taking into account swell models, tides, weather conditions, topography, and personal observations.
Once out in the water our instructors will help you "tackle the line-up" and catch waves in any situation. Your surfing will progress from "riding to ripping" as we delve into key surfing maneuvers such as bottom-turn, top-turn, and cutback. With personal instruction and the opportunity to surf top spots with expert local surfers, this is an experience you won't find anywhere else!