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Beginner Surf Lessons

Course Details

Who is suitable for surf lessons for beginners?

Our surf lessons for beginners are suitable for anyone who wants to learn to surf from scratch or refresh their surfing skills.

You don’t have to be a great athlete — you want to spend time on the beach and in the ocean with us and have fun!

Surf lessons for beginners don’t require any experience. The minimum requirement is to be able to swim about 50 meters unassisted.

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What will I learn?

After warming up together, we divide our students into small groups by level with different goals. Surf courses for beginners are divided into 2 sublevels:

  • Level 1: First time — no experience at all: The aim at this level is to safely learn how to paddle onto a wave, stand up and surf it
  • Level 2: Board control and basic steering: The aim at this level is to learn how to steer left and right and to control your speed
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How quickly will I learn?

Everyone learns to surf at a different pace — it depends on individual ability and fitness. Whatever your ability, you’ll have a great time learning with us!

One thing you can be sure of is that the longer you stay with us, the higher level of surfing you will achieve. Most of our guests keep coming back to us repeatedly. Join us and become a member of our great surf family.

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Why do I need surf lessons?

Surfing is much more than you think! When you learn with a qualified instructor, you can do the right things in a safe environment right from the start. Why not take a five or 10-day course to progress faster? Life is too short, if you want it, do it!

You only need to decide on your accommodation. The most convenient choice is to stay with us in one of our surf houses, within walking distance of the surf school and the beach. Our holiday flats are also convenient. Alternatively, you can stay in a hotel in one of the tourist towns, and we will pick you up daily for lessons. It takes about half an hour to get to us from the tourist towns.

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Is it safe?

Your safety is important to us — the lessons start with a dynamic, yoga-inspired warm-up on the beach to get you ready for surfing.

Our beginner courses take place in safe, waist-deep water and our qualified instructors are always by your side. We keep our groups small so that your surf instructor can always stay by your side.

As part of a safety briefing, we will explain how to move safely in the water and how to behave while surfing.

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Our Surf Instructors

All our surf instructors are skilled and professional, certified by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS).

We keep our groups small, always working to a maximum of eight students per instructor, in keeping with the recommendation of the ISA. Meet our team here.

Equipment for Beginner Surf Lessons

Surfboards: In our beginner lessons, we use soft surfboards with soft fins to prevent injury. We also use extra-long leashes, so the board doesn’t drag you when you fall off, and you have extra time to protect your body.

Wetsuits: Your body will be protected (from the sea, the board, and the sun!) with one of our high-quality wetsuits from top brands including Rip Curl, Quiksilver and Roxy.

The sun here in Lanzarote is strong, therefore we recommend applying high-factor water-resistant sunscreen to the exposed parts of your skin. Sunscreen is available in our surf shop if you forget to bring your own.

Beginner Surf Lesson Schedule


Meet at our surf school in Famara. You will be fitted with a wetsuit and board, then a short ride to the day’s spot on the beach.

10:30h – 11:00h

Joint warm-up. You will then be split into small groups depending on your experience and surfing level.

11:00h – 12:30h

Theory and exercises for your surfing level, on land and water. Your instructor will always be by your side.

12:30h – 12:45h

Short break. We’ll stay on the beach. Don’t forget to bring water with you. You can also bring a light snack if you wish.

12:45h – 14:00h

The beginning of the second part of the surf lesson. This time, your surf session will be videoed for later review at the surf school.

14:15h – 14:45h

Return to the surf school in Famara for the video analysis of the completed lesson, and final feedback.

What you need to bring to the lesson

  • You need to bring your swimwear, flip-flops, sunscreen, water, and a towel
  • Please arrive for lessons with your swimming clothes on and sun cream applied. Preparing for the lesson can be very time-consuming if everyone has to take turns in the washroom.
  • You are ensured during the lesson. If you need to carry any medication, please take it to the beach and let your surf instructor know how to handle it in an emergency.

Hotel transfer

Free hotel transfer can be arranged if you’re not staying with us in Famara. Contact us to arrange the details. Available for 4-hour surf lessons only.

The short option: 2-hour surf lessons

The two-hour lesson starts at 10 am at the surf school and finishes at 12.30 pm on the beach. You will have to make your way back. The journey to the village will take about a 5-10 minute walk along the beach. Video analysis and concluding feedback are only included in the 4-hour lessons.

The schedule of the lessons is subject to change due to tides

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive detailed information. We strongly recommend that you add yourself to our WhatsApp group for lessons. You won’t be pestered with messages, at most once a day, to let you know the start of the lesson the next day if the schedule changes. If there are no messages, everything is on track as stated in the initial confirmation.

How To Find Us

Red Star Surf School — on the main road of Caleta de Famara

You’ll find us opposite the bar El Chiringuito and supermarket Otilia.

Our exact address is:

Avenida el Marinero 9, 35558 Caleta de Famara

Opening hours: 9 am to 8 pm (9 am to 7 pm from December to March)

If you have any questions, please check our FAQs, and if you don’t find what you are looking for, please feel free to call us at +34 928 528 808, or send us a message via our contact form.

red star surf and kite shop in Famara