Surfing in the Caribbean

For surfers of all levels.

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Surf lessons

Lessons

Learn to surf with us

LEARN TO SURF HOLIDAY


Surfing is a great watersport and when you are in the hands of true surf professionals, a very accessible sport for people of all ages. The Dominican Republic has some of the best surfing beaches of the Caribbean and caters for surfers of all levels, from perfect beginner beaches to offshore reefs for the expert surfers.

The water and air temperatures are warm year round, so leave your wetsuits at home.
At Swell surf camp, our surf  lessons are given in groups in a structured manner, using properly I.S.A. qualified surf coaches; This means that Swell’s surf coaches have all completed specific training in teaching techniques, including Practical and Theory Lessons, Life Guard training and CPR/Basic First Aid, which are all part of the I.S.A. qualification. As a result, you could not be in safer hands.

Qualified surf instructors
Having qualified surf instructors means that you will receive good lessons from surf coaches who have themselves been taught how to communicate their methods and advice.

Surf theory lessons
Learning how waves are formed and how to spot the best place to sit, are just two of the topics covered in these lessons.  With a week-long stay, our beginner surf lessons consist of 5 surf lessons, followed by supervised surfboard rental.

Beginner or intermediate?
Unless you have been surfing consistently for some months or even years, you are still a novice surfer: Having attended surf camps before does not make you an intermediate surfer, and as you will be surfing in a new spot, having lessons and being under the care of our coaches is a good idea.

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Details

Details

A typical day of surfing with Swell

6.45

Wake up and get ready to go to the beach

7.00

Transport to the surf beach

7.15

Start of your morning surf lesson

9.15

End of the surf lessons and back to Swell

9.30

Yummy home cooked breakfast at Swell

10.45

Back to the surf beach for more surfing

13.00

End of the surfing and back to Swell with our transport

13.00 >>

Relax, Chill, take and excursion, have a nap

*The above is a typical day, however we are dependent on the weather and waves conditions, so timing might vary at times, but we like to stick to this schedule as much as we can to get the most out of the surf conditions.

Waves

The Surf Spot Playa Encuentro

Consistent waves for surfers of all levels.


For Existing Surfers

Looking for a really comfortable and social place to stay?

Swell is also the perfect base for surfers looking to get the most out of their surf holiday in the Dominican Republic.  There’s no need for car rental; we take care of  the transport.  There’s no need to bring your board; we have an extensive rental quiver.

Surf Transport

Swell provides twice daily surf transport to the most consistent surf beach in the Caribbean. It’s a 10 minute drive and we are pretty much always the first ones at the beach in the mornings. We leave at 7 am to get the best conditions: glassy or offshore winds with the least amount of other surfers in the water.

Playa Encuentro: consistent waves year round!
Encuentro is our local surf spot, and it’s a 10 minute drive west of Cabarete.  Warm water year-round; no need for wet-suits.  The beach side is undeveloped, which means no high rise condos or McDonalds signs.
There are 2 things that make Playa Encuentro such great choice; it’s very consistent with around 350 surfable days per year.  The other thing that is so good about Encuentro is that the spot caters for surfers of all levels with several different & distinct peaks to choose from.

Beginners can always safely catch the waves at Bobo’s, where the water depth is about chest deep.

Advance and expert surfers; read on……..

 

The Surf Spots of Encuentro

For advanced and expert surfers there are several different peaks to choose from.

“The left”: This is great left-hander, peels for a good distance, expect some barrel time.

“Main Peak” : Both left and right-hand waves: the right is a good length of ride, the left is a bit shorter.  The right is a mellow wave which allows for nice carving turns on open faces.  These waves are very good high performance shortboard waves, but also very good for long-boarders, or if you favor a fish.

“Bobos”: The inside is a safe place for the beginners (that’s where Swell surf lessons are given).  The outside has fun left and right waves for high performance surfing.

“Coco Pipe”: A very good wave for advanced to expert surfers. Left and right-handres, although the right is preferred since it’s longer and holds up better with nice tube sections.

Surfboards at Swell
We have an ever-expanding list of surfboards available to rent exclusively for Swell clients. From small floaty fish boards to 9 foot longboards.
Have a look at this page for a list of surfboards ( opens in new window).

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Seasons

Seasons

When to go

surf1
  • JAN – FEB – MAR
  • Average temp.
  • Air Temp 23°C (73°F)
  • Water Temp 26°C (79°F)
  • BEGINNER WAVES
  • INTERMEDIATE WAVES
  • EXPERT WAVES
  • High season in Cabarete. Great for learning to surf and for expert surfers looking to get overhead waves.
surf2
  • APR – MAY -JUN
  • Average temp.
  • Air Temp 24°C (75°F)
  • Water Temp 27°C (81°F)
  • BEGINNER WAVES
  • INTERMEDIATE WAVES
  • EXPERT WAVES
  • Good time to be on the North Coast. Great for learning to surf and for intermediate surfers to improve their surfing. Not many overheads+ days for waves anymore.
surf3
  • JUL – AUG – SEP
  • Average temp.
  • Air Temp 27°C (81°F)
  • Water Temp 29°C (84°F)
  • BEGINNER WAVES
  • INTERMEDIATE WAVES
  • EXPERT WAVES
  • Great time for beginner and intermediate surfers on the North coast of the DR, generally mellow and fun waves
surf4
  • OCT – NOV – DEC
  • Average temp.
  • Air Temp 25°C (77°F)
  • Water Temp 28°C (82°F)
  • BEGINNER WAVES
  • Great waves for first time surfers, learning safely on the inside ( closer to the beach)
  • INTERMEDIATE WAVES
  • Great waves for first time surfers, learning safely on the inside ( closer to the beach)
  • EXPERT WAVES
  • Great waves for first time surfers, learning safely on the inside ( closer to the beach)
  • Good for learning to surf, can be a bit hit or miss for intermediate and expert surfers

The above should be used as a general guideline, based on our experience of living here for 10+ years.

FAQ

FAQ

See if your question is answerd

Below we have complied a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Maybe your question is answered. If not send Clare a message.

I HAVE NEVER SURFED BEFORE, IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME?

HOW BIG ARE THE LESSON GROUPS?

I’M STAYING SOMEWHERE ELSE, CAN I STILL BOOK SURFING LESSONS WITH SWELL?

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR MY SURF COURSE?

WHAT ARE THE WAVES LIKE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

WHEN ARE THE BEST WAVES FOR ME IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

CAN I COMBINE SURFING AND KITESURFING ON MY TRIP?