SOME QUICK QUESTIONS
WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY OF SURF LESSONS AT SWELL ?
Please check the slider above on this webpage; it gives a breakdown of a typical learn how to surf with Swell day, including all relevant timings. There are additional surf theory lessons given during the week, along with paddle-practise in our swimming pool at the surf camp.
In order to help you with flight timings, you will not be surfing on your day of arrival, but you should be able to fit in a lesson or a practice on your day of departure as the majority of flights into Puerto Plata arrive and depart in the afternoon.
WHAT MAKES SWELL DIFFERENT?
When we started to make plans for Swell Surf & Yoga retreat, we had 1 goal in mind: to create the best luxury surf camp / surf retreat experience in the world!
We are one of the only places in the world that was purposely designed from scratch by an internationally known architect to be a surf & Yoga Retreat. Unlike most other surf camps and retreats around the world that have converted an old rental house into a surf camp, this is not the case at Swell!
When it comes to food, we love good tasty organic food ourselves, so that is what we serve our clients
Learn to Surf lessons? From ISA qualified surf instructors that can teach in a structured manner and that have a passion for learning people how to surf
Most surf instructors have a passion for surfing, that’s not good enough: we require our surf instructors to have a passion for teaching people how to surf
The Swell Promise:
We aim to be the best Adult Surf Camp / Surf & Yoga retreat
To do so we:
- Provide high quality how to surf courses.
- Provide our guests with super comfortable rooms.
- Serve tasty home cooked meals.
- Have friendly and knowledgable staff.
- Create a friendly, social and welcoming environment.
About Swell :
After living in the Dominican Republic for 8 years and loving the great outdoor watersport lifestyle, Jeroen (from the Netherlands) and Clare (for the UK) decided it was time to share their knowledge of the Dominican Republic all that this stunning country has to offer with visitors from around the world.
Clare and Jeroen were already familiar with surf coaching retreats, resort and adult surf camps in many different countries and have had to stay in some very ordinary surf travel accommodation in their quest for great surfing waves, they knew that there was something missing in the market of surf camps; a place which was still social, but offering better quality accommodation, great food, nicer beds, cleaner rooms: A stylish, luxury surf retreat with surf lessons and surf coaching. They set about designing the kind of place they would want to stay in themselves: a luxury surf camp.
THE WORLD’S FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT LUXURY SURF CAMP!
So they hired a renowned Swiss architect for one purpose: to come up with the world’s first purpose-built, luxury surf coaching retreat/ resort.
Since opening in the winter 2009/2010 Swell surf instructors have taught 1000’s of people how to surf in a safe, fun and structured manner. Since its opening, Swell has won multiple awards and has 100’s of excellent reviews from happy guests. Swell continues to be one of the top surfing destinations for couples, groups and solo travellers to go to as the #1 luxury surf camp holiday.
It’s not just surfing on offer at Swell; You can learn to kitesurf, learn wingfoiling, take yoga classes, go horse riding on the beach or in the mountains and enjoy some truly spectacular outdoor adventure trips like canyoning for example.
Swell offers package surf holidays that take all the hassle out of the planning, with airport transfers, transport to the beach and much more, so all Swell guests can enjoy a stress-free luxury surf experience. You just have to book your flights, and they will take care of the rest!
With great food being such an important part of anyone’s surf vacation, Swell delivers there too; with superb home-cooked food at the camp and on the evenings when guests go out to dinner, a large choice of restaurants offering a comprehensive choice of dining are all within a few minutes walk.
HOW DO I BOOK A HOLIDAY WITH YOU?
Booking a surf trip with Swell is easy:
Check out the various pages on our website, we have a lot of information about what we offer, that way you know exactly what you can expect when you book a trip with us.
We want happy clients at Swell.
We try to be as honest and transparent about what we offer. We do not make promises we cannot keep because we know how important your next holiday is for you. If anything is not clear on our website, do send us an email so we can help you make the right decision.
We hope we can welcome you in our place!
Jeroen & Clare (owners Swell Surf Camp)
- Check the different packages that we offer on the pricing page to get an idea if what we offer suits your needs and budget.
- Send us a quick message with your dates and we get back to you in a few hours to tell you if we have space in that particular week for you (or suggest alternative dates). We will also send you a price quote with exact details on what is and isn’t included in our surf holiday packages.
- To reserve your stay at Swell we require a deposit so we can confirm your stay. Payment is done via 128-bit secured external credit card processor (alternative payment options are available).
Once payment is made, you send us your arrival details so we can make sure we have our taxi pick you up from the airport for a hassle free start of your surfing vacation.
If you have any questions, we are here to answer those for you; we want to make sure that you are booking the right surf holiday (even if that means you not staying with us).
When you send us an email we get back to you very quickly (that’s a promise).
Swell does not work with any travel agents, or external sites for our bookings
I HAVE NEVER SURFED BEFORE, IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME?
Yes! We set up our learn to surf program to be a perfect match for complete beginners who have never surfed before to intermediate surfers who have had some surf lessons before but need surf coaching to learn more advanced surfing techniques.
What about age? Am I too old?
We get a lot of these questions in via email:
I want to learn to surf at 40
I want to learn how to surf at 50 or even 60+ etc.
The answer is: Yes if you can swim and are mobile we can get you up and riding on a wave in our 5-day-learn-to-surf course. Don’t let your age hold you back!
Our local surf beach has one of the best learn to surf conditions in the whole of the Caribbean.
CAN I COMBINE SURFING & KITESURFING?
If ‘just’ learning to surf or ‘just’ learning to kitesurf is not enough, and you want the ultimate watersport action holiday, then yes you can combine our learn to surf holiday with kitesurfing or the new sport of Wing surfing.
The surfing is mostly done before mid-day, then at around 13.00 to 14.00 the trade winds kick in for ideal kite and wing surfing.
Just ask us about the packages that we offer that combine different sports, surf in the morning, wind sports in the afternoon and you will surely sleep well and satisfied in the evening.