Surf Lessons

Learn to surf with us

Perfect beginner conditions

Surfing is such a great watersport and when you are in the hands of true surf professionals learning to surf is accessible for people of all ages, so never think you're too old to learn surfing! The Dominican Republic has perfect beginner surf spots; water and air temperatures are warm year-round, so you can leave your wetsuit at home.

Swell Surf Camp
Swell Surf Camp Coaches

Our Coaches

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. As a result, you could not be in safer hands on your Caribbean surf trip

Beginner or Intermediate

Learning to surf vacation

We have taught 1000's of people the fun sport of surfing in a fun, safe and quick way. One question we get asked a lot is: "Am I too old to learn to surf?" The answer is: No, if you are healthy and can swim then we can teach you how to surf! We have taught lots of people to surf in their 50's and 60's on their surf holiday.

Qualified surf instructors

Qualified surf instructors

Our qualified ISA surf instructors and low student to coach ratio, ensures that you will receive great surf lessons from surf coaches who have themselves been taught how to correctly communicate their methods and advice. You could not be in better hands on your surf vacation

Surf theory lessons

Surf theory lessons

Learning how waves are formed, how to paddle correctly and spot the best place to sit, are just some of the topics covered in the learn to surf course. With a week-long stay, our learning to surf course consist of a theory surf lesson & 5 mornings of surf lessons, followed by supervised surfboard rental.


A typical day of surfing with Swell


* The above is a typical day, however we are always dependent on weather, tide and wave conditions so timings can be subject to change.



We specialise in learn how to surf vacations for beginners, but that doesn’t mean that it’s only beginners we cater for. Regarding intermediate surf coaching / lessons: What exactly is an intermediate surfer? Some people would consider themselves to be an intermediate surfer when they have done one or two surf camps before or had a few surf lessons. The truth is, you are NOT an intermediate surfer unless you have at least one year of regular surfing (that means surfing every week), can paddle strongly and independently into waves, can already make top and bottom turns and trim/carve the surfboard. If you don’t have that experience or these skills, we will still consider you a beginner or novice surfer and we can certainly still give you lessons at your level. If you are a genuine intermediate surfer with the skills mentioned above, we suggest that you take surfboard rental and get some tips and guidance from our surf coaches at no extra charge.


When we started to make plans for Swell, 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 internationaly known architect to be a surf camp. Unlike most other surf camps 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

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 surf camp

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.


We specialise in learning to surf vacations, so Swell has 2 or 3 full time surf coaches, depending on the season. Our surf retreat holds an absolute maximum of 20 guests, but as we often have so many solo travellers in the private rooms, we are only at capacity during the most popular Holidays (Christmas and New Year for example). Most weeks we have on average 10 guests staying, and not all are taking surf lessons. This means that during a typical learn to surf week, there will be around 6 to 8 guests in surf lessons with our surf coaches.


Unfortunatly no, we don’t: There are other surfing breaks in the DR, some of them are world-class on their day. However, we know from years of experience living and surfing here that you must be a very competent surfer already to safely surf those spots, as they are often a long paddle out against strong currents. Unlike Encuentro, those other surfing spots also require a certain swell height and direction to make them worth a visit. We can certainly offer advice and help to expert surfers on where to go and when, if you are staying with us.


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.


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, resorts and surf camps in many different countries and having had to stay in some very ordinary surf hotel accommodation in their quest for great surfing waves, they knew that there was something missing in the surf  market; 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 guiding. They set about designing the kind of place they would want to stay in themselves: a luxury adult 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 winter 2009/2010 Swell surf instructors have taught 1000’s of people how to surf in a safe, fun and structured manner. Since opening, Swell has won multiple awards and has 100’s of excellent reviews from happy guests. Swell continues to be one of the top destinations for couples, groups and solo travellers to go to as the #1 luxury surf holiday.

It’s not just surfing on offer at Swell; You can learn to kitesurf, 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 luxuru 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.


Sorry our surf lessons and services (transport, board rentals, local knowledge, good vibes & food) are exclusively for Swell guests.


Yes! We set up our learn how 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 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 surf course. Don’t let your age hold you back!


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)

  1. Check the different packages that we offer on the pricing page to get an idea if what we offer suits your needs and budget.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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  • Think of Swell as the anti-surf camp. There’s plenty of surfing, of course, but the similarities to other camps end there. For starters, the rooms are stylish — more boutique hotel than reggae-loving surfer digs. Then there are the legendary breakfasts (omelets, pancakes and crepes, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and fruit bowls). Structured surf lessons take place each morning, with an instructor alongside you and the head surf coach watching from shallow water, ready to offer learn to surf tips between riding waves.”

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  • “Surf, Relax And Stay in Comfort”

    We hope you will join us on a Surf & Yoga Holiday in the Caribbean.

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