Kids Surfing Lessons

Children and nature go hand in hand, especially when it comes to diving into a new adventure. That’s why learning how to surf is so much fun for kids. Our kids surfing lessons open them up to a new sport in a fun, safe, and enchanting environment.

Please note that all kids surfing lessons are included in the cost of TMR’s Surf and Family Retreat—but you always have the option to tack on more sessions for an additional fee. Looking to join us on our next family-friendly retreat? We’ve even got one we know the whole gang will love where your child can enjoy daily surf lessons, kids yoga, family hikes, Spanish lessons, and more! For more on our unique surf vacations, refer to our upcoming offerings:

If you are not attending a TMR retreat but are interested in our kids surfing lessons, contact us about availability.

What We Cover in Kids Surfing Lessons

Although we are big on fun, we are also HUGE on safety. That’s because we understand the importance of teaching kids to make safe decisions on and off the water—especially when learning something as thrilling as surfing. Our hope with TMR’s Surf and Family Retreat is that we inspire your child to appreciate, respect, and enjoy the ocean. In doing so, our kids surfing lessons cover:

  • Ocean and swimming safety
  • Surfboard positioning and balance
  • Riding the whitewater (ideal for ages 6 and younger)
  • Paddling

All lessons start on dry land until the children master their standing positions on their surfboards. Then we take to the water to work on their balance. Follow-up lessons for children older than 6 cover key aspects of surfing such as dropping in on unbroken waves and wave theory.

Appropriate Ages for TMR Kids Surfing Lessons

At Tico Mae Retreats, we believe you’re never too young (or old!) to learn how to surf. In fact, the minimum age for our surfing lessons is 8 months old! However, the typical age range for our Surf and Family Retreat is 4 to 14 years old. Additional requirements include:

  • Having no major injuries or health conditions.
  • Being open to playing in the ocean.
  • Feeling comfortable in the water without parents.
  • A completed a liability waiver.
  • A completed parental consent form.

We also ask that parents bring their little ones to their surfing lesson dressed in a swimsuit or board shorts with waterproof sport sunscreen already applied. Please also pack them a bottle of water and hat. We will provide a rash guard and snacks (tropical fruit!). Parents need not be present for the entire lesson, but should be nearby and accessible in case children get tired or begin crying. (This could be your opportunity to catch a few waves or moments of relaxation of your very own!)

Included in Kids Surfing Lessons

The kids surfing lessons with the certified surfing instructors of Tico Mae Retreats include:

  • Professional surf instruction
  • 2 hours of free surfboard rental
  • Rash guard rental
  • T-shirt (yours to keep!)
  • Healthy snacks such as tropical fruit

Best Lesson Time for Young Surfers

For young surfers, mid-tide is an easier time for learning and catching the most waves. Why? More space between waves and less undercurrents.

Pricing and Package Deals for Kids Surfing Lessons

Tico Mae Retreats offers a variety of intermediate-surfer pricing options and package deals to suit your schedule and budget. The cost includes the use of our surfboards and rash guards, but you may also bring your own.

  • Surf and Family Retreat*
    All Inclusive
  • $3000+
  • Duration = 1 Week
  • Board Rental = Unlimited
  • Kids Private Lesson
    One-on-One Instruction
  • $25
  • Duration = 1 Hour
  • Board Rental = 2 Hours
  • Kids Group Lesson
    Maximum 10 Surfers
  • $15
  • Duration = 1 Hour
  • Board Rental = 2 Hours

*Looking to immerse your kids in a new culture while they pick up a new sport? TMR’s Surf and Family Retreat is an all-levels, all-inclusive surf vacation geared toward adventure seekers of all ages. Package price varies by family size:

  • Families of 2—$3,000
  • Families of 3—$4,000
  • Families of 4—$5,000
  • Families of 5+—Please inquire

Tico Mae Retreats also offers surfing lessons in Costa Rica for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers as well as yoga on the beach. Led by Wendy De Rosa, TMR yoga perfectly complements a day on the water. Please inquire for private and group yoga rates.