What equipment is provided?
We provide: wetsuits, neoprene boots, hoods + gloves for winter months, surfboards. Tofino Surf School uses 9' surfboards that are soft on the top and bottom. The surfboards have flexible, soft fins on the bottom.
Am I going to be cold?
People are always surprised after the lesson how warm they were! Tofino Surf School has winter wetsuits and summer wetsuits. Our winter wetsuits are 5mm thick and our summer wetsuits are 4mm thick.
I'm not a strong swimmer (or I don't know how to swim)…?
Beginners learn to surf in waist high to chest deep water. Wetsuits are very buoyant. When surfing you wear a "leash" that attaches to the surfboard which means you are attached to a flotation device at all times. Our instructors have their Bronze Cross and Bronze Medallions through the LifeSaving Society of Canada*, which encompasses first aid training. Tofino Surf School prides itself on our small group sizes, which means increased safety on every lesson.
* We make sure that any instructors not from Canada have an equivalent level of First Aid training.
What should I bring?
Students should wear a swimsuit (underneath their clothes when they arrive at the office) to be worn underneath their wetsuit. Tofino Surf School has one washroom and if each student needs to change it can make the lesson late. Students should also bring a towel.
Males will need to wear a Speedo type swimsuit or brief style underwear or cycling shorts. Boxers/ swim trunks can be too baggy to be worn underneath the wetsuit.
A water bottle and small snack (apple, granola bar, etc.) is a good idea. A waterproof camera is an okay idea. Students should make sure they have some type of flotation device attached to the camera. Students will have their hands full (surf, surfboard) in the water, but during breaks on the beach is a good time to take photos. Our instructors would be happy to take some photos of the students using the student's camera.
Surf students less than 18 years old need an adult to sign the waiver. OR we will e-mail a waiver for minors to print out at home and bring to the office. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a waiver in advance.
Valuables should be left at your accommodation. Tofino Surf School is not responsible for any client valuables left in the surf school vehicle during lessons.
Getting to our office
Getting to the Tofino Surf School office? Check out our contact page.