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Group surf lesson - self-drive

Cape Town

Activity Description

Learn to surf at one of Cape Town’s pristine beaches with our experienced, qualified coaches. A 1.5-hour group surf lesson includes the use of a warm wetsuit, surfboard and guarantees 100% ‘stoke’. No previous experience is required as we guide you through the surfing basics using our unique ‘Stoked’ teaching techniques. This service is self-drive.

If you have previous surf experience and are wanting to brush up on your skills, please let us know upon booking so we can advise your coach and group you accordingly if possible.

If you are ‘stoked’ after an ‘Experience the Stoke’ lesson and want to upgrade to the ‘Uber-Stoked’ package, simply pay the price difference and we will count your first surf lesson as lesson 1 of 4.

Our headquarters are located in Camps Bay so that we have easy accessibility to both coastlines of the Peninsula. Surf lessons take place at the most suitable beach depending on the conditions on the day of your booking. We check the surf forecast on several reliable sources and combine this information with our local knowledge to decide where we will coach each day. We consider factors such as wind, tides, swell direction and ocean temperatures before making our decision to provide the safest and most enjoyable experience to our surfing students.


Duration2 hours
WhenSeven days a week (condition dependent) excluding 25th & 26th December and 1st January.
WhereWe will either operate the surf lesson at Muizenberg OR Big Bay beach depending on the conditions forecast for the day of your booking. THE SURF LESSON LOCATION WILL BE CONFIRMED 24 HOURS BEFORE THE LESSON - PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL THE DAY PRIOR TO YOUR BOOKING. If for some reason you do not receive a confirmation of the location 24 hours before the lesson - please check your spam folder for the email OR contact us on or +27 82 412 8781
WeatherPlease note that we base our decision whether to operate according to wind, tide and swell charts. We typically DO NOT cancel because of rain. You're going to get wet anyway. Besides it's the most fun you can have outdoors in the rain!
What to WearSwimsuit and apply sunscreen prior to the lesson.
Things to BringSwimsuit/boardshorts, towel, sunscreen (waterproof or zinc), warm sweater, bottle of water, any emergency medication (epipen etc). We advise that you leave all your valuables at home/accommodation. You may leave your car keys/belongings locked in our vehicle during the lesson but please note we can NOT be held liable for any losses/damages.
Guests or SpectatorsGuests can watch from the beach.


Minimum Age16 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight110.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Surf lessons are 1.5-hours long and include the use of:
*4:3 mm wetsuit, suitable surfboard, leash, wax

ExclusionsTransport to and from the beach. You will need to get yourselves there. Please note that if you are considering taking a taxi from the city area, the transported option we offer is more cost effective if there are 3 or less of you travelling together.


We use high quality 4:3mm wetsuits to keep you warm throughout the year in the Cape Town waters. Wetsuits are well maintained-washed and rinsed after each use. We use beginner specific soft boards for those who have never touched a surfboard or only surfed a handful of times. These boards are easy to catch waves with and make standing easier as they are stable. If you have a bit more surfing experience and are wanting to use a regular epoxy/fibreglass board, kindly let us know at the time of booking.

For the self-drive option, we will advise (via email) the beach we will be operating the lesson on at least the day prior to your booking. If for some reason you do not receive a confirmation the day prior to your booking – please check your spam folder for the email OR contact us on or +27 82 412 8781

Customer Reviews

I loved this lesson! Already in 2019 I had a group lesson which was so much fun that I decided to take further lessons. Unfortunately due to the strong Southeaster I only had time for one more. Although I definitely was the eldest participant I felt part of the group. I did find it strenuous at the end but since I'm doing a lot of Yoga I knew how to push myself up on the arms for countless times... Next year I will for sure continue my lessons, all admin contact and the teachers are great!! - Bettina

You guys made for the most exceptional day. As a family outing it was filled with sun and fun, laughter and exercise - what more could you ask for. The team was so appropriately casual and yet very professional and most of all made us feel welcome. To see their enjoyment at our success was very special. Thank you Stokes Surf School - we will be back! - Alex

From first contact, Stoked were excellent. We booked a surf lesson for our family, age ranges 23 to 60 years old and variable experience. Stoked's communication was amazing and we knew we were in experienced hands. The lesson was fantastic, we felt incredibly safe and had top class teaching, some of us even managed to stand up! Definitely recommend booking a lesson with them, a must do when visiting Cape Town. Thanks!!! - Fleur

This was definitely one of the most fun experiences I've had in CT. The coaches was extremely friendly and helpful. They wouldn't let me give up! Its definitely something I would recommend for a fun day out in the sun. - Nina

I had a super day with the guys from Stoked Surf who were very accommodating squeezing me in at the last minute before I headed back to Europe. The guys ensure you are safely confident with the basic moves before heading into the surf with you. Whether you're a beginner or improver, I can honestly say that my experience of Stoked Surf is a great one with a professional and enthusiastic crew that give you an all round fun surfing experience. I look forward to my next class with Stoked Surf when Cape Town. - Clint

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