SPI Sessions- Private Surf Lessons
We are an experienced team of well traveled beach life and surfing instructors ready to make your private surf lesson on South Padre Island a memorable one. We are equipped with the best equipment, safety first mindset, and all the fundamental skills to get you surfing in your first lesson. SPI Sessions private surfing lessons cater to your skill level. Our sessions are available for beginner and advanced surfers and all ages and abilities. We provide high quality instruction before beginning each lesson that details ocean safety procedures, current and wind direction acknowledgement, and basics of surfing technique.
We pretty much have you covered on the beach, but there are a few personalized items we suggest you bring to your lesson: a reusable water bottle, ocean-safe sunscreen, towel, and comfortable and proper fitting swim attire. Our private surfing lessons include all the necessary equipment you will need to get started. We provide you with a surfing shirt for sun and board rash protection, wax, a soft top learning board, a safety leash, and professional one-on-one coaching. We also have wetsuits and booties, if weather permits! Surf Lessons Include: American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Certified Instructors, Experienced Surf Instructors, Surfboards for each participant, Permitted & Private Beach Location, Licensed & Insured Program, 1 Hour Sessions, Free beach access parkingOur summer surf lessons are given at our location, 2000 Gulf Blvd., located behind the Aquarius condominiums. “Beach Circle- Access 4” is the public access and free parking lot with restrooms. Free street parking is also available. We do offer concierge location services in the fall and winter seasons only.
Private Surf LessonsSouth Padre Island
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Private Surf Lesson
One hour private surfing lessons are the best choice for serious learners. We recommend a full session as your first surfing experience. Lessons include all necessary equipment and instruction. Schedule your lesson with us today.BOOK NOW
Surf Board Rentals
Surf board rentals are available at any time. We ask for a completed CC authorization form and rental payment in full. Please let us know what kind of board you need: soft top board, epoxy longboards and advanced short boards are available.BOOK NOW
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Frequently Asked Questions
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We pretty much have you covered on the beach, but there are a few personalized items we suggest you bring to your lesson: a reusable water bottle, ocean-safe sunscreen, towel, and comfortable and proper fitting swim attire.
Our private surfing lessons include all the necessary equipment you will need to get started. We provide you with a surfing shirt for sun and board rash protection, wax, a soft top learning board, a safety leash, and professional one-on-one coaching. We also have wetsuits and booties, if weather permits!
Surf Lessons Include:
- American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Certified Instructors
- Experienced Surf Instructors
- Surfboards for each participant
- Permitted & Private Beach Location
- Licensed & Insured Program
- 1 Hour Sessions
- Free beach access parking
Meet us on the beach at 2000 Gulf Blvd.. The public beach access at this location is Beach Access #4 and titled "Beach Circle". Public parking is free.
Fall and Winter Season Only: We are local surf instructors that are available for surfing lessons at your convenience. We don't ask you to pay $10 to surf the jetty, we have the whole island! Let us know where you are staying and we will come to you or pick our favorite surf spots for you!
Private lessons are open to all ages and abilities- so no excuses! We are trained professionals that are happy to accommodate special needs. Please make us aware of any special need that you or child may have.
Will you have lifeguards or trained First Responder staff?
All of our beach life instructors are American Red Cross Certified in CPR and first aid, and open water safety. We also take extra precaution and recruit medical interns to help us keep a watchful eye on the water. We have an impeccable safety record and we are very proud of it!
SPI Sessions has a unique approach to our staff. We call ourselves ‘Beach Life Instructors’ because we believe we share more with the student than just a surfing lesson. We are well-rounded individuals with love for all things friendly to our beach and lifestyle. We maintain a rotating staff of 4-5 Beach life Instructors and 3-5 Science Specific Trainers. In a lesson setting we maintain a 4:1 ratio of surfer to instructor staff to maintain the attention necessary for adequate surf technique and stoke. We are very proud to have a strong staff of vetted individuals eager to share the stoke of surfing and eco-awareness.
Safety is a priority with us at SPI Sessions.
-Our instructors follow a designated operational plan for safety during lessons and are trained and certified in First Aid/CPR and open water safety.
- We also have a safety script that each session reviews.
- … and just In case of an emergency, we are prepared with an Emergency Plan (Click here to read).
We are confident that you will see surfing the way we do. It has the capacity to change your life and become one of the most special things you do. Check out what we do to get you started: • The Basics of Surfing • Paddling the Board • Catching Waves • Standing Up on the Board • Wave Selection • Turning Techniques • Surf Etiquette • Ocean Awareness and Safety
Our Lessons Center location is straight out from city beach access 4. It is also called "beach circle". The public parking lot has limited free parking, however, there is also parking on the street side, and in front of both the Aquarius Condominiums and the Padre Grand. Lock up and Meet us on the beach!
Surfing is a variable sport, but there are so many skills and fun ways to experience surfing out of the water. We take pride in making sure that our camps are full of fun things-to-do. We have balance boards, lily pad mats (to roll out and play on in the water), snorkels and SUPS to take out on flat ocean water days). We make sure the kids leave camp with a brain full of surfing knowledge
If you absolutely need to cancel your reservation we ask that you will do so 24 hours in advance of your scheduled lesson. Cancellations not made 24 hours in advance will be charged 50% of lesson cost.
My brother and I (both over 50) took a surfing lesson with Aarin @ SPI over the MLK weekend. We highly recommend - her vast and diverse knowledge, patience, and encouraging personality made for a rewarding experience along with very reasonable rates and probably over-generous with her time for which we were very grateful.B Taylor
We were very impressed with the customer service and personal attention to each client, regardless of ability.Esmerelda Leal
Awesome! Incredibly patient, positive, and attentive instructor. She got this not particularly athletic senior citizen up on a board! I loved every minute and will be back.Kate K.,
This was excellent. We scheduled my 12 year old son for a surfing lesson. It was fantastic. We felt very safe and confident in the instructors. Our son had a great experience. He had never surfed before, but half way through the one hour lesson he was able to stand up on the board and ride. Very happy and have to say the price for the one-on-one lesson was perfect.We only have a few days left on our vacation, but will try and get in another lesson before we leave.I highly recommend working with these folks. Great attitudes and fun with the kids.Bill G.
Excellent location to host surfing sessions for all ages. Warm waters, extremely safe beach surfing conditions (no rocks, no reefs, just sandy bottom and user friendly waves).Tommy Saenz
What a joy it is to see the kids faces when they are learning a new skill that will stay with them for a lifetime! SPI Sessions is an outstanding organization that provides many great opportunities for kids and adults alike!Rodney Hunter
Amazing! All four of our kids (2 ours and 2 of our friends kids) had the most amazing surf lesson and science camp day. We can not wait until next year. We will definitely do a full camp for them. Erin was amazing with them.Karen B.
Use this surf school for anyone but they were especially great with my young son. As a woman it is so important to support other women in their business ventures. This company was amazing we did two days with them for our 6 year old he was up on the board 2nd try. The staff was supportive and caring. I appreciated that they had chairs out for the parents to sit in while the kids surfed.Kali P.
Amazing camp! Aarin is SO fantastic with kids of all ages!! We did 2 weeks of surf camp and my kids had a blast. We have also done lessons with her which have been great. Aarin is so kind and fun to the kids and makes everything so fun! We also did 2 science camps which my 7 year old daughter loved!! They are on Saturday’s and the kids seemed to have a blast. And Aarin is super creative with each camp! Overall I highly recommend anything SPI Sessions has to offerSaraha1023
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