Surf & Stand Up Paddle Lessons

Oregon Surf Lessons and Stand Up Paddle Lessons

Why Surf? Because modern life has become way too disconnected from what truly feeds our souls. The personal experience of connecting with Nature and her beauty all around you; in the waves that you paddle out through and joyfully learn to read and catch, to the Douglas Fir trees that cling to the rugged coastal cliffs, to the spirited Bald Eagles circling high overhead, to the waterfalls rushing down from spring’s rain and mountain melt offs, to the wild music of the wind and waves and the satiation one feels after a day with these sweet source connections. Let us introduce you or reconnect you with NW surfing in our Oregon Surf Lessons; Private, Semi-private or Group Lessons, this spring and summer. NW Standup Paddle Lessons (SUP) offered for Private, Semi-private or Small Group SUP Lessons also this spring and summer.

Coed Group Surf Saturday Lessons

Experience a fun filled three hour dynamic and comprehensive Oregon surf lesson with adults and teens who share your desire to learn! This mixed group session creates a supportive circle of new friends cheering one another on while you learn the essential skills to catching a wave. Exceptional, certified and experienced surf coaches share with you the techniques needed to succeed. Book your Lesson Here! An email confirmation with all details for your Oregon surf lesson will be sent to you after you’ve booked with online.

Three hour group surf lesson includes:

  •  An understanding of how to survey the beach and ocean conditions for your skill level.
  •  Learn the 6 forecast conditions that come together to create the “Recipe for a Perfect Wave” for the day’s chosen beach location.
  • Understand the tides influence on future sessions.
  • Build your “layers” of understanding from the 12 essential surf skills and techniques from talented surf coaches.
  • Receive surf training on the beach to start with, followed by training in the waves.
  • All surf equipment is included. A soft top surfboard, wetsuit, boots, gloves, hood and Gath surf helmet for all students. Soft racks are an additional rental cost.

Cost is $149 for lesson and full day’s surf rental package from Cleanline Surf Shops in Seaside and Cannon Beach. 


Spring, summer and fall swell and wind conditions are typically best for scheduling your surf lesson. Summer months are the most predictable for smaller, gentler, offshore conditions which are most favorable for learning in. Beginner to advanced beginner surfing skills are taught during our dynamic 3 hour surf lesson. Everything that is taught and included in our above mentioned Saturday Group Surf Lessons are also part of our Private, Semi-private and Personal Group Lesson formats.

Private and Semi-private Surf Lessons provide students with that extra personalized learning environment with you and your instructor or two of you and an instructor during the lesson. The lesson’s focus is on developing new surfing skills and advancing those skills during your session. Our student to teacher ratio is 4:1 or less. Private and Semi-private Surf Lessons are $150 per person. Equipment rental is not included in the lesson cost. Gath surf helmets are provided for all students’ safety and concussion prevention. Cleanline Surf Shops in Seaside and Cannon Beach offer NWWSC lesson students special $35 adult/teen full day surf rental packages and $25/kid package with lesson.


These group surf lessons offer families, reunions, wedding parties, graduation parties and others the opportunity to book a custom surf lesson for 3 to 12 people. Everything taught in our Saturday Coed Group Surf Lessons above, are also taught here. Cost is $149 per person, for adults and teens. Special reduced teacher to student ratio for children ages 4 to 12 is necessary. This includes the 3 hour lesson and full day’s surf rental package from Cleanline Surf Shops in Seaside and Cannon Beach.  Special student rental rate of $35 adults/teens and $25/kids are offered to NWWSC students. Mention this to their staff when getting set up with rental gear. Student to teacher ratio is 4:1, so additional coaches are added, depending on group size. Advanced beginner swimming skills are required of all students. A NWWSC Liability Release Waiver and Registration Form must me filled out and signed prior to the lesson. Parents must sign these forms for their minor children to participate. Contact NWWSC Director Lexie Hallahan at or Call # (503) 440-5782 today to arrange your spring and summer lesson. We encourage advanced notice for your preferred lesson date(s). Summer months are very busy along the North Coast of Oregon and with limited tidal times to teach in each day, booking your lesson early is best!


Discover the best cross trainer for surfing which utilizes and strengthens your balance, stamina and core body strength, while you take in Nature’s beauty around you. Or begin to learn a great boardsport to access your local lakes, estuaries, rivers and bay ecosystems for recreational paddling, fishing, birdwatching and meditation. Learn the fundamental skills to launch you and your family into the exciting sport of Stand Up Paddling (SUP). Our lessons are taught on a beautiful flat water lake or beautiful and diverse estuary system which offers natural beauty, easy access and advanced beginner wind conditions to practice your new skills in.

The skills you’ll be taught are:

  • Basic understanding of different SUP boards, their parts and paddle variety.
  • How to mount, dismount and carry your board on, off and to the launching site.
  • How to prone paddle, knee paddle and stand up paddle your board. An understanding of the winds, tides and challenges of your chosen water environment.
  • Entering and exiting the water.
  • Proper paddle and stroke technique.
  • Foot placement and stance.
  • Optional turning strokes including back paddle, frontside kickturn and heelside kickturn.
  • Key suggestions for advancing your skills to ocean SUPing.

A fun filled and dynamic three hour Private or Semi-private SUP Lesson is $190 per student. This includes SUP board, adjustable paddle, leash, wetsuit and bootie rental during the lesson. If no wetsuit and booties are needed, then $180 per person. Group SUP lessons for 3 to 4 students are $159 per person. They include the same as private and semi-private lessons. Larger group SUP lessons can be arranged with advanced notice. Summer months along the North Oregon coast are very busy, so contact Director Lexie Hallahan asap to arrange your summer SUP lesson date! Email her at or Call her at # (503) 440-5782. Midsummer water temps are generally warm enough in the lake and estuary to not need wetsuits and boots. Usually students wear only a swimsuit and windbreaker.


Experience a day filled with mindfulness as you learn stand up paddling and SUP yoga on a beautiful freshwater coastal lake, along Oregon’s spectacular North Coast. Enjoy hours of SUP instruction and personalized coaching with various paddling techniques taught. Break for delicious and nutritious catered box lunches on the peaceful lake dock. Digest your lunch with a yogic Mindfulness practice that teaches you skills and insights into being more present in your daily lives. Relax after lunch with an hour of stand up paddle yoga, balancing on your boards with the gentle lake rhythms rocking you with your breath. Wrap up the day with SUP coaches and new friend connections made from your shared day experience! 

Book SUP Day Camp Here.