We are a surf camp, so let's talk surfing
Not many people think of the Dominican Republic as a top surfing destination or a good place to learn to surf, and that's not a bad thing; it keeps the numbers in the water down, which means more space and more waves for those who come here for an epic surf holiday.
The main surfing spot close to Cabarete is a 5 minute ride west out of town.
The main advantage of Encuentro is that it is one of the most consistent surf spots in the Caribbean. It picks up all the summer East swells and then really goes off on North swells that arrive for the Winter months.
Swell caters for surfers of all levels!
Teaching people to surf in a safe & fun way is what we specialize in at our Dominican Republic surf camp. We have taught people varying in ages between 10 to 64 years old the basics of surfing. If you are even contemplating a Learn to Surf vacation in the DR and want to ask us if you'll fit in at Swell, don't bother......you will!
At our DR surf camp, lessons are given in a structured manner. It is very important for you to note that we are the only surf camp in the Dominican Republic who employ Internationally qualified and accredited surf coaches. This means that our Instructors have all completed specific training in teaching techniques, including practical and theory lessons, Life Guard training + CPR/basic first aid, which are all part of the I.S.A. qualifications. You could not be in safer hands.
A typical surf lesson day!
-Morning wake up call.
-Quick cup of coffee or tea.
-Off to the beach
-Warm up / stretching.
-First day talk about conditions on the learning beach or a refresher on what was taught the day before.
-Practise the techniques on land.
-Going into the water for the first time, accompanied by an assistant or coach to provide feedback and oversee the safety aspects.
-Catch a few of your first waves, with help from our Team.
-A beach-break to rest the body, drink something and listen to some more tips/pointers/tuition.
-Back in the water for another 45 minutes of learning the art of riding waves
We then go back to Swell for the best breakfast in town.
After breakfast, the instructors will assess the wave and weather conditions and if clients have the energy for another surf session and if conditions allow, we go back for some more practise, not a lesson as such but an instructor will be with you to answer your questions.
Don't be tempted to overdo it in your first couple of days; it won't pay off.
Theory lessons will be given in two stages during the week; after all, if you want to be a surfer, you'd better learn about the many different and important aspects of surfing to keep yourself safe and stoked for the sport!
Theory lessons at Swell from from qualified surf instructors.
Surfboard rentalsWe know that the airlines are charging more and more for you to bring your surfboard with you, so in case you don't want to pay the fees or have the hassle, we have a 25+ selection of excellent surfboards for surfers of all levels.... See a list of what boards we have for rent.If you take the learn to surf package, the use of our surfboard is already included in the learn to surf package
Client video: surf trip to the Dom. Rep.