Mark's Surf Instructions
I have been teaching private surf lessons all year round at Oceanside Pier for 10 years. I teach all ages and individuals to groups. I have two books on surfing and three videos. I teach more students than any indivdual in Oceanside. Students come from all over the world and take lessons while on vacation. I also teach locals from Marine base, business travelers, high school and college students. I am recommended by surf shops and three local major hotels, plus Trip Advisor.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Students call, email, or text to set up lesson any day at either 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., or 4 p.m.. They can pay in advance with card, online on payment page, or bring cash. Lessons are one hour, one and a half hours, or two hours.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Have been surfing since high school, teaching for ten years, two books, videos on techniques, and 5 pod casts.Recommended by local surf shops and hotels as only year around instructor.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
One person for an hour $60, Two people $80, Three people $100. Add $20 for each additional half hour. Groups of four or five $40 for one and a half hours.
How did you get started teaching?
Surfing everyday, built website and posted every day on learning to surf. Google put me at top of "Surf Lessons in Oceanside" and I started teaching.
What types of students have you worked with?
All ages from 7 to 77. Kids, teens, and adults who have never surfed to those who have had some experience.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Have taught big groups who visit Oceanside and want to learn to surf together and then practice after lessons.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look at history of teaching. Many teachers here are high school students who know how to surf but have never taught others.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
How many students do you teach a year? How long have you been teaching?