Next Level Surf School

Next Level Surf School

1 employee
11 years in business

About this pro

One-on-one personal service with over 30 years of professional surfing experience and ocean safety, including law enforcement  and US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer.

Seeing the smiles on a person's face after they ride their first wave. I enjoy every moment I get to spend in the ocean.

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San Diego, CA 92124
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First is outfitting the student with the proper equipment and assess their experience, athletic ability and comfort level. Then I provide about 30 minutes of beach instruction, including basic teqniques, safety tips and information. The next step is a hands on (literally) approach to catching waves, getting to your feet and riding. the rest is based on the individual progress.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I started surfing at age 10, surfed competatively as an amateur on an international level and turned professional at age 17. I was ranked 7th in the United States as an amateur, hold titles as World Champion in the Police and Fire Games in longboard and shortboard, Several gold medals in the Police and Fire Olympics, West Coast Champion in the Masters Division. I spent 4 years in the US Coast Guard as a rescue swimmer. I taught my son to surf at age 9.he is 19 years old now and is a professional surfer. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

2-hour, individual lessons - $75.00

2-hour, 2-4person lessons - $65.00 per student

How did you get started teaching?

I taught all of my kids how to surf and always had friends asking me to teach their kids. I began helping my friend with his surf school in Pismo Beach and found that I was good at relating impotant aspects of the sport to students. I moved to San Diego and began teaching here, receiving amazing feedback from students and people I worked with.

What types of students have you worked with?

All levels and all ages. From a person who didn't even know how to swim to coaching professionals. ages from 3-70 years old. I have worked with students who have disabilities such as Autism, ADHD, Cystic Fibrosis and Paralysis.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Working with a student who is a High-Functioning Autistic 12 year old and watching him progress and smile and laugh the entire time. It makes me smile just thinking about him and proud to do what I do.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Don't be influenced by price. Be influenced by experience and reviews from other students. One-on-one lessons are the best way to get the most out of your lesson. It's always fun to have a friend to feed off of too, but the large group lessons usually leave you to struggle on your own.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Their flexibility, athleticism, comfort in the ocean and going under water. Ask about equipment, water temps, swells and tides which influence conditions and can make your experience great, or difficult.

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