AST are owners of professional surf schools in El Salvador anld Nicaragua with 6 years of experience operating in Playa Miramar, Nicaragua, Las Flores and La Libertad El Salvador. Our newest destination Popoyo Nicaragua complements our destinations in Central America with four amazing locations for family and friends wanting to learn to surf. Our professional guides with years of experience will cater to you from the time you step into our operating countries and will be with you the entire time becoming international friends for life sharing the experience of surfing.

All of our surf lessons include surfboards, 2 – 4 hours a day of one on one or group classes, all meals, adventure transfers and amazing oceanfront accommodations. The surf season for surf lessons starts in November and ends in March, but we can cater to beginner surfers all year long depending on wave and weather conditions. Create your adventure today and begin your introduction to the sport of surfing.


Level 1 Beginner

Level 1 beginner is a guest that has never surfed and wants to learn the basics of surfing, water safety and ocean conditions. This course will allow you in a short time to become acquainted with the ocean, handling of a surf board and get one on one or group coaching in and out of the water.

This level of surf school is designed for ages 6 and up so most anyone can take this course of surf school at AST Adventures surf schools.

AST Instructor will teach you how to:

  • Water Safety Rules
  • White Wash Ducking under Waves without Surf Board
  • Rip Tides and Under tows
  • How to prepare a surf board
  • Leash Safety and length for the right Surfboard
  • Waxing Surf Board
  • Paddling Techniques
  • Land and Ocean Pop Ups
  • How to fall safely from your Surf Board
  • How to safely ditch your surfboard before a wipeout
  • Paddling and Catching Wave
  • How to relax and take a wipe out in beginner surf

It is suggested this course is a minimum of 5 days so you are able to learn the true basics of becoming a surfer. AST will ensure you have your lessons at beginner beaches, surf equipment is in perfect working order and you will be safe at all times during your lessons.

AST will not take any beginners out in high surf conditions, these high surf days will be non-surf days until it is safe to get back in the water for a Level 1 guest.

Level 2 Beginner

Our Level 2 Surfing Program is designed for a guest that has tried surfing before but wants to improve on their surfing skills.

Our surf instructors are seasoned surfers with years of surfing experience, they are bilingual so you if you only speak English you can communicate with them easily throughout the program. Choosing level 2 you should already have had 1 or 2 surf lessons from a surf school or previous instructor so you know the basics.

Our instructors help get you acquainted again with the ocean, surf break knowledge and back on your feet in no time. Some of the key skill sets we will be teaching you includes:

  • Personal assessment of skill level
  • Surf Break knowledge between Beach and Point Breaks
  • Short and Long Board Surfing
  • Duck Dive Techniques Long or Short Board
  • Angling (Riding) the wave right or left
  • What type of board is best for your future surf trips
  • Increased time in the water to improve skills up to 2 surf sessions per day
  • Trying and performing bottom turns
  • Turning on waves that allow you to turn
  • Free Surfing on your own

After a week of Level 2 Surf School our guest should be ready to surf on their own with a guide in the water to ensure water safety. The guest will paddle into waves on their own, choose the correct surf board for their sessions and be riding waves during free surf sessions without surf guide in the water.

Level 3 Beginner / Intermediate

A level 3 beginner to intermediate surfer can paddle a surf board, stand up and know all the basic information for Level 1 and Level 2 surfing skills. Our level 3 program is is not a class session but all surf sessions will be with an AST Adventures surf guide to ensure safety in and out of the water.

Our guides will help you choose the correct surf board and coach you in the water on a one one basis for lining up in the correct spot so you begin to catch waves on your own immediately at secure surfing beaches. If we feel you are not ready for some surf breaks we will suggest a softer wave in the beginning of your trip and move you to a more intermediate to advance water later in the trip.

In the water coaching includes:

  • Timing of paddle out between sets
  • Choosing a channel to paddle out
  • Picking a position in the line up where you feel safe
  • Timing set waves
  • Paddle techniques
  • Catching a set wave
  • Coaching you to angle on the wave
  • Coaching you to cut back on a wave
  • Coaching you to kick out of a wave
  • Paddling back out to the line up from deeper water

After a level 3 week you should be able to go purchase a surf board, surf on your own at a home beach or future vacation. It is always important to exercise, stretch and prepare effectively for your surf vacation or surf tour.

Learn to Surf Intro

Surfing is not only a cool sport to learn but most of all it creates an overall great way to exercise working all body muscles in a very short period of time. Our surf lessons camp will start off with the basics teaching each student water safety, tides and wave heights so you can learn a little as you go theory. It is our goal to have you surfing on your own by the end of your trip and if you are highly athletic you may be surfing on your own in just a few days. You must know how to swim to take your surf classes, if not we suggest you take swim lesson prior to jumping into the ocean as safety is our number one concern. All of our Surf Schools have something unique about them so for any questions please email our office info@astadventures.com for any specific questions. Make surfing your lifestyle today.


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