Phuket Surf School-Surfing Lessons

Phuket is the beginners paradise!

Phuket is probably one of the best locations in Asia for learning to surf with gentle waves and a friendly atmosphere, learning to surf in Thailand is fun!

Learn to surf in a safe and fun environment

Our surf school re-opens on the 1st of May

Get in early and book your place

Learning to Surf

Please note: The surfing season in Phuket is from April to September, at other times there are no waves for learning to surf the sea is flat

NSSIA fully accredited surf school

Our surf school is open from 1st of May to the 31st of September

Saltwater Dreaming Surf School operating on Bang Tao beach since 2001

Over 40 years experience surfing, we will have you up and surfing during your holiday in Phuket.

We are the only accredited surf school in Phuket, learn to surf with experienced and fully certified surfing instructors.

Safety, equipment and instruction is second to none, surfing classes are run from Bang Tao Beach, which is probably the best beach in Phuket for learning to surf.

Learning to Surf Resources

Learn to Surf in Phuket Thailand

NSSIA surf school and instructors association

Surfing Lessons are broken down step by step so anyone can follow and understand.

Learn to surf

Learn to Surf in Phuket Bookings and Inquiries

Overview of a 1st Session Beginner Learn to Surf Programme

Surfing lesson starts on the beach with a run down on reading the beach and waves, safety in the water, surfboards, paddling, how to stand up and how to fall off 🙂 Surf Instruction

We then practice the essential techniques of surfing on the beach; standing up on the board, paddling, how to fall, the stance, stretches.

Surfing Lesson At the water's edge you will learn how to get in and out of the ocean and safely holding your surfboard and other surfers secrets. Saltwater Dreaming Surf School Then it's in the water, to put all the knowledge into practice, carefully watched by your surfing instructor (who will be in the water with you) Learn Surfing
Learning to surf is fun and easy
First Green Wave

Chloe after 2 sessions of surf lessons she is catching and riding waves on her own

Learn to Surf in Phuket Bookings and Inquiries

Booking a Surf Lesson-Prices

Surf season in Phuket starts 1st of May and ends September 31st

Depending on surf conditions on the day, surf lessons may be at Bang Tao Beach, Surin Beach or other Phuket beaches. We choose the spot that best suits your learning, developing or advanced surfing skills.

We provide all equipment including soft surfboards, rash vests and surf hats.

Please make sure you bring board shorts or swimsuit, towel and plenty of sun screen.

The surf lessons are 2 hours per session

Group lessons 2 to 4 persons - prices per person

Learning to Surf Group Lesson

Learn to surf with others in a small group

Session (2 hours)

1,400 baht for 1 session

5 Day Programme is 6,300 baht, which includes a 10% discount

Surfers under the age of 10 are assigned their own instructor.

1,800 baht for surfers under 10 years old

Questions and Bookings

Private lessons (1 on 1 with our head instructor)
prices per person

Private Lesson

Session (2 hours)

2,000 baht

Add 1,800 baht for an extra person

5 day programme is 9,000 baht for 1 person and 17,100 baht for 2 people

Bookings and Questions

Custom Lessons - prices per person

Custom Lessons

Can already surf, but want to take it to the next level? We offer custom lessons, helping you to get your surfing to the next level. We will work on the areas that you feel need improvement and we will help to identify what it is you are missing.

1,800 baht per hour

Bookings and Questions

Fun Learning to Surf

We also offer Kids Surf Camps during the school holidays

Contact us for more information

kids surf camp Surf School Accreditation

Surfing Instructors

Surf Instructor Certificate Surf school instructor Rick- Head surfing instructor -Currently certified with the NSSIA - Surf experience over 40 years
surfing instructor
Kay- Head learn to surf Assistant

surf instructor assistant- Thai Jai- Learn to Surf Assistant

Surf Instructor assistant Jimmy- Learn to Surf Assistant

Before you start your surf class, try some pre-learning tips on surfing

Learning to surf tips and tricks

Phuket surfing beach information

Kids Learning to surf in Phuket

Need Somewhere to stay while you learn to surf?

Hotels, Guesthouses and Hostels near the Saltwater Dreaming Surf School

You could start on the links we have chosen for you below, the pages also have maps, so you know how far you are from the surf school Our surf school is located at the southern end of Bang Tao Beach, next to the Best Western Bang Tao Beach Resort, we are 25 minute walk from Laguna along the beach, or 15 minute walk from Surin Beach and 15 minute drive from Kamala Beach.

We recommend Booking with

Hotels Bang Tao Beach

Hotels Surin Beach

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you in Phuket

Making a Booking

Beginner Surfing Lessons You can call us directly to make a booking for one of our daily group beginner surf lessons, or you can contact us through the contact page on this website. We recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment, turning up on the day without a booking is not advised, as we are quite busy during the surf season and there is a big chance we won't have a place available for you.

We don't require a deposit for booking our daily surfing lessons but if you are booked in, we do appreciate you contacting us to advise of cancellation.

Private Surfing Lessons Private surfing lessons are essential to book in advance so we can arrange the best instructor to suit your level of surfing experience. We require a 50% deposit to confirm a private lesson booking.

Surfing Rentals In the surf season from May to October, most people go directly to Bang Tao beach and hire surfboards from our Surfing School without making an advance booking. In the off-season our equipment is rented from the Saltwater Dreaming Surf Shop.

Also if you would like to rent a surfboard other than a soft top you need to go to the surf shop. If you wish to make an advance booking to avoid missing out please contact us. You don't need a deposit to book surfboard.

Kids Surf Camps Kids Surf Camps are essential to pre-book because we are always fully booked and have a limited number of places available. We require a 50% deposit to book a surf camp package.

Cancellation and Refund Policies To confirm a booking for both Surf Camps and Private Lessons you must pay a 50% deposit. This deposit is non-refundable if the customer decides to cancel the booking within 24 hours for a private lesson or within 7 days for one of our surf camps.

We are happy to transfer your booking date, or transfer your deposit to another person, if places are available. Lessons and deposits are fully refundable if the Saltwater Dreaming Surfing School cancels the surfing lesson due to extreme weather conditions or other circumstances.

Surf School Feedback and Reviews

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Lots more reviews below

Our average rating for our surf school is 5.0 stars (based on 83 ratings)

Great Time!

Chloe Learn to Surf

I had a great time learning surfing in saltwater dreaming. Please find the attached photos.

Chloe (Hong Kong)

Highly recommended!

Had just 2 Surf lessons and would Love to have More 🙂 with Rick you have a pretty good and also very patient and caring Surfteacher, who is happy when his pupils are. Highly recommended! Thanks Rick :-)!


Best Experience

First time surfing and first surf lesson with Rick. It’s the best experience I’ve ever hoped for. If you are looking for surf lessons, here is your answer 😉

Koy (Thailand)

The Best

(Translated by Google) The best surfboard school in Phuket

Ning (Thailand)

Great Surf Shop

Great Surf shop near the beach. Can supply everything form Boards, wet suits, swimsuits & Boogie boards.

Shop offers rentals and instruction for all ages.

At the end of the surf season the shop usually has great deals on boards.

English and Thai speaking staff available.

Charles (Thailand)

Best Experience!!

It was my first surfing lesson with Rick! I gotta say, he’s the best and obviously a professional surfer! If you are looking for a surf lesson, here is the answer you are looking for. Doesn’t matter which levels you are, he would definitely give you the best experience!!

Koi (Thailand)

Loved the Experience

Had a 2 hour session with this surfing school! Very reasonable price as the price included rental of the boards and rash gear. The instructor taught clearly and explained well. Loved the experience and would come back again if i had the chance!

Si Hui (China)

Great Family Day

Thanks for the surf lessons. We had a great family time yesterday.

Don (Thailand)

Great Experience

It has been a great experience learning to surf with your school and getting to know you and your team:) Thank you again for your kind hospitality.

I plan to come back in September

Ying (Thailand)

Just Loved It!

We just took 2-day beginner classes and we just loved it! Rick (head instructor) taught us a lot and we got to practice a lot during our sessions.
Everybody was so friendly and helpful. We plan to take more classes in the near future. Surely recommend it to everybody, especially beginners like us!

Jane (Thailand)

Great Lesson!

Thanks so much for the great lesson!!

Jessica (USA)

Professional Guidance!

Thank you for all you did for a beginner like me!

Sure I will try to find opportunities to practice and come again for your professional guidance! Thank you!

Ni Lin (China)

Full of Fun

Thanks for the lesson. It’s full of fun and we’ll definitely try again when we are back home.

See you next time when we come again.

Vincent (USA)

Extraordinary Experience

Hi Rick and your team, Thanks for giving me a extraordinary experience to learn how to surf and enjoying more the ocean!

Joyce (Hong Kong)

Awesome Lessons!

Thank you for two awesome lessons! 🙂

Yuan (China)

Wonderful Time

I had such a wonderful time today. Just a great way to spend the day. Hope to see you again.

Jill (Australia)

Awesome Teachers!

Thank you for this time and hope to see you again, give my best to K as well, you’re both awesome teachers! 🙂

Hannah (Sweden)

Great Lessons..Very Good Teacher!

I left Phuket a week ago and i didn’t have time to say goodbye.

I would like to tell you thank you for the great surf lessons. I really enjoyed it and you are a very good teacher! I Hope to continue to surf 😀

I hope to come again

Best regards,

Sarah (Germany)

Learnt a Lot and Enjoyed!

Many thanks to you and also Kay for the lessons for past few days. I really learnt a lot and enjoyed 🙂


Gwean (Singapore)

Thank You

im just writing to say thank u for the classes and i hope i can use the knowledge to enjoy surf around the world. Have a great year with your family and friends. Good waves and blue sky in Phuket. Thanks,

Luciana (Portugal)

I’m Addicted!

I had a great time learning to surf and now I’m addicted to it. I’ll be back again, and on the next visit I’ll stay somewhere near Bang Tao Beach.

Thanks for the surfing lessons, your a great teacher. 😉


Kayla (Germany)

Thank You

Thanks for lessons. It was good to be able to stand up. I’ll try and get a third lesson in January or February once settled back into New Zealand.


Grant (New Zealand)

Fantastic Surf Lessons!

I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic surf lessons you gave me at Bang Tao Beach. I really enjoyed it!

Attached you will find some pictures.

Take care!

Best regards,

Jennie (Sweden)

Wanna Go Surfing Again

Now I´m back to Norway (actually almost a month :P).

I wanna go surfing again in Phuket when I go to Thailand next time 😉

Annie (Norway)

Great Surf Lesson

Nice meeting you and thanks for the great surf lesson last Thursday.

Katherine (Germany)

We Had A Blast!

We had a blast! Thanks, Rick!

Christy (Australia)

Experience That Will Stay With Me Forever!

Some experiences are forgotten, some are remembered, and others become a part of us. Thanks again for a great lesson and an experience that will stay with me forever.

Time to hit the waves in Okinawa!


Evan (USA/Japan)

Great Lessons

Thanks again for the great lessons, I’ll make sure to sign up for more next time in Phuket.

Chris (USA)

Great Time!

Thanks Rick. We had a great time today!

Nate (USA)

School Is The Best

I know, your school is the best, so can i learn school surf with Rick?

Safina (China)

We had a great time

Just to convey our thanks for the lessons… unanimously agreed that we had a great time.


Dan (USA)

Perfect Classes!

I would like to say thank you we are very pleased. They were perfect classes!

Alexey and Yana (The Netherlands)

Great Experience!

Thank you for the great experience! It was really fun.

Lots of thanks,

Yana (Germany)

Learnt a Lot!

Thanks for the lessons! I have learned a lot and will continue another holiday with surfing.

All the best and see you a next time.

Ps: I will certainly recommend you to other people!

Monique (Holland)

Great lessons! Great teachers!

Did the 5 day programme, Rick and the team really taught us everything we need to know to be able to surf. Great lessons! Great teachers!

John (New Zealand)

Just Loved It!

We just took 2-day beginner classes and we just loved it! Rick (head instructor) taught us a lot and we got to practice a lot during our sessions. Everybody was so friendly and helpful. We plan to take more classes in the near future. Surely recommend it to everybody, especially beginners like us!

Jane (Thailand)

Amazing Surf Experience!

We had a super fantastic time and amazing surfing experience with Rick and his crews.

The lessons were just amazing with both theory and in-action!!

Definitely go back again!!!

May (Thailand)

Great Experience!

My husband and I were able to take two lessons with the crew from saltwater dreaming.

They left us wanting for several more lessons with them–we just ran out of time unfortunately!

Considering lessons?

Do it with this local shop!

They are very kind, knowledgeable, and have great equipment for you to use.

Thank you again for a great 2 day experience!

Heather (USA)

Wonderful Family Time!

My 2 day surf lesson with my elder daughter (for our original plan) turned to be a wonderful family time in the second day as my wife and the younger daughter asked to join on the second day.

Rick is licensed instructor so we have no doubt on him. Khun Jai, who was taking care the kids, was the highlight for kids.

She worked very well with the kids and made sure that the kids was going to have a good surfing time.

Don (Thailand)

Definitely Recommend It!

Great experience learning surf from scratch, thanks to the good advices from the instructor (Rick) and his team. I definitely recommend it.
Wide choice of surfing equipment, accessories and clothing available at the surfshop.

Thomas (France)

Friendly and Patient!

Booked 2 lessons for my 7 and 9 year old kids. The instructors were friendly and patient.

My kids enjoyed this experience very much and wanted some more.


Christine (Hong Kong)

Very Kind and Patient!

Had a great lesson today with a lot of fun �

The teachers are very kind and patient!

Would definitely recommend �

Natasha (Germany)

Amazing surf lessons

Really good surf lessons given by Rick who is great at explaining everything and very patient and willing to help throughout the lessons!

Went with friends and was great fun!!

Highly recommend for beginners and for those who have had previous lessons.

Thank you for a great 5 days 🙂

Elaine (Scotland)


Best week surfing with rick and his team (VERY good value for money).

So friendly, helpful and accommodating.

Can’t recommend enough.

Ella (UK)

Great instructor!

Instructor and patient and made us feel comfortable.

We could stand on our first lesson!

Highly recommend!

Crystal (USA)

Great, professional outfit

Rick explained everything we needed to know before hitting the water and was very calm and patient.

I took my son along and we both loved it, despite the torrential rain!

We both managed to stand up and we will certainly take surfing up as something we can do together.

Thanks Rick and the team, you deserve every success!

Rob (Krabi)

Excellent instructors, highly recommended

Excellent instructors, very patient, clear instructions, very safe, my girlfriend doesn’t know how to swim but still be able to stand on the board on the first lesson, price is right.

They provide everything so no need to bring many things, wear swimsuit is ok.

If wear glasses remember to buy a strip at their shop to avoid losing it.

A little bit far from Patong beach but we drove to their shop so not a big problem for us.

Edward (China)

Great Intro to Surfing, No Hype

As many of the other reviews attest, Rick is a great instructor.

He spent 30 minutes with me talking about surfing and waves and beach dynamics before we even went in the water.

Unlike the other surf establishments I saw on Bangtao Bay that appear to just rent out boards to travelers and send them on their way into the waves, Rick takes the time to teach you to surf.

I was up and surfing on the board with 10-15 minutes, thanks to his attentiveness.

I will plan to spend another day (or two) on the water with him during our next visit to Bangtao Bay.

Paul (China)

Best Surf Instructor!!!

What to say? My daughter who is 12 and my friends son who is 15 were signed up for surf lessons on Bangtao Beach with Rick from Saltwater Dreaming.

He showed an amazing ability to connect with young people.

He was relaxed and easy going, and….. amazingly, he had both kids standing on the birds on their first wave!!!

I would recommend Rick anytime!!

Next time we are back in Phuket, my daughter will be back looking to get Rick to take her out surfing for sure!!

Can’t thank you enough!!

Mike (Norway)

Enjoyed Every Single Lesson

That I had with Rick and his team.

The lessons before each surf session is technical and highly informative.

Rick’s team are all very helpful and attentive.

I caught many waves because of them, and for that I am very grateful.

Even in the stormiest of conditions, Rick’s team made us all feel very safe.

Had so much fun!

Chris (Hong Kong)

Phuket Highlight!

Rick and his team are professional, guaranteed to have an awesome experience.

3 or 5 day surf lessons are highly recommend, you’ll be catching green waves in no time.

Saltwater Dreaming Surf School is by far the best in Phuket.

Thanks guys.

Kosi (South Africa)

Loved it! Great lessons, wonderful instructor & team!

We just got back from 2-day beginner sessions and we loved it!

Rick (head instructor) and his team was just amazing.

They were very good and certainly know what they are talking about!

They patiently taught us and helped us (so much) throughout the sessions.

We will definitely go back soon!

Jane (Thailand)

Great surf lessons, easy to understand and practice

Rick and his team will train you what ever you level is for a great surf session.

I have tried other in Phuket and I have to admit that Saltwater got the most comprehensive and pedagogue trainers.

William (UK)

Excellent surfing experience with Rick

My wife and I got 3 days of wonderful lessons with Rick and his team in late August.

It’s marvellous that we could even stand on the surf board during the first lesson.

Rick is a very experienced instructor and helped us catch great waves to ride.

We had great fun for the 3 days lesson and would definitely surf again with Rick’s team next time in Phuket.

Vincent (Hong Kong)

What a great day/way to learn

Rick is just a wonderful teacher and I can highly recommend his school for any new surfers.

This was so much fun I wish I had sorted this school out my first day in Phuket and made arrangements to spend several days learning to surf.

I was able to stand up multiple times during my first lesson and felt very comfortable and safe with Rick and his staff helping me.

I feel I have the basics under my belt and can’t wait to get home and show off my new skills.

Jill (USA)

Fantastic! Great teacher

I have had a few lessons with Rick over the past few seasons and thought it was time to thank him.

He is a very professional surf coach who starts off by teaching the basics to give you an understanding of the waves, water and surf before getting into the water.

He was always patient and from the first day I could stand up and ride a wave

Now I go back for a session and still he can really help me each time

Highly recommended!

David (Australia)

Easily the Most Fun I’ve Had at the Beach… Ever!

Lessons here are incredible. In under an hour Rick had me paddling out for waves, standing up on the board, and having a blast!

The coaching here goes far beyond the technical aspects of surfing and gets really deep into respecting the ocean and embracing the sport.

Fantastic introduction to surfing, I’m hooked… I’ll be returning shortly to pick up a board of my own!

Jason (Columbia)

Great activity for kids

Most people don’t come to Thailand to go surfing, but Saltwater Dreaming operates in a very calm and beautiful beach area which is great for teaching people how to surf.

Rick, the owner, doesn’t just give you a board and send you out there… he takes his time and really teaches people how to paddle, catch waves, and stand up.

He also teaches kids to respect the ocean and beach environment.

Don (USA)

Super beginner surf lessons and professional instructors

Had the best experience learning to surf with saltwater dreaming.

The conditions are perfect for beginners located on bang thao beach.

We quickly learn how to stand on the board, making the learning fun and at the same time progressing through the lessons.

So thanks to Saltwater Dreaming for making our vacation fun and memorable.

Lise (France)

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