What’s cool about Halifax surfing lessons?

Affectionately known as Canada’s Ocean Playground, Nova Scotia has emerged as a hot spot for surfing. Located on the far east coast of the country and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Nova Scotia boasts 7500 km of coastline. There are hundreds and hundreds of islands, headlands, bays and sand beaches. Our coastline is as craggy and convoluted as anywhere in the world. The variety of waves available in Nova Scotia is unbelievable.

There are well over 100 known surfing spots in Nova Scotia. A Google search won’t lead you directly to all of our precious secret surf spots. You’ll have to spend some time here and get to know the area before you’re able to uncover the hidden gems. Finding surf spots in Nova Scotia is equally about the hunt, as riding the waves.

One of the factors that makes the Nova Scotia surf scene unique is the proximity to Halifax and Dartmouth’s urban core. The most common surfing zones of Cow Bay, Lawrencetown and Martinique are less than an hour from downtown. It’s possible to surf before work or catch a few waves after your shift. This is truly unique. This surfing zone is also the most prolific in the province, with the densest concentration of waves in a small area.


Halifax surfing lessons price:

 1-hour surfing lessons and board/wetsuit for the rest of the day:

$80 per surfer. Tax included.

PRIVATE 1:1 surfing lessons and board/wetsuit for the rest of the day:

Hire your own private instructor.
$100 for 1 surfer.
$180 for 2 surfers.


What happens in a typical surfing lesson?

You’ll show up 15 minutes before the scheduled start of your surfing lesson. You’ll be fit for a suitable wetsuit and surfboard. If it’s chilly, you’ll also be given booties and gloves.

The first part of your lesson will be done on the beach. You’ll learn a little bit about your equipment and some general ocean safety. Then, you’ll be taught how to “pop-up” on the surfboard and practice on the beach. You’ll also have a chance to ask any questions that you may have.

Our teaching location at Martinique is awesome! It’s a sandy beach with a gentle drop off. Next, you’ll “paddle out” into the waves. Your instructor will be beside you in the water to offer tips and help you out. He/she will also help push you into the waves as you learn how to paddle for yourself. After catching a wave, you’ll paddle back out to your instructor and get ready for your next wave.

After your hour with the instructor, you’re free to keep the gear for the rest of the day to log some surfing hours. Some students stay all day and surf for hours, while others are too tired after their 1-hour lesson.