Each of the below learning paths prescribes a recommended set of tasks, books, courses, etc. to help you put together a study plan. Remember the Break Diver's Creed: No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets. Go make it happen!


  • Determine if there are local surf schools or centers in your city / country.

  • Make plans for your first surf lesson, either close to where you live, or in another city / country.

  • Remember that you can read up a lot about surfing online, and we provide a bunch of resources in our resource section.

  • Buy a bathing suit. And it should go without saying that if you can't swim, you should learn first how to swim.

  • At this stage, you should literally, get your feet wet, and take your first surf lesson. Your focus should be learning how to stand up and 'catch a wave'.

  • Visit our “resources” section for Surfing and review each of the “beginner” resources.

  • Remember that you can take a 'surf vacation' to get started to somewhere like Hawaii, Australia, or even California!


  • By the intermediate stage, you should be able to stand up consistently and catch a good portion of the good waves that come your way. 

  • As an intermediate surfer, you should have done quite a bit of surfing by now! Keep racking up the hours.

  • You should be moving on to learning more advanced techniques and catching bigger waves. Start focusing on technique and form, to ensure you're looking good out there, and carving properly.

  • You are probably now able to help others get started, so do that. Enlist some friends and teach them how to catch their first waves. 

  • Have you considered entering a surfing competition?

  • Visit our “resources” section for Surfing and review each of the “Intermediate” resources.


  • By this stage, you should be a flying fish!  Surfing should be a natural pastime for you now!

  • Start focusing on advanced surf techniques. 

  • It's time now to enter your first surfing competition if you haven't already.

  • You can also consider becoming an instructor or starting a surf school of your own.

  • Visit our “resources” section for Surfing and review each of the “Advanced” resources.