Locals Surf School


Locals Surf School is a National Surf Schools and Instructors Association (NSSIA) certified and accredited school that provides high-quality surf lessons, taught by professional and fun instructors in Rockaway Beach, New York. Their courses cover everything from basics to surf etiquette—the ‘unwritten rules’ and regulations of the ocean—to help keep all surfers safe and happy! If you live at Arverne By The Sea, surfing is the perfect recreational activity, with one of only two NYC surf beaches right on your doorstep.

Locals Surf School is a CPR and First Aid certified, fully permitted and insured surf school operated by Rockaway Beach natives who truly understand this surf beach and its waves. All of their instructors are current or former lifeguards, committed to providing surfers with quality, effective lessons in a fun and friendly environment. Their lessons are for all ages and abilities, from first-time surfers, to experienced surfers looking for constructive feedback.

Styles of Surf Lessons

While the group lessons are the most popular option at Locals Surf School, their professional instructors also offer semi-private and private instruction options. For those interested in pursuing surfing, there are sweet five-lesson packages that take you through the basics and beyond. Children enjoy the kids’ surf camp, while many local businesses dive in for company outings. All equipment is provided when you sign up for surf lessons, including a wetsuit, surfboard, wax, beach chairs, shade, and refreshments. All you need is a bathing suit, towel, and a positive attitude!

Surfing the Rockaways

The waves of Rockaway Beach’s surf beaches are just right for all styles and levels of experience, from beginners to experts. The life-long surfing enthusiasts and professionals at Locals Surf School can attest to this fact! All aspiring surfers should be at least fair swimmers, capable of floating and treading water. Warm water temperatures in the summer are great for surfing lessons and kids’ camps.


Locals Surf School can be found at Beach 67th Street and Beach Front Road in Arverne, New York. Their website, www.localssurfschool.com has a wealth of detailed information about their year-round course offerings, as well as current condition and surf reports. You can easily walk to their surf school from Arverne By The Sea—simply look for the black tent set up on the beach at 67th Street.

To contact Locals Surf School, visit their website at www.localssurfschool.com, or give them a call at (347) 752 2728!