Surf School

The best place in lisbon to learn to surf

Located in Costa da Caparica

Surf lessons suitable for all levels

At Gota Dagua we offer group lessons with a maximum of 5 students per surf instructor, private surf coaching, and surf courses. You can either book an individual surf lesson or a bundle pack at a reduced price. We specialise in surf coaching for all age ranges and abilities. With our personalized teaching method, video coaching and analysis we will ensure your surfing training is customized to your abilities and improves upon your individual surfing technique.

Kids

Summer & easter kids surf camps

The younger you begin to surf the more comfortable and natural you will be inside the water. We recommend that kids begin catching their first waves from the age of 4 onwards. Our experienced surf coaches will ensure that all the kids learn in a safe and supportive environment.

During the easter and summer holidays, we have weekly programs for kids which include surfing and outdoor activities. Our kids camp is designed for children and teenagers from the ages of 6 to 18 years old. We also offer our Junior Surf summer camps for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. These camps include accommodation, surf courses, food and activities alongside 24 hour supervision from our dedicated team.

Board rentals

Grab a board from as little as 1 hour

Ensuring you have the right equipment and gear for the conditions has a huge impact on your performance. That’s why, in our surf school we have a wide selection of surfboards and wetsuits for you to choose from to suit all surf conditions. We want you to make the most out of every surf session. We have wide and regular softboards, also known as foamies, that are perfect for beginners or for a fun session when the conditions aren’t optimal. Epoxy and high performance boards are also available for more advanced surfers. We have a full range of wetsuits in all sizes and thicknesses. We ensure our wetsuits are always clean and kept in good condition. Our goal is to keep you warm and provide you with the necessary equipment, so that you can focus on just one thing, surfing.

Surf lessons in lisbon portugal

Come and learn how to surf in one of the best surf locations in Portugal. The long beach break in Costa Da Caparica provides waves which are suitable for surfers at all levels. We provide lessons customised for beginners and surf coaching for more advanced surfers. Wetsuits and boards are provided for all lessons. Book now below in order to secure your spot!

Lisbon surf tours

If you are staying in Lisbon and would like to experience surfing in Portugal then we also offer one day trips which includes group lessons, transfers to and from Lisbon, equipment and insurance. We will arrange a pick from one of our designated pick up points across the city to our surf school in Costa Da Caparica with return transfer at the end of day. Maybe you would prefer to spend a relaxing day on the beach, we also offer beach transfers only. Book now below in order to secure your spot!

1 Day Surf Experience

Beginners or Intermediate

  1,5 hour per lesson

  Board & Wetsuit

  Max. 5 students per Instructor

 Insurance

  Transport from Lisbon to the beach

  Meeting point: marques do pombal

  Tour time: 10:30am to 3pm

Price:

45€

1 Day Free Surfer Experience *

Independent surfers

  Only for advance surfers

  Board & Wetsuit

  Transport from Lisbon to the beach

  Meeting point: marques do pombal

  Tour time: 10:30am to 3pm

 

 

Price:

35€

Levels

Learn how to surf with us

Level 1 (beginner)

Maybe it’s your first time surfing or you have tried a few times before, but still don’t quite have the confidence to paddle out and catch those slightly bigger waves on your own. Perhaps you need some extra support perfecting your technique and would like to increase your surfing knowledge. If so, this level is perfect for you!

At this level you will learn all the basics of surfing in a safe and supportive environment. You will learn about the surf equipment, how to take care of it properly, safety information and surf etiquette. You will also gain an understanding of how the wind, tide, swell and currents interact with each other and how it affects the waves you surf. Alongside your surf coach we will ensure that you perfect your technique while practicing on smaller waves, building your surf knowledge and becoming confident enough to catch the wave of your dreams!

When you complete this level you will be able catch a nice selection of waves and understand surf hazards and currents. You will have sufficient practice of paddling, board control, standing up, correcting your balancing stance and even starting to make small maneuvers.

Level 2 (intermediate)

You’ve surfed many times before but you don’t quite feel confident paddling out to catch the unbroken green waves. You have a good paddling technique and you have already mastered the basic surfing knowledge (waves, winds, swell, currents etc.) If you are ready to bring your surfing skills to the next stage then this level is the one for you. Let’s work on catching that wave you’ve been dreaming of!

Here you will be more focused on catching unbroken green waves. We will continue perfecting all of your skills and make sure you are completely comfortable choosing and catching the right wave. We will also dive deeper into your surfing knowledge. You will learn to read tide charts alongside the swell forecasts and understand how to determine your best time to surf. You will learn which area is the best and the safest place to enter, paddle out, overcome waves and join the line up. We will focus more on the video coaching and video analysis after your surf lessons.

When you complete this level you will be able to catch unbroken green waves without assistance, deal with the other surfers on the line up, catch waves to your right and left and start generating speed on the waves.

Level 3 (advanced intermediate)

At this stage you are surfing regularly, have gained a lot of experience and you are able to catch waves alone to both the left and right. You know how to paddle out safely, get to the line up and you feel comfortable with other surfers around. You feel ready to start making more impactful maneuvers. If all this applies then this level is the one for you and we have the perfect training methodology to help you to get there!

Here you will be focusing on your surf performance and starting with more powerful maneuvers. You will have personalized coaching, through a continuous cycle of in depth video analyses, review and feedback.

We will focus on your timing and mastering a powerful take off, reading the waves and selection to get the most out of each surf session. You will be introduced to the bottom and top turn, cut back and re-entry maneuvers. Like the previous levels, we will dive even deeper into your surf knowledge. By completing this level you will be an autonomous surfer with the skills and confidence to have fun and enjoy surfing in all conditions.

Free surfer

We have a wide selection of surfboards including softboards, shortboards, mini malibus and also longboards for you to choose from. If you are comfortable and have the experience to surf without an instructor you can always grab a board and go. You can choose a different board each day depending on the conditions, to ensure you have fun on all the waves. Don’t worry, we will always have an instructor or someone certified on hand to help you to choose the best board.

Kids surf courses and summer camps

We provide surf lessons for children, from the ages of 6 to 12 years old in a safe & supportive environment. Each group will have a maximum of 5 participants per surf instructor to ensure that each child is supervised and receives adequate coaching. Kids surf lessons run all year round and are also included in the holiday packages for families where you can book to stay at our surf camp.

Kids holiday camps in portugal

During the Easter and summer holidays, we have weekly programs for kids which include surfing and outdoor activities. Our kids camp is designed for children and teenagers from the ages of 6 to 17 years old.

We also offer our Junior Surf summer camps for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. These camps include accommodation, surf courses, food and activities alongside 24 hour supervision from our dedicated team.

From 6 till 17 years old

Eastern / Summer Activities

Free ocupation time for kids

  Monday to Friday

  9 AM – 5 PM

  Lunch available (Extra 40€) 

  Surf, Climbing, Sliding & much more

  Transportation available (Extra 75€)

Price from:

190€

From 12 til 17 years old

Summer Camps

Sleep, eat, surf & much more

  7 nights accomodation

  Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  Surf Lessons

  Climbing, treeclimbing, slackline etc’

  24 hours supervision

  Swimming pool

  Safety rescue

  Skate lessons

  Beachc leaning

Price:

625 €

Make the most of your erasmus in lisbon

The best surf school for erasmus students in lisbon

Lisbon welcomes a huge number of international Erasmus students every year. As well as enjoying this beautiful city of culture, why not come join us here at Gota Dagua and learn how to surf during your semester abroad! Our surf school is located just south of Lisbon in Costa Da Caparica, a short drive across the stunning Ponte 25 de Abril bridge. The best place to enjoy the amazing Portuguese surf culture as well as start your own surf journey with our experienced surf instructors.

ESN (Eramus Student Network) exclusive partner

Our surf school offers the best discounts for all Erasmus students in Portugal. We are an exclusive partner of the ESN Lisboa (Erasmus Student Network Lisbon). We have surf lessons daily which are suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced. We are dedicated to making sure you have the very best surf experience, from catching your first wave to your first barrel! We want to help you make the most out of your Erasmus here in Lisbon.

We also offer much more than just surf lessons. Come enjoy a surf weekend full of activities including beach parties, BBQ nights, live music, beach cleanings, tours and much more. All right here at our surf villa, located just a short drive from our surf school in Costa Da Caparica. Come and enjoy the authentic surf lifestyle with us.

How much is a surf lesson for Erasmus?

We give a 50% discount for the Erasmus students that are studying in Lisbon / Setubal, but you need to show us your ESN card to have access to our discounts.

The prices are:
1 surf lesson – 15€
8 surf lessons – 110€ (13,75€)

If you have a friend that came to Portugal to visit you we also offer them a good discount. The price will be 20€ per lesson.

How much is a surf rental for Eramus?

If you just want to rent surf equipment you do not need any previous reservation. Our surf school is open every day from 9 am till 6 pm.

Price of rentals:
Surfboard and Wetsuit
1H – 10€
All-day – 15€
For long-term rentals please contact us.

If you have a friend that came to Portugal to visit you we also offer them a good discount. The price will be only extra 5€  above Eramus price.

If you want to book a surf class and join the fun then register now below!

Note: When you register for a surf class we will hold a spot for you. Please let us know in advance if you need to cancel to ensure that someone else doesn’t miss out on a place. 

Grab a board from as little as 1 hour

We have a wide selection of surfboards including softboards, shortboards, mini malibus and also longboards for you to choose from.

If you are comfortable and have the experience to surf without an instructor you can always grab a board and go.

Types of boards

How to book long term rentals?

1

CHOOSE

Select your board and/or wetsuit

2

CONFIRM

Make your booking

3

PICKUP

Decide a pickup time from our surf school

4

DROP-OFF

Return your board at the end of the rental period

What's included with your multi-day rental?

Our location

Costa da Caparica - the best surf spot in lisbon

Just a 15 minute drive away from Lisbon city centre, across the Tagus river, you will find the authentic and charming fishing village of Costa da Caparica. This beach break is one of the most consistent surf spots in all of Portugal, offering the perfect waves for surfers of all levels.

Costa da Caparica and the surrounding area boasts many stunning white sand beaches and untouched nature, surrounded by the breathtaking cliffs. The woodland that you will find here is dominated by stone pines and mastic-trees and is part of the Arriba Fossil botanical reserve. There are lots of pleasant walks to be found here which are outlined with trail signs.

Caparica is the perfect playground for all surfers. Due to its unique location we are blessed by great swells all year around. Most of the local beaches are divided by piers which help you grab the best waves and provide shelter on the windier days. You will find people surfing, skating, biking, jogging and doing workouts at the free outdoor gym located right next to our surf school. Take one of our bikes or a skateboard along the promenade and explore the amazing view!

In Caparica town centre you’ll find plenty of local surf shops and markets to buy all your surf holiday essentials. After surfing you can chill in one of the beach bars or try a local Portuguese dish in one of the nearby restaurants.

How to find us

By public transport:

Take the No.123 bus from Areeiro station direct to Costa Da Caparica and then it’s just a short walk to our surf school located at Praia do Tarquínio (Approx. €3 in total).

From Cais do Sodré, take the short ferry across to Cacilhas and then grab an Uber from there directly to our surf school (Approx. €10 in total)

By Uber

An Uber directly from Lisbon city centre will cost around €12 - €15

Faqs

Surf school

You can book lessons directly via our homepage. You can also contact us on Whatsapp, Facebook or via email.  If you are in the Costa da Caparica area, you can visit our main surf shop in Tarquínio Beach Bar and a member of our lovely staff will be happy to help with explaining the different packages and the lesson structure. We recommend that you book at least one day in advance to secure your spot.

Our surf school is open all year round from 9am to 6pm. On the rare occasion that the conditions are very dangerous or not suitable to surf we may decide to close the school. You can always contact us to check.

For the surf lesson you will be provided with a suitable wetsuit and board. You are also insured if anything happens to you or the board during the lesson. Each lesson is 90 minutes long. You will start with a warm up, some theory including safety points and technique practice before entering the water.

For the regular classes we choose between 2 main locations, Praia do Tarquínio and São João da Caparica. For advanced students we can choose an individual location depending on the individual surfer and their capabilities.

You will always be accompanied by a fully qualified instructor while in the water.

A maximum of 5 students will per surf instructor to ensure the best quality, time and attention during your lesson.

Lessons normally take place during the morning and afternoon in mid/high season. If you book a private class or surf coaching we will arrange a time which suits your needs. We take tide, wave and wind conditions all into consideration.

Learning to surf is not only technique but you also have to learn how to understand the ocean. Although, we do have many students who are able to stand up on their first lesson! To begin learning the basics, including all safety aspects we recommend at least 5 lessons.

We always divide the group into different levels to ensure we are focusing on the appropriate techniques.  You will be with people that are at the same surf level as you with a specific and certified instructor for each level.

All our instructors are fluent in both Portuguese and English.