Surfing is a sport and lifestyle with no comparison. The feeling of salt on your skin, the warm sun on your back, and the power of the ocean can transform your life.  It’s lifestyle can promote inner peace, a more positive outlook, and overall healthy living. Those that know the feeling can’t wait to experience it again, and those that haven’t are in for a real treat.  There’s nothing like catching a good wave, and we can help you catch it. 

Island Camps offers a variety of surf programs for all ages and skill levels.  Our seasoned instructors of second and third generation surfers take great care in planning each lesson to insure that all of our participants enjoy their surfing experience to the greatest extent possible.  We consider many factors, such as current weather and ocean conditions, skill level and interests, and the individual needs of our participants.

We are currently offer free Saturday surf lessons, surf clinic, private one-on-one lessons, small group lessons of 2-4 students, large group lessons of five or more students, birthday parties and events. Whether you’re going out for the first time or looking to learn new tricks, we have a lesson designed for you. See you in the water!



Island Water Sports has been providing free lessons on Deerfield Beach every Saturday morning for the past 30 years. It’s our way of promoting a fun and active surf community. All experience and age levels are welcome as long as you can swim. Plus we provide all the equipment, but you're more then welcome to bring your own. Register online or in store today!

Free lessons are held every Saturday from 7:00 am until 9:00 am. Online registration will close once the maximum number of students have been met. If you are unable to register, you can still sign up for the paid group lessons at 9:30 am. We respect everyone's time and want to get the maximum time in the water having fun!

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Private lessons are the perfect way to learn how to surf! The hands on, one-on one training with professional instructors ensures you will have the fundamentals of surfing down, and will have a solid grasp of board handling, popping up and paddling. Most lessons are organized in two parts.

First you start off on the beach with your instructor explaining the basics of surfing, ocean safety, paddling and getting up on your board. Once the instructor feels confident with your abilities you'll hit the water and start practicing catching waves!

If you are an experienced surfer just looking to get some tips and tricks to improve your riding we can skip the ground school and head right to the water.

All lessons are tailored specifically for the customer, with a focus on ensuring you are having the most enjoyable experience both in and out of the water!

Lesson Time:  1.5 hours
Number of Students:  1
Price:  $99

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Small group lessons are perfect for family and friends. Our professional staff will plan a lesson based on your groups interests, skills and goals. Whether you’ve been surfing for a little or a long time, spending a session with your friends, family, or co-workers in the water can be a lot of fun. But, the more the merrier. If your group is planning on a surfing excursion, this package is perfect for you!   Get big discounts if you come in groups of 10 or more. Perfect for birthday parties, corporate team building, bachelor/bachelorette parties, school field trips, graduation parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and more.

Lesson Time:  1.5 hours
2 Students:  $85 per student
3-6 Students:  $65 per student
7-12 Students:  $55 per student
13-24 Students:  $45 per student
25 or more Students:  $35 per student


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Our group surf clinics are designed for people that want a smaller group session than our free lesson program allows. Also, space permitting, each student will have their own board the entire session instead of sharing.  Registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot. If the waves are good surfing will be taught. Otherwise, we'll teach stand up paddle.

Saturdays: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM & 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM & 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost: $30 per student

** Each class must have a minimum of 5 students to be held. **


or call us today to reserve a lesson with one of our experienced instructors.  (954) 427-4929

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What is the minimum age for surf lessons?

It is recommended that students be at least five years old before they begin lessons.

Where will the surf lessons be held?

We offer lessons at:

  • Deerfield Beach
    • Kirk Cottrell Pavillion
  • Boca Raton
    • South Beach/Palmetto Park Road
    • Spanish River Park
    • Red Reef Park

On request, an instructor may be able to hold the lessons at your hotel or other South Florida beach.

How long is a lesson usually?

A standard lesson lasts 90 minutes.  Thirty minutes are allowed for beach safety and travel to the beach; then at least one hour of time in the water.

What should I bring with me to the lesson?

You should bring a towel, sunscreen, a rash guard or extra t-shirt, and a camera for lot of great photo opportunities.

It is customary to tip the instructor?

Just like any service business, tips are always appreciated but not required.  A standard 10% - 20% is always appreciated if you feel it was a good lesson.

Where do I park?

Customers can park temporarily to pick up rentals and shop in the store. However, if you have a lesson, are participating in a tour or clinic, heading to camp or going to surf you must park in one of the garages or city parking lots. For more info on Deerfield Beach parking, click here.

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Call: 954-427-4929



"It’s been a month since our first surf lesson and I haven’t stopped going! I got my husband hooked in surfing as well! We now have a new sport and something to do every Saturday morning with our three kids! Island Water Sports is making our addiction a lot easier too! lol! They ROCK! :)"
-Enith Hernandez


"Island Water Sports is where I learned to surf in third grade and I’ve been going there ever since and its an amazing crew!"
-Shawn Simpson


"I learned to surf at Island in 1990. My brother and I both got our very first new-to-us boards there and took 0700 Sat lessons. I attended Surf Camp with Kurt in New Smyrna while my lil bro went to skate camp at Bible Town."
- Heidi Rhoades


"That was more than excellent. My daughter enjoyed it so much. Surfing is her new sport I'm sure about it. Awesome camp for kids.The instructors are very professional. Seemed like they had well trained counselors and I didn't have to worry about anything. Great experience for any kid to try out."
-Don Pepe (Budapest)


Lessons are provided by Island Surf & Sport, Inc.


Choose your program

We are happy to partner with Island Camps to offer camps, lessons, rentals, tours & private events


About Us

Kirk Cottrell started Island Camps in 1978 with one goal.  To take the surf hungry groms of the swell deprived Florida coast to find some real waves!  He organized surf trips to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, South Africa, the Bahamas and more.  Creating unforgettable memories and relationships that would last a lifetime.

Decades later, Cottrell’s kids run Island Camps and are blessed to continue to share the stoke of not only surfing but skateboarding, stand up paddling and skimboarding to the South Florida area.

Our goal at Island Camps is to challenge individuals to get out of their comfort zone, face fears and have fun.  Our family of accredited and professional instructors are passionate and knowledgeable about what they teach and are excited to share their experiences.  Whether it’s sharing the rush that comes with catching your first wave or the feeling of flight when you drop in on a skate ramp for the first time.  We live for these moments.