Surf Lessons

Carolina Salt is the premier surf lesson provider in South Carolina. Pro surfer, Kyle Busey, is a Charleston local and knows Charleston’s surf inside and out. He’ll have you surfing on your very first lesson. We offer you a range of Surf lessons and camps to choose from. Whether you are looking for private lessons, group lessons or surf camps, we are here to cater to your specific needs. For your convenience we offer surf lessons in Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Kiawah Island.

Folly Beach

Kiawah Island

Private Island-Locations Vary

Isle of Palms

6th Avenue East

$79 to $150

Public – Private – Surf with Pro

Surfing 7 days a week

9am – 10:45 – 1:30pm

Length of Lesson

1.5 hours

Surf Lesson Options

Public Lessons: allow for a judgment free environment where beginners can learn a new skill and meet like-minded people. Our Public groups can be up to 10 surfers, come paddle out with us!

Private Lessons: Private Surf Lessons are perfect for the first time surfer or experienced surfer looking to take their surfing to the next level. During our 90 minute surf lesson you will learn essential fundamentals to guide you through the process of learning how to surf with our passionate, certified and knowledgeable surf instructors. We guarantee surfing results after your first lesson no matter your skill level.

Surf with the Pro: Surfing with the Pro is a unique opportunity to surf with South Carolina’s only pro surfer turned instructor. Taught by Kyle Busey, who has won numerous surfing competitions up and down the East Coast.  Kyle will provide unique one on one surfing instructions to improve your skills and increase your wave knowledge and ocean awareness in quick fashion. (Only on Folly Beach)

Early Bird Surf: A no nonsense dawn patrol surf session, only 1 hour long this surf option is for those that have surfed before and need verbal coaching or just want some super knowledgeable people to give them judgment free pointers on how to progress as we surf. (only offered M-F during the summer)

Details & Itinerary

In the first 10 minutes, you will focus on:

  • water entry
  • water safety
  • land instruction to perfect the pop-up and stance before entering the water

The remainder of the surf lesson will be filled with personalized surf instruction and you will learn

  • Standing up
  • Paddling
  • Wave timing and placement
  • Wave selection
  • Surfboard and wetsuit education
  • Wave physics
  • Surf etiquette and safety
  • Show up 10 minutes early to get ready
  • We start on the beach at 9am,10:45am, and 1:30pm(Kiawah only)
  • Lessons are 90minutes but we always end on a good wave
Best Times for This Excursion
The early surfer gets the wave, 9am is typically the best time! We highly recommend booking your lesson at the beginning of your trip incase of bad weather or if you get addicted and want to rent some boards for the rest of the week.
Where Do We Meet?
We Always Meet On The Beach

Folly Beach 1673 E Ashley Ave Public Beach Access

Isle of Palms 6th Ave East Public Beach Access

Kiawah Island Boardwalk 5 Beach Access


What You Should Bring
Show up in what you typically wear to the beach to get into the ocean aka boardshorts and bikinis. If you have a rashguard bring it along, we will provide if not.
What's the Student to Instructor Ratio?
For Beginners and small children we provide the industry best ratio of a 2:1 student to instructor ratio. If the students are more advanced we typically have a 3:1 student to instructor ratio.
What If I Never Surfed Before?
You came to the right place, we will start with the basics and get you riding waves in no time!
Are There Restrooms
There are no restrooms or changing rooms at the beach where we surf, but there is plenty of parking.
Where Do I Park?
Folly Beach has a paid parking lot and street parking.

Isle of Palms has street parking, show up early busy weekends parking is limited.

Kiawah is a private island and has a parking lot.

Why Should we Choose Carolina Salt?

We are very passionate about what we do, its our entire livelihoods. We are locals that grew up surfing these waves and love to share our knowledge with anyone who cares to listen, check out our About Us page for more background.

Taught By Experts

Leading the charge is Local Legend Pro Surfer and Owner Kyle Busey, his passion and surf knowledge is unlike any other in Charleston. He hand selects and trains only the best instructors so whether you get Kyle or one of our highly qualified instructors you are in good hands out past the breakers.

All Surfing Equipment Included

We provide everything you need! All you got to do is show up with a positive attitude and be ready to paddle out!

Surfboard, Rashguard, Wetsuit(Seasonal), and Free Photos(dependent on conditions)

What Makes Us The Best

We offer 100% satisfaction guarantee or it’s free because we truly believe in our ability to give you the best surf experience possible. We are all born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and due to our years of experience in the water each lesson is catered to the tide, waves, and current, as well as each individuals schedule and needs. We want to pass along our passion and knowledge to you. Our goal is to give you the time of your life and also an unforgettable surfing experience.

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