Saltwater Dreaming Surf School

About Surfing Instructors and Reviews

About Saltwater Dreaming Surf School

Saltwater Dreaming Surf School Phuket has been in operation since 2002.

Learn to surf with the only accredited surf school in Phuket, Thailand run by qualified surfers. Operating now for 18 years, we are the original surf school in the Bang Tao area and we have lots of experience and knowledge to share with our students.

Surfing Lessons are broken down step by step, so everyone can follow and understand.

About Our Surf School Instructors

About Your Head Instructor

Rick Head Surf Instructor

Rick Gamble born in Sydney Australia, has been surfing since the early 70’s, prior to this he joined the junior lifeguards (nippers) at the age of 6. Rick now resides in Phuket and runs a busy surf shop and surf school.

Rick has free surfed extensively throughout Australia and Asia, first visiting Bali in 1983. In 2001 he was a semi finalist and quarter finalist in 2000 in the Quiksilver Phuket Contest. Not driven by competing, Rick surfs for the pure stoke and enthusiastically shares this stoke with his students.

Previously he was and still is a registered nurse in Australia and during his time in Thailand spent 7 years working in management positions in 5 star hotels.

Now accredited by the NSSIA as a full surf instructor and surf school. The team with a 100% success rate, will have you up and surfing in no time.

Our Surf School Instructors

Jai Learn to Surf Instructor

Jai
Learn to Surf Instructor

Kay Learn to Surf Instructor

Kay
Learn to Surf Instructor

Jimmy Learn to Surf Instructor

Jimmy
Learn to Surf Instructor

Surf School Accreditation


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Check our customer’s surf school reviews on Tripadvisor

Lots more reviews below

“Saltwater Dreaming is the best surf shop on the island by far” Pacific Longboarder Magazine


“Undoubtedly the island?s best surf shop” Lonely Planet


Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 54 ratings)

Great Time!

Chloe Learn to Surf

I had a great time learning surfing in saltwater dreaming. Please find the attached photos.

Chloe (Hong Kong)

Awesome Experience

Thank you guys for a great experience! It was awesome!!

Kenneth Drids (USA)

Super beginner surf lessons and professional instructors

Learning To Surf

Had the best experience learning to surf with saltwater dreaming.

The conditions are perfect for beginners located on bang thao beach.

We quickly learn how to stand on the board, making the learning fun and at the same time progressing through the lessons.

So thanks to Saltwater Dreaming for making our vacation fun and memorable.

Lise (France)

Great activity for kids

Most people don’t come to Thailand to go surfing, but Saltwater Dreaming operates in a very calm and beautiful beach area which is great for teaching people how to surf.

Rick, the owner, doesn’t just give you a board and send you out there… he takes his time and really teaches people how to paddle, catch waves, and stand up.

He also teaches kids to respect the ocean and beach environment.

Don (USA)

Easily the Most Fun I’ve Had at the Beach… Ever!

Saltwater Dreaming Surf School

Lessons here are incredible. In under an hour Rick had me paddling out for waves, standing up on the board, and having a blast!

The coaching here goes far beyond the technical aspects of surfing and gets really deep into respecting the ocean and embracing the sport.

Fantastic introduction to surfing, I’m hooked… I’ll be returning shortly to pick up a board of my own!

Jason (Columbia)

Fantastic! Great teacher

Learn to surf student

I have had a few lessons with Rick over the past few seasons and thought it was time to thank him.

He is a very professional surf coach who starts off by teaching the basics to give you an understanding of the waves, water and surf before getting into the water.

He was always patient and from the first day I could stand up and ride a wave

Now I go back for a session and still he can really help me each time

Highly recommended!

David (Australia)

What a great day/way to learn

Rick is just a wonderful teacher and I can highly recommend his school for any new surfers.

This was so much fun I wish I had sorted this school out my first day in Phuket and made arrangements to spend several days learning to surf.

I was able to stand up multiple times during my first lesson and felt very comfortable and safe with Rick and his staff helping me.

I feel I have the basics under my belt and can’t wait to get home and show off my new skills.

Jill (USA)

Excellent surfing experience with Rick

My wife and I got 3 days of wonderful lessons with Rick and his team in late August.

It’s marvellous that we could even stand on the surf board during the first lesson.

Rick is a very experienced instructor and helped us catch great waves to ride.

We had great fun for the 3 days lesson and would definitely surf again with Rick’s team next time in Phuket.

Vincent (Hong Kong)

Great surf lessons, easy to understand and practice

Rick and his team will train you what ever you level is for a great surf session.

I have tried other in Phuket and I have to admit that Saltwater got the most comprehensive and pedagogue trainers.

William (UK)

Loved it! Great lessons, wonderful instructor & team!

Learn to surf student

We just got back from 2-day beginner sessions and we loved it!

Rick (head instructor) and his team was just amazing.

They were very good and certainly know what they are talking about!

They patiently taught us and helped us (so much) throughout the sessions.

We will definitely go back soon!

Jane (Thailand)

Phuket Highlight!

Rick and his team are professional, guaranteed to have an awesome experience.

3 or 5 day surf lessons are highly recommend, you’ll be catching green waves in no time.

Saltwater Dreaming Surf School is by far the best in Phuket.

Thanks guys.

Kosi (South Africa)

Enjoyed Every Single Lesson

That I had with Rick and his team.

The lessons before each surf session is technical and highly informative.

Rick’s team are all very helpful and attentive.

I caught many waves because of them, and for that I am very grateful.

Even in the stormiest of conditions, Rick’s team made us all feel very safe.

Had so much fun!

Chris (Hong Kong)

Best Surf Instructor!!!

kids learn to surf

What to say? My daughter who is 12 and my friends son who is 15 were signed up for surf lessons on Bangtao Beach with Rick from Saltwater Dreaming.

He showed an amazing ability to connect with young people.

He was relaxed and easy going, and….. amazingly, he had both kids standing on the birds on their first wave!!!

I would recommend Rick anytime!!

Next time we are back in Phuket, my daughter will be back looking to get Rick to take her out surfing for sure!!

Can’t thank you enough!!

Mike (Norway)

Great Intro to Surfing, No Hype

As many of the other reviews attest, Rick is a great instructor.

He spent 30 minutes with me talking about surfing and waves and beach dynamics before we even went in the water.

Unlike the other surf establishments I saw on Bangtao Bay that appear to just rent out boards to travelers and send them on their way into the waves, Rick takes the time to teach you to surf.

I was up and surfing on the board with 10-15 minutes, thanks to his attentiveness.

I will plan to spend another day (or two) on the water with him during our next visit to Bangtao Bay.

Paul (China)

Excellent instructors, highly recommended

Excellent instructors, very patient, clear instructions, very safe, my girlfriend doesn’t know how to swim but still be able to stand on the board on the first lesson, price is right.

They provide everything so no need to bring many things, wear swimsuit is ok.

If wear glasses remember to buy a strip at their shop to avoid losing it.

A little bit far from Patong beach but we drove to their shop so not a big problem for us.

Edward (China)

Great, professional outfit

Rick explained everything we needed to know before hitting the water and was very calm and patient.

I took my son along and we both loved it, despite the torrential rain!

We both managed to stand up and we will certainly take surfing up as something we can do together.

Thanks Rick and the team, you deserve every success!

Rob (Krabi)

Great instructor!

Instructor and patient and made us feel comfortable.

We could stand on our first lesson!

Highly recommend!

Crystal (USA)

Amazing!

Best week surfing with rick and his team (VERY good value for money).

So friendly, helpful and accommodating.

Can’t recommend enough.

Ella (UK)

Amazing surf lessons

Learn to surf student

Really good surf lessons given by Rick who is great at explaining everything and very patient and willing to help throughout the lessons!

Went with friends and was great fun!!

Highly recommend for beginners and for those who have had previous lessons.

Thank you for a great 5 days 🙂

Elaine (Scotland)

Very Kind and Patient!

Learn to surf student

Had a great lesson today with a lot of fun �

The teachers are very kind and patient!

Would definitely recommend �

Natasha (Germany)

Friendly and Patient!

Booked 2 lessons for my 7 and 9 year old kids. The instructors were friendly and patient.

My kids enjoyed this experience very much and wanted some more.

Thanks!

Christine (Hong Kong)

Definitely Recommend It!

Learn to surf student

Great experience learning surf from scratch, thanks to the good advices from the instructor (Rick) and his team. I definitely recommend it.
Wide choice of surfing equipment, accessories and clothing available at the surfshop.

Thomas (France)

Wonderful Family Time!

My 2 day surf lesson with my elder daughter (for our original plan) turned to be a wonderful family time in the second day as my wife and the younger daughter asked to join on the second day.

Rick is licensed instructor so we have no doubt on him. Khun Jai, who was taking care the kids, was the highlight for kids.

She worked very well with the kids and made sure that the kids was going to have a good surfing time.

Don (Thailand)

Great Experience!

Learn to surf student

My husband and I were able to take two lessons with the crew from saltwater dreaming.

They left us wanting for several more lessons with them–we just ran out of time unfortunately!

Considering lessons?

Do it with this local shop!

They are very kind, knowledgeable, and have great equipment for you to use.

Thank you again for a great 2 day experience!

Heather (USA)

Amazing Surf Experience!

Learn to surf student

We had a super fantastic time and amazing surfing experience with Rick and his crews. The lessons were just amazing with both theory and in-action!! Definitely go back again!!!

May (Thailand)

Just Loved It!

Learn to surf student

We just took 2-day beginner classes and we just loved it! Rick (head instructor) taught us a lot and we got to practice a lot during our sessions. Everybody was so friendly and helpful. We plan to take more classes in the near future. Surely recommend it to everybody, especially beginners like us!

Jane (Thailand)

Great lessons! Great teachers!

Did the 5 day programme, Rick and the team really taught us everything we need to know to be able to surf. Great lessons! Great teachers!

John (New Zealand)

Learnt a Lot!

Thanks for the lessons! I have learned a lot and will continue another holiday with surfing.

All the best and see you a next time.

Ps: I will certainly recommend you to other people!

Monique (Holland)

Great Experience!

Thank you for the great experience! It was really fun.

Lots of thanks,

Yana (Germany)

Perfect Classes!

I would like to say thank you we are very pleased. They were perfect classes!

Alexey and Yana (The Netherlands)

We had a great time

Just to convey our thanks for the lessons… unanimously agreed that we had a great time.

Cheers,

Dan (USA)

School Is The Best

I know, your school is the best, so can i learn school surf with Rick?

Safina (China)

Great Time!

Thanks Rick. We had a great time today!

Nate (USA)

Great Lessons

Thanks again for the great lessons, I’ll make sure to sign up for more next time in Phuket.

Chris (USA)

Experience That Will Stay With Me Forever!

Learn to surf student

Some experiences are forgotten, some are remembered, and others become a part of us. Thanks again for a great lesson and an experience that will stay with me forever.

Time to hit the waves in Okinawa!

Cheers,

Evan (USA/Japan)

We Had A Blast!

We had a blast! Thanks, Rick!

Christy (Australia)

Great Surf Lesson

Nice meeting you and thanks for the great surf lesson last Thursday.

Katherine (Germany)

Wanna Go Surfing Again

Annie Learning to Surf

Now I´m back to Norway (actually almost a month :P).

I wanna go surfing again in Phuket when I go to Thailand next time ?

Annie (Norway)

Fantastic Surf Lessons!

Learn to surf student

I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic surf lessons you gave me at Bang Tao Beach. I really enjoyed it!

Attached you will find some pictures.

Take care!

Best regards,

Jennie (Sweden)

Thank You

Thanks for lessons. It was good to be able to stand up. I’ll try and get a third lesson in January or February once settled back into New Zealand.

Thanks,

Grant (New Zealand)

I’m Addicted!

I had a great time learning to surf and now I’m addicted to it. I’ll be back again, and on the next visit I’ll stay somewhere near Bang Tao Beach.

Thanks for the surfing lessons, your a great teacher. ?

Cheers,

Kayla (Germany)

Thank You

im just writing to say thank u for the classes and i hope i can use the knowledge to enjoy surf around the world. Have a great year with your family and friends. Good waves and blue sky in Phuket. Thanks,

Luciana (Portugal)

Learnt a Lot and Enjoyed!

Many thanks to you and also Kay for the lessons for past few days. I really learnt a lot and enjoyed ?

Cheers,

Gwean (Singapore)

Great Lessons..Very Good Teacher!

I left Phuket a week ago and i didn’t have time to say goodbye.

I would like to tell you thank you for the great surf lessons. I really enjoyed it and you are a very good teacher! I Hope to continue to surf ?

I hope to come again

Best regards,

Sarah (Germany)

Awesome Teachers!

Thank you for this time and hope to see you again, give my best to K as well, you’re both awesome teachers! ?

Hannah (Sweden)

Wonderful Time

I had such a wonderful time today. Just a great way to spend the day. Hope to see you again.

Jill (Australia)

Awesome Lessons!

Learn to surf student

Thank you for two awesome lessons! ?

Yuan (China)

Extraordinary Experience

Hi Rick and your team, Thanks for giving me a extraordinary experience to learn how to surf and enjoying more the ocean!

Joyce (hong kong)

Full of Fun

Thanks for the lesson. It’s full of fun and we’ll definitely try again when we are back home.

See you next time when we come again.

Vincent (USA)

Professional Guidance!

Thank you for all you did for a beginner like me!

Sure I will try to find opportunities to practice and come again for your professional guidance! Thank you!

Ni Lin (China)

Great Lesson!

Thanks so much for the great lesson!!

Jessica (USA)

Just Loved It!

Learn to surf student

We just took 2-day beginner classes and we just loved it! Rick (head instructor) taught us a lot and we got to practice a lot during our sessions.
Everybody was so friendly and helpful. We plan to take more classes in the near future. Surely recommend it to everybody, especially beginners like us!

Jane (Thailand)

Great Experience

It has been a great experience learning to surf with your school and getting to know you and your team:) Thank you again for your kind hospitality.

I plan to come back in September

Ying (Thailand)

Great Family Day

Thanks for the surf lessons. We had a great family time yesterday.

Don (Thailand)

We had a great time in Phuket. Thanks again! Hope to see you soon again there!!

All the best and cheers to Phuket
Martin


"Thank you, this by far is the best surf site I've ever seen and I'm 62!!"

Earl
United States


I had a great time learning to surf and now I'm addicted to it. I'll be back again, and on the next visit I'll stay somewhere near Bang Tao Beach.

Thanks for the surfing lessons, your a great teacher. 😉

Cheers,
Kayla


Thanks for lessons. It was good to be able to stand up. I'll try and get a third lesson in January or February once settled back into New Zealand.

Thanks,
Grant.


I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic surf lessons you gave me at Bang Tao Beach. I really enjoyed it!

Attached you will find some pictures.

Take care!

Best regards,

Jennie


Now I´m back to Norway (actually almost a month :P).

I wanna go surfing again in Phuket when I go to Thailand next time 😉

Annie


Nice meeting you and thanks for the great surf lesson last Thursday.

Katherine


We had a blast! Thanks, Rick!
..Christy


Some experiences are forgotten, some are remembered, and others become a part of us. Thanks again for a great lesson and an experience that will stay with me forever.
Time to hit the waves in Okinawa!

Cheers,

Evan


Hi Rick,

Thanks again for the great lessons, I'll make sure to sign up for more next time in Phuket.
Chris


Thanks Rick. We had a great time today!
Nate


I'm back in Hawaii now. That 6'2" Piranha board is killer...rides just like one of my Glen Minami's. I surfed Kamala right after we talked...it was crankin' Then I caught Kalim in the evening with three Thai local guys out.

It was putting out solid 4 to 6 foot down the line rights. (2 to 3 Hawaiian) I was pumped...even got a little backside barrel on my last wave.

Anyway, it was great meeting you. Your boards are the finest...

I'll be back. =)
Aloha,
Mark


received my ordered board and accessories today. The postman had some trouble finding me, but it all worked out in the end 🙂 Everything looks great by the way, and I want to thank you again.

Thank you very much, it has been a great pleasure doing business with you 🙂 You are very professional and answer my constant nagging quickly, and if I ever get the change to recommend you to others I surely will!!

Now i just need to find the waves 😀

Thanks again and have a nice day 🙂

André =)


Happy customer! thanks! Please keep me posted on new
arrivals(skimboards/bodyboards).
cheers!


Hi guys,,I always buy my wax from you,gecko glue,,it's the best wax I have used in my life,,,I started surfing when I was six,,,now I'm fifty.you do an excellent job with all your products,,you are quick and your extra little gifts are an attribute to all of you,,,hope to get there and meet you all one day.you are awesome.

kindest regards Daryl-Australia


I have ordered 2 times now and have experienced excellent customer service. The order arrived quickly and I was given a tracking number without asking. Will buy again. Thanks Guys!
? Jake, Thailand


Thank you I order already two sets (for security). I appreciate your service.
-Thierry, Thailand


As I am french, i have the tendency to complain quite a lot 😉 much more then I should mention when I am happy about something.

I have to say that I am impressed with the speed of the package (i just received the T shirts). The quality of the T shirts is excellent, the design of the with T shirt Polynesian style is awesome and the neck logo (to write the brand name and how to wash it) makes it compete with Quicksilver shirts type range that cost more then 1,500 THB....

You can be sure that when I need shirts (or my wife or my daughter), I'll get back to you.
Cheers
-Amir, Thailand


Hi,
Just received the go pro floating device. As usual very fast and in perfect condition.

 


im just writing to say thank u for the classes and i hope i can use the knowledge to enjoy surf around the word. Have a great year with your family and friends. Good waves and blue sky in Phuket. Thanks,

Luciana
Brazil


We have bought your surf board and some other accessories. This was just the reminder that maybe you still remember us =) Because we wanted to let you know that the board was "tested" in the waters of Bali and Sri Lanka and my son is very happy so we made a good choice by buying a board from your shop for which we thank you very much.

Kris
Malaysia


I left Phuket a week ago and
i didn't have time to say goodbye.

I would like to tell you thank you for the great surf
lessons. I really enjoyed it and you are a very good
teacher! I Hope to continue to surf 😀

I hope to come again

Best regards,

Sarah


Many thanks
to you and also Kay for the lessons for past few days.
I really learnt a lot and enjoyed 🙂
Cheers,

Gwean


Hi Rick and your team,

Thanks for giving me a extraordinary
experience to learn how to surf and enjoying more
the ocean!

Joyce from hong kong


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