Surfing lessons in Cornwall

Surfing in Cornwall is so special, offers some of the best waves in the UK for beginners and advanced riders. Based in St Ives Bay, Cornwall we have 6 to 8 local surf spots all within a few miles, St Ives bay is an ideal place to base yourself for a surfing holiday whether as a total beginner or seasoned nut.

Learn the basics of surfing or fine tune your surfing technique with a lesson at one of Cornwall's longest running and most highly regarded surf schools. Both surf school takes surf instruction seriously and work hard to make sure that your surfing lesson is as fun and rewarding as possible. For this reason all of our coaches are fully qualified as surf coaches, lifeguards and first aiders and two have even coached the British Junior Surfing Team on a number of occasions.

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  • Location – Gwithian and Godrevey
  • Duration – 2 hours per lesson + 1 hour FOC board rental
  • Age group – From 8 years old
  • Cost – From £30.00 pp




Beginner surfing lesson

Beginner surfing lesson
So you’re thinking of taking the plunge and booking your first lesson. Well done! This is the first step to being a surfer – you’ll never look back.

During your first splash you can expect to learn about the surfing environment and how to control your surfboard safely. We’ll teach you how to paddle the surfboard, catch waves and the different techniques of standing up. You can also expect to learn a little about surf etiquette and which waves are most suitable for you to surf on.


Improver surfing lesson

Lesson 2 – Intermediate
So you’ve had your first lesson, caught your first few waves and you’re hooked. Now it’s time to improve your wave selection, work on your paddling technique and ‘trim’ – that’s controlling your speed on the wave by re-positioning yourself relative to the surfboard and laying down your first turns. You’re still in the whitewater but those green waves further out don’t look quite so daunting anymore.


Intermediate 1:1 coaching

Intermediate 1:1 coaching
This is a perfect way to progress your surfing skills and take full advantage of 1:1 professional coaching that includes video analysis, tips on reading the line-up, paddling and positioning techniques and hints to develop your wave riding and repertoire.


Lesson times and kit

Surfing lesson times are:

  • AM. Check in at 10:00am | Start at 10:30am – finish at 12:30
  • PM. Check in at 1:30pm | Start at 2pm – finish at 4pm
  • When you guys call in we have the tides for the whole year so we can tell you what would be the best time to be on the beach to catch the best wave for your ability.
  • The Beginner/ Improver surfing courses are two-hour lessons that cover safety issues, catching waves, standing up, turning and controlling the surfboard.
  • Surfboard and wetsuit are provided free of charge for any of our lessons.


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