I have never surfed before, is Harlyn
Why should I select
Our location, Harlyn beach is the safest learning beach in the area and described as an "undiscovered gem" by the Sunday Times. It has all the facilities and is perfect for families, groups or individuals and has recently been voted as one of the top 5 family beaches in the UK. It is the closest beach to Padstow, and St.Merryn. Have a look at our location page
Instructors, We believe in offering you outstanding customer service and the highest level of surf tuition. Any programme is only as good as its staff and their training. The calibre of our surf instructors is probably our greatest asset. At
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What courses does
Where do the surf lessons take place? -- All of our surf lessons take place at
Can we keep the kit after the surf lesson has finished? -- After your surf lesson, we ask you to return the equipment. However, if you want to hire the equipment from us to practice in your own time, then we can arrange this for a small charge. Just check out our Surf Hire page.
After taking a beginners surf lesson, will I need any more lessons? -- The first surf lesson gives you the basics, gets you standing up on your board in the white-water surf zone, keeping you as safe as possible while you have loads of fun! If you want to progress to the ‘outback’ and ride unbroken waves, then you will need more surf lessons. Usually 4-6 lessons are enough for you to master the basics and be ready to go out and practice on your own. However, this depends on a number of factors, such as fitness and stamina, surf conditions, winds and tides. Check out our Lessons and Courses.
How many surf lessons do you recommend? -- This is down to your available time, budget, commitment, fitness levels and aspirations. For a beginner, we would normally recommend at least 2 or 3 lessons to start off as this would allow for a reasonable progression. However, for a more fulfilling development with a view to being able to keep on surfing for the rest of your life, a 5 or 6 lesson course is advisable. By the end of this, it is usually possible to get to a level where you could go out on your own and practice your skills.
How many surf lessons a day do you recommend on a course of lessons? -- Once again, this depends on your personal circumstances. As a general rule, if you have time, our recommendation is to take one surf lesson a day if you are on a longer course. This allows for plenty of rest between sessions. We tend to see better levels of progression from our students with this structure and motivation levels remain higher.Surfing is a demanding sport and people often overestimate how much they will be able to achieve quickly. Taking it easy and giving 100% on the session is the way to go.
What if I have a medical condition? Can I still take part in surf lessons? -- All customers must complete the course booking / enrolment form prior to their surf lesson. This gives us information on your medical condition and it is not disclosed to any third party. Please contact us in advance if you have any concerns about your health.
What times are the lessons at
I have been surfing for a while and I don’t want beginner type group lessons. What else can you offer?
Every single surfer or sportsperson, regardless of level, will always benefit from coaching. We offer improver and developer lessons specifically aimed at surfers who are looking to develop their skills. We can cater for everyone from a first time novice surfer to a competition level surfer.
What age range are your students? -- We have students of all ages from 5yrs old upwards. There is no upper age limit and we have introduced people in their sixties and seventies to the fun of surfing and paddleboarding.
Do you provide all the surfing equipment? -- Yes. We use foam surfboards with safety fins for all of our beginners and have a range of other boards for improvers. We use some of the best wetsuits on the market - XCel and Tikki and we have a winter and summer range. However, if you have your own equipment, you are of course welcome to bring it along.
What do I need to bring? -- You will need to bring a towel, sunblock, clothing suitable for the weather on the day, some money for refreshments and photos and plenty of enthusiasm!
Do I need to book? -- It is best to book in advance. If you leave it to the last minute or just drop in, there are no guarantees we will be able to fit you in. Many days, particularly in the height of summer, can be fully booked. We work to strict coaching ratios, so this places limitations on us with staffing levels. The earlier you can book your surf lessons, the better as this means you will definitely be able to have surf lessons at the time you want.
How do I book my surf course? -- Most of our surf courses (except those that include accommodation or special courses) can be booked online and we have a secure site for online payment. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email.
For all accommodation packages, we will check for availability and then get back to you at the earliest opportunity. We endeavour to answer all enquiries within 24 hours. Depending on the type of booking, a deposit may be required. This can be paid over the telephone, using a debit or credit card or via internet banking. Some bookings, especially large groups, will require full payment 14 days before arrival. After booking, a confirmation will be emailed or posted with all the information you require.
What sort of payment do you accept? -- We accept most major credit and debit cards, cheques or cash
What if conditions are unsuitable on the day? -- When learning to surf novices need small surf conditions similar to how a novice skier learns on the gentle nursery slopes. Feeling safe and comfortable enhances learning much faster. We operate from one of the safest and best learn to surf beaches in