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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Harlyn  Surf School right for me? --  Harlyn is one of the safest beaches on the North Cornish coast. Being a north facing beach allows us to offer a variety of activities such as coasteering, kayak tours, stand up paddleboarding and surfing. For many surfers Harlyn is a great place to learn and improve and we also have a great selection of hire kit available. 

Is Harlyn Surf School regulated? --  YES! Harlyn surf school is also a training centre for its sister company Water Skills Academy which provides instructor training for coasteering, stand up paddleboarding, surfing and lifeguarding courses. We know the importance of having top quality training and hold an Adventure Activity license, the only surf school in North Cornwall to do so.

Why should I choose  Harlyn Surf?  Safe location, 22 years of experience, friendly staff and a great choice of activities.

How can I book and do I need to book in advance? Wrecommend advance booking so we can get you booked in on the day of your choice. You can book in with us via email, phone or at the beach. A small deposit is required to secure your booking

Our location Nearest sat nav postcode is PL28 8SB. Harlyn bay is well signposted in the immediate area. 2 miles from Padstow. park in the large beach car park and walk on to the beach, you will see our wooden clad container.

Is there parking? There is a large beach car park with plenty of availability, costs are £4. Please do not park in the Harlyn Inn car park.

Where do the sessions take place? our surf lessons, coasteering and kayaking all take place from Harlyn beach. If you book a stand up paddleboard session these are generally held on the Camel estuary in Padstow unless the conditions are appropriate to operate at Harlyn.  

What if the conditions are not appropriate for my booked session? If we deem the conditions not appropriate on the day we will try and contact you in advance. Please note conditions can change very quickly and it is not always possible for us to contact clients.  If the session is cancelled we will try and rearrange or offer you an alternative activity subject to availability (see terms and conditions). The weather can be unpredictable and the safety of our clients is very important to us. Please note we do not cancel if it is raining. 

What equipment is provided? we provide you with quality wetsuits and any other specialist equipment for your chosen activity. 

What do I need to bring? Please bring a towel, swimwear for under your wetsuit, sunscreen and any refreshments you require. If you are coasteering you will need to bring trainers that you do not mind getting wet or wetsuit boots. We do not accept open toed shoes or beach shoes.

Is there somewhere to leave belongings? We recommend leaving your belongings in your vehicles once changed. We can look after your keys when you are in the session. We ask you not to leave your personal belongings around the surf school as it can get very busy around our base. 

How can we pay? On the beach we take card or cash. If you pay in advance then card over the phone, paypal online or cheque. 


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