Frequently Asked Questions
How long are the lessons?
Each lesson lasts for 2.5-3 hours.
Where do we meet for lessons?
We meet in Summerleaze Beach car park. We have a van and trailer set up at the far end of the car park near the beach entrance, you can’t miss us! Meet us there 5 minutes before your lesson so we can get some paperwork all filled out and then get you suited and booted ready for surfing!
What do I need to bring?
All you need to bring with you is your swimming costume to go underneath the wetsuit that we provide, and a towel to get dry with at the end.
How many lessons do you run a day?
We run lessons in the morning and afternoon every day as well as Sunset Surf Sessions most evenings.
What time so the lessons start?
We run up to 3 times per day, 9:30am, 1:30pm and 6:00pm. These times may differ slightly depending on the conditions on the day so always keep your mobile on in case we need to contact you to re-arrange the lessons!
What is the youngest that can take part in a surf lesson?
We teach from 8 years old in public lessons and from 5 years old in private 1:1 lessons.
Will I get my money back if I cancel my booking?
If you cancel far enough in advance of your booked lessons, yes we can offer a refund. We do not offer refunds if you cancel on us within 2 weeks of your lesson. We therefore recommend you take out suitable holiday insurance. If you cant make your lesson for whatever reason, we can also offer a gift voucher to give you time to come back and take your lesson on another time (valid for 2 years).
Do I need travel insurance?
We recommend you take out travel insurance in case of cancellation due to illness etc.
Are you open all year round?
Yes, we have all the best equipment that means you will be warm through the coldest months of the year. The only day we are “closed” is New Years day!
When is the best time to surf?
The surf is generally the best and most consistent from Autumn through winter and into Spring. The beaches are also a lot quieter so there is a lot more space in the water and generally smaller group sizes in the lessons. The water is warmest in July, August and September and there are great waves to learn on during these months, however there can be days of no surf at all, “flat days” with no surfing available.
Will I surf with other people of the same ability?
Yes, we try to stream classes by ability, so beginners are coached with other beginners, improvers are taught with other improvers and so on.
Do you provide boards and wetsuits?
We provide everything you need to surf; boards, wetsuits and even wetsuit hats, boot and gloves when needed, all included in the price of the lessons. We have soft boards, soft top/hard bottom boards and hard boards of all shapes and sizes; if you want to try please make a note when booking.
Are dogs allowed on the beach?
Dogs are allowed on both Summerleaze and Middle Beaches as long as they are on a lead between 10am and 6pm in the Summer months. From October – 21st May dogs are allowed on the beach all day without a lead.
Will you have a wetsuit big enough/small enough to fit me?
Our smallest wetsuits are children’s extra small and our biggest wetsuits are adults extra extra large. So we should have a wetsuit to fit you no matter how big or small you are.
Can I surf with my glasses on?
We recommend disposable contact lenses or prescription goggles for safety reasons. Metal framed glasses or glasses with glass (rather than plastic) lenses are the least safe. However, you can wear your glasses in the surf with a special head band to hold them on.
Do I need to book surf lessons or can I just turn up?
Each lesson has a limited number of places due to our low student to coach ratios. We also limit the number of places available to maintain the highest standards of coaching and ensure everyone gets lots of individual attention. Therefore it is vital to book as far in advance as you can.
Can I still surf if I am not a strong swimmer?
Our surf courses for beginners all take place in waist depth water. We are experienced at teaching people of all ages and with varying levels of fitness. The great thing about our lessons is that you can take them at your own pace and have a rest whenever you like. However, we do require all students to be able to swim a minimum of 50 metres without resting.
Is the sea cold?
The sea temperature varies depending up on the time of year. It gets up to 18 degrees Celsius by the end of the summer. Our wetsuits are full length and incorporate the latest in wetsuit technology. They are designed to keep you warm and comfortable whatever the weather. We want happy customers and cold customers aren’t happy, so we make sure the suits we provide are warm enough! They are also replaced every year.
Does it matter if it’s raining?
Surfing in the rain is great, and you’ll be getting wet anyway. Surfing is an ideal all weather activity and lots of our students tell us they were having such a good time they didn’t even notice the rain.
What if the surf is too rough?
Fortunately, Summerleaze Beach is really well protected in rough seas or strong winds. We can often surf at Summerleaze on beginner friendly waves when everywhere else in the area is too rough or too dangerous. If the wind gets too high and becomes dangerous to surf, we will not take any customers out in the sea, we can re-arrange your lessons to a day with better conditions.
What happens if there is no surf?
It is extremely rare for us to have no surf. However, if we decide the conditions are unsuitable, we will offer you a lesson on another day that is suitable for you, an alternative activity like Stand up Paddle boarding or a voucher valid for 2 years. See our booking conditions.
Are there group discounts?
Yes, we offer large discounts for groups of 5 or more as well as school and youth groups, corporate groups, stag parties and hen parties.
Do you cater for more experienced surfers?
We have coaches qualified and experienced in coaching all levels of surfer from beginner to elite. If you are finding you have plateaued with your surfing, an advanced lesson will give you lots of tips to go away and work on to help you keep progressing.