Frequently Asked Questions

Are you open every day of the year?
Our surf season starts at the start of April & finishes at the end of October.  During this time we are open every day including bank holidays and weekends.

How many lessons do you run a day?
We have one morning lesson and one afternoon lesson.  We can accommodate up to 32* surfers (normally split in to small groups of 8) in each lesson.

*Larger groups can be catered for – contact us.

Can courses be started on any day of the week?
Yes, subject to availability.DSC_0035

Will I get my money back if I cancel my booking?
We do not offer refunds for cancellations because we will have turned other people away.  We therefore recommend you take out suitable holiday insurance.

Do I need travel insurance?
We recommend you take out travel insurance in case of cancellation due to illness etc.

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.

intermediateAre dogs allowed on the beach?
Dogs are allowed on both Summerleaze and Middle Beaches as long as they are on a lead.

What age do you start from?
We teach from 8 years and up.

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 courses 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.

What do I need to bring?beginner
We will provide you with a surfboard, wetsuit and wetsuit boots/hat, if needed.  However, if you have your own wetsuit or surfboard feel free to bring them along.  You should also bring a completed health & safety form, (which we will provide upon booking), a towel and swimsuit, warm clothing for after the session, high factor waterproof sun cream, change for parking and any relevant medication (asthma inhalers, etc.).

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 courses are 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.

What time do the courses start?
We vary our start times to work around the tide and therefore ensure you get the best surf conditions in which to learn.  We will send you details of your lesson times with your booking confirmation.

DSC_0048Is 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.

When is the best time of the year to surf?
We open from the start of April to the end of October.  During this time the surf tends to be consistent and reliable.  However in our opinion the best times of year are April, May, June, September and October.

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.

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 or a voucher valid for 2 years.  See our booking conditions.

Are there group discounts? DSC_0276
Yes, we offer large discounts for groups of 9 or more as well as school and youth groups, corporate groups, stag parties and hen parties.

How long are the sessions?
Each session lasts 2.5-3 hours with around 1.5 hrs in the water.  These timings may vary considerably according to conditions on the day and the individuals surfing.

Why are your longer courses run on a full day / half day basis?
We include half days on our longer courses to give you a chance to rest and allow you time to relax and look around the area.  If you would prefer not have time off from surfing let us know and we can add extra sessions.

Do you cater for more experienced surfers?
We have coaches qualified and experienced in coaching all levels of surfer from beginner to elite.  Our Head Coach works with the British National Squad.  If your surfing could benefit from a coaching programme including areas such as fitness training, contest strategy, mental preparation and nutrition, get in touch and have a chat with Jon. We can design a course to suit you.