What are surf lessons?
Well first of all, they are a lot of fun, for everyone. Our surf lessons and surf instructors are very adaptable to what you want out of the surf lesson, some people want intense coaching and every bit of advice and feedback they can get, while others just want to have fun under the supervision of a trained surf lifesaver. Whatever your expectations are, our instructors are trained to accomodate that. So whether your looking to just "have a go" or if you really want to be pushed to your potential, or a little bit of both, our surf instructors are trained to meet your expectations.
What do we do on a surf lesson?
We start off at the surf school van (pictured on the front page of the website) where we introduce ourselves and get you kitted into a wetsuit and assign you a surfboard. Then we go to the beach and run through safety, how to catch the waves and how to stand up. This lasts around 15 minutes. Then you are guided into the water by the surf instructor and you start practicing! the surf instructor will be there the whole lesson to keep you learning and make sure your having a good time.
How far can surf lessons go?
We always get people coming back for more, and people often ask about how far the surf lessons can go, our instructors are surfers of a high standard and are able to teach you everything, however, at the intermediate stage (paddling out the back, catching unbroken waves and riding along the green wave) this requires specific surf conditions to facilitate this learning. So if you are hoping to learn more at an intermediate level, the lesson should be arranged when the surf conditions allow that level of learning (for example, big swell isnt favourable for learning to paddle out) you can contact us before booking for our guidance on when these conditions might be forecast.
Surfing at Llangennith beach
Llangennith beach is the best beach to learn to surf, it is a very flat beach that is open ocean facing (which means it gets all the swell, if the waves are small here there are no waves to be had anywhere else in Wales) the flatness of the beach means that big waves break very far out and dissipate their power before reaching the shallows, and then small waves will still offer long rides. It also means that small children can stay in the shallows and ride small waves while adults can go deeper and ride bigger waves (on the very same lesson!). The flatness of the beach also makes it a very safe beach to surf.
Weather and Surf
"it's forecast to rain is the surf lesson still going ahead?" ...absolutely, while surfing in the sunshine can be nice, surfing in rain and wind is part of the thrill of the experience, your going to get wet whatever the weather. Wales isn't known for its sunshine so its great to have an activity that doesn't rely on perfect weather! We do pay very close attention to the surf report, and luckily for us and our customers Llangennith beach offers year-round surf all through the stages of the tide. We will never run surf lessons in conditions that are even remotely dangerous. BACK