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Award winning surf lessons in
Croyde Bay

From a single surf lesson to longer courses, we cater for all ages and abilities.
We also organise group surf sessions for businesses, schools and group SEN and adaptive surf lessons.

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The best surf experience

Surf South West have been offering surf lessons and learn-to-surf courses at Croyde Bay since 1996. We’re proud to be the original Croyde surf school, located just steps away from the beach and conveniently situated in the beach car park at Moor Lane in Croyde.

We’re also proud to be a gold award-winning surf school and Surfing England Training Centre of Excellence. Then means we can provide a wide variety of lesson choices including SEN and adaptive surf packages. Whether your eight or eighty, choose the package that suits you best and we'll ensure you get the maximum from your surf experience with us.

We offer surf sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers, all of whom will receive expert instruction throughout their lesson. Our specialist instructors include elite performance coaches and highly trained SEN and adaptive surf instructors. You can have complete confidence in their professionalism and know your safety is always their number one priority.

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Learn with us

Our surf lessons are suitable for beginners, improvers and elite sportsmen/women. If you are serious about improving your surf performance, you might be interested in our Beau Performance sessions which include videography and surf analysis. Private lessons can also be arranged if you wanted our instructors all to yourself – click here for more info. And of course, we’re delighted to provide group surf sessions for corporate groups, stag/hen groups, schools, charities and adaptive surfing clubs.

During your lesson, you’ll also have the use of our surf centre facilities which includes male/female changing rooms and a safe storage area. The surf school also has a reception area, indoor and outdoor seating areas and a toilet facility.

Whichever package you choose, the surf school is where your lesson begins and where you’ll meet our instructors. Our prices also include surfboard and wetsuit hire making them super competitive. We’ll kit you out and then head to the beach to start your surfing experience.

Your surf lesson begins with 15 to 20 minutes of on land coaching. We also teach you how to stay safe in the water and the basics of surfing etiquette. We then move into the waves where the fun truly begins. We’ll provide you with the supportive environment you need to create a fantastic surfing memory, one that you can share with family, friends and colleagues for years to come.

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group lessons

1/2 day

Morning or afternoon lesson. Available every day. All equipment is included. Suitable for complete beginners through to intermediate surfers.

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2 day

Discount rate for booking any two lessons. Can be taken on the same day or on separate days.

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Three lessons over 1½ days for quick improvement. Start any day of the week.

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5 lesson

Discount package for any five lessons for maximum progress. Spread them out over a week or pack them into 2½ days.

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Private surf lessons with an instructor exclusively looking after you and your group is a great way to ensure maximum progres.

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Our specially trained adaptive surf instructors and SEN surf coaches are available seven days a week - because waves should be accessible to everyone.

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This course is aimed at intermediate surfers that want to improve their surfing skills in a short space of time. The day includes video analysis, feedback, plenty of surfing and a chance to keep the footage for review.

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Introduce your team or workmates to an original and exciting activity. A corporate group surfing course is an ideal way for everyone to share the thrill of surfing.

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Every year, we find more schools are looking for a safe, adventurous activity for their students. We offer a wide range of courses including adaptive and SEN surf sessions.

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What could be a better way to enjoy a Stag or Hen Weekend than laughing at each other's attempts at learning to surf before heading to a local inn to celebrate in style.

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What our customers are saying

"I had two surf lessons with Surf South West and my surfing has gone to another level. They provided me with the teaching I needed. Started not being able to get up on the board, and finished standing up on every wave. All the members of staff were super social and friendly while I was there. Highly recommend."

Daniel Muldoon

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"1st Rate. Really good with kids and adults. Everyone is helpful and a real positive vibe. Everyone managed to stand up, but what really impressed was the way everyone was kept safe. We are already looking forward to next years lessons!"

Andrew Cooper

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"Me and a friend had an amazing time during our 2 days surfing. All our instructors were patient, enthusiastic, and really helped make everything easy to understand. It made our whole year. Thanks so much!"

Lily Chambers

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"My son had a great day with Surf South West. His group lesson was loads of fun, as well as being very instructive. It's the best holiday surf class we could have asked for! Thanks so much. It was well worth it."

Vic Womersley

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Birthday and Christmas vouchers are the most popular requests but we’ve even organised a wedding gift for one lucky couple!

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