Beginner Surf Lessons
With our beginner surf lessons, we introduce you to key surfing fundamentals, beach safety, and the exhilarating feeling of catching your first wave!
Beginner surf lesson
Our introductory surf lessons are a great first step in the art of surf riding. Lessons include a friendly Coast to Coast qualified instructor and top of the range equipment! Each lesson lasts 2 hours. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get ready. Click ‘details’ to see what we cover.
- Introduction to safety in the sea and equipment terminology
- Negotiating the surf zone and learning to catch your first waves
- Learning to stand with control and good stance
- Lessons are open to complete beginners
- Midweek evening classes are adult only
- Surf one of the best beginner-friendly beaches in Scotland
- Book online in few easy steps
Beginner '+' surf lesson
Our Beginner + surf lessons help develop technique and control in the white water. We recommend two lessons at this stage as you learn how to stand for longer with more style, understand speed control and learn a variety of turning techniques.
Standard lessons last for two hours. This is from the lesson start time to finish time in the water. Please allow roughly 15-30mins extra for the walk back and changing.
Most classes are groups, with ratios of one instructor to 8 pupils. More advanced surf and paddleboard classes can be smaller number. For classes with younger participants we normally provide assistants to compliment the instructors. We can offer weekday private classes and these will appear on our website when we have availability?
Please bring a towel, swim costume and sun protection. It can also be useful also to bring £1 coins for the surf centre hot showers and the beach car park. There are local places to eat within 5-15 minutes walk and there is also a food van that sells coffee, cakes and toasties at certain times of the year in the beach car park.
We provide excellent wetsuits and accessories appropriate to conditions so you are warm and comfortable throughout the year. All surfboards, skateboards, paddleboards and bodyboards are also included in the cost of lesson. And safety equipment is provided for coasteering and skateboarding classes.
You can find level guides for SUP and Surf under the corresponding tabs on our website.
For all lessons and hires we require all participants to be able to swim a minimum of 50 metres unaided.
We have a team of experienced instructors who have current surf lifesaving qualifications and surf and play in our waters regularly. All of our activities are regularly risk assessed to ensure customer safety. We also are assessed by AALA every two years.
We advise you not to take part if pregnant. We understand many pregnant women have taken part in sport successfully but due to the potential to fall or for a board to hit the body in our main three sports, we prefer to be cautious and will welcome you back with open arms when you have brought your new arrival into the world!
All classes on the east coast meet at the
Belhaven Surf Centre
36 Back Road (on Shore Road)
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