We hope to offer private surf lessons for beginners to intermediate level (level 1 to 4) for individuals from our experienced instructors.

Surf beginner lessons cover everything you need to learn initially including safety, equipment terminology and how to control your board in prone and how to stand.

Surf improver lessons offer the ability to learn how to catch small unbroken waves and improve basic speed and turning skills.

Surf intermediate lessons offer potential to work on fundamental basic skills such as bottom and top turns, speed generation and cut backs.

Bookings in the summer can sometimes clash with smaller conditions or flat surf sometimes. If this is the case we can offer alternative activities on the day.  Or we have flat day surf programmes for beginners and we also have a wealth of land based surf simulation drills for all levels with our selection of carver surf skate boards. We also offer fitness tips, paddle technique sessions and online analysis of technique to help you improve. So there are a range of options if surf does not coincide with your booking for your level.

A full list of our procedures and expectations are on our CV19 page.

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Learned more in one lesson than in 3 years surfing on my own! Best money I have spent in a long time!

Jason T, Glasgow

Lesson Information


Lessons last two hours and all equipment is provided.  All participants must be over 7 years old and able to swim 50 metres unaided.


We provide top of the range 5mm wetsuits, safe and stable softboards and all accessories required for the time of year so you're really warm! If you're more advanced we also provide hardboards.


We operate from the Belhaven Surf Centre, a wonderful brand new facility on the beach.

The surf centre has hot and cold showers and underfloor heated changing rooms next to the south side of Belhaven Beach.


All equipment is provided but please bring a swim costume towel and sun protection.

If you require medication such as inhalers, insulin etc, please ensure that you notify instructors so it can be taken to beach in our safety bag.


Standard lessons have a max ratio of 1 instructor to 8 pupils and often supplemented with an extra assistant. Advanced classes are 1:4 max.

Our staff all have lifesaving or beach lifeguard qualifications, are disclosure checked, and have an ASI or ISA level 1, 2 or 3 instructor qualification. Four of our current team have been Scottish National Champions in either surfing, longboarding or bodyboarding in the recent past.


South East Scotland is one of the UK's best locations to learn to surf with perfect, small beginner waves in Scotland's sunniest location.  Belhaven Beach is one of the best beginner friendly beaches in Scotland.

In the event of no waves, you will be contacted in advance and offered an alternative sport suitable to the weather conditions, such as stand up paddle, coasteering, surf skate or a beginner zero surf class.  Our range of sports means that we can offer an activity in all but the most extreme weather conditions.