surf lessons

The independent Ability Measure for Surfing iAm Bands

iAM Bands - The way to show what you love doing and how well you do it. What colour are you?

explorer

The independent Ability Measure


Your surfing journey has begun!

This surfer can have fun in a safe ocean environment under fully qualified supervision.
Where physically able this surfer may have stood up on their board with or without assistance.
Their success lies in their willingness to try new things.
By having fun and digging deep they can achieve the incredible. This Explorer is a budding ‘Icon’.

Key Skills: This surfer has successfully taken part in an introductory surfing session.

They have been briefed on potential hazards they could face while surfing.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 1


The independent Ability Measure


Your surfing journey has begun!

This surfer can have fun in a safe ocean environment under fully qualified supervision.
Where physically able this surfer may have stood up on their board with or without assistance.
Their success lies in their willingness to try new things.
By having fun and digging deep they can achieve the incredible. This Explorer is a budding ‘Icon’.

Key Skills: This surfer has successfully taken part in an introductory surfing session.

They have been briefed on potential hazards they could face while surfing.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 1

learner

The independent Ability Measure


Paddle, paddle, up and away!


This surfer can surf in a fully supervised environment, in suitable safe conditions, on learner equipment (soft boards).
They have a basic understanding of the dangers and key safety aspects of surfing.
This colour iAM Band could be awarded in the first lesson if the pupil has the required skills to successfully stand up on their own wave.

Key Skills: This surfer can catch their own broken/ white water wave and stand on a board, in control, for 3 seconds or more, without assistance.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 2


 

The independent Ability Measure


Paddle, paddle, up and away!


This surfer can surf in a fully supervised environment, in suitable safe conditions, on learner equipment (soft boards).
They have a basic understanding of the dangers and key safety aspects of surfing.
This colour iAM Band could be awarded in the first lesson if the pupil has the required skills to successfully stand up on their own wave.

Key Skills: This surfer can catch their own broken/ white water wave and stand on a board, in control, for 3 seconds or more, without assistance.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 2

apprentice

The independent Ability Measure


In control, filled with potential!

This surfer can regularly catch and stand up on their own waves (generally broken / white water waves) without assistance. They can turn their board in both directions.
This surfer applies good surf safety awareness.
This surfer understands the basics of surfing dynamics. They display good control of their board and can dismount safely.

Key Skills: This surfer can turn their board, on a broken/ white water wave in BOTH
directions (forehand and backhand) not necessarily on the same wave.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 3


 

The independent Ability Measure


In control, filled with potential!

This surfer can regularly catch and stand up on their own waves (generally broken / white water waves) without assistance. They can turn their board in both directions.
This surfer applies good surf safety awareness.
This surfer understands the basics of surfing dynamics. They display good control of their board and can dismount safely.

Key Skills: This surfer can turn their board, on a broken/ white water wave in BOTH
directions (forehand and backhand) not necessarily on the same wave.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 3

intermediate

The independent Ability Measure


Stepping up to the next level!

This surfer can surf unsupervised in suitable conditions and are consistently ‘out the back’ beyond breaking waves. Traversing waves, they are kicking out or turning to the beach at the end of the ride.
This surfer understands and applies basic surf and beach etiquette.
They are starting to consider more advanced equipment to suit their needs.

Key Skills: This surfer can, without assistance, catch and traverse (trim) across small (under head height) unbroken (green) waves in BOTH directions (forehand and backhand) completing the wave in control.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 4


 

The independent Ability Measure


Stepping up to the next level!

This surfer can surf unsupervised in suitable conditions and are consistently ‘out the back’ beyond breaking waves. Traversing waves, they are kicking out or turning to the beach at the end of the ride.
This surfer understands and applies basic surf and beach etiquette.
They are starting to consider more advanced equipment to suit their needs.

Key Skills: This surfer can, without assistance, catch and traverse (trim) across small (under head height) unbroken (green) waves in BOTH directions (forehand and backhand) completing the wave in control.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 4

independent

The independent Ability Measure


Advanced skills are on the menu now!

This surfer can always ride on green waves. They can comfortably take off, bottom turn and top turn. This surfer is moving on to their own equipment, away from learner boards on to hard boards.
They have a full understanding of surfing etiquette and apply this at all times.
They are hunting for good waves.

Key Skills: This surfer can complete ANY 1 of the following manoeuvers during a full coaching session (up to 2 hours):
  • Off the Top/Lip
  • Cutback
  • Floater
  • Re-entry
  • On a Longboard Cross Step to Hang 5.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 5


 

The independent Ability Measure


Advanced skills are on the menu now!

This surfer can always ride on green waves. They can comfortably take off, bottom turn and top turn. This surfer is moving on to their own equipment, away from learner boards on to hard boards.
They have a full understanding of surfing etiquette and apply this at all times.
They are hunting for good waves.

Key Skills: This surfer can complete ANY 1 of the following manoeuvers during a full coaching session (up to 2 hours):
  • Off the Top/Lip
  • Cutback
  • Floater
  • Re-entry
  • On a Longboard Cross Step to Hang 5.

Equivalence: Surfing GB Junior Surf Scheme Level 5

skilled

The independent Ability Measure


Perseverance is paying off!

This surfer can consistently apply the basics of good surfing: speed - flow - control. They are surfing in decent waves often referred to as ‘6ft’ or just overhead.

They have all the basic manoeuvers worked out and can perform them on demand.

This surfer is ready to step up!

Key Skills: This surfer can successfully complete 1 of the following manoeuvers, as selected by the instructor, given ONLY 3 waves:
  • Off the Top/Lip
  • Cutback
  • Floater
  • Re-entry
  • On a Longboard Cross Step to Hang 5.

 

The independent Ability Measure


Perseverance is paying off!

This surfer can consistently apply the basics of good surfing: speed - flow - control. They are surfing in decent waves often referred to as ‘6ft’ or just overhead.

They have all the basic manoeuvers worked out and can perform them on demand.

This surfer is ready to step up!

Key Skills: This surfer can successfully complete 1 of the following manoeuvers, as selected by the instructor, given ONLY 3 waves:
  • Off the Top/Lip
  • Cutback
  • Floater
  • Re-entry
  • On a Longboard Cross Step to Hang 5.
expert

The independent Ability Measure


Control, power, grace - ripping!

This surfer can legitimately be called a ‘good’ surfer. They are comfortable in most conditions, adding power and creativity to the basics of good surfing.
Aerials, whilst not compulsory, could be in their repertoire.

They behave in a responsible ‘ocean and surf minded’ manner showing good surf etiquette at all times.

Key Skills: This surfer can successfully complete 2 of the following manoeuvers, as selected by the instructor, on 1 wave, given ONLY 3 waves:
  • Off the Top/Lip
  • Cutback
  • Floater
  • Re-entry
  • On a Longboard Cross Step to Hang 10.

 
pro

The independent Ability Measure


A very good surfer indeed!

This surfer can compete and win at a national level. By ramping up their speed and power this surfer stands out in any line up.
A highly visible national profile would usually be expected.
This iAM Band can also be awarded to renowned ‘watermen/women’ who charge big waves or surfers who are celebrated on a national level for their inspiring surfing skills.

Key Skills: This surfer has competed at a national level and placed in the top 16 in a national ranking OPEN (no age restriction) surfing event.

 
elite

The independent Ability Measure


The surfing Elite!

This surfer can compete and win at an international level.
They have usually won several national titles. This surfer has a full repertoire of tricks. They can lay down some amazing manoeuvers and/or impress us with their huge wave prowess.
They are a great ambassador of the sport on a global stage. An inspiration to their national surf scene.

Key Skills: This surfer has competed and won at an international level.

They are or have been a full time professional and are a household name in national surfing.

 
icon

The independent Ability Measure


A genuine surfing hero!

This surfer can be proud of their achievements.
Presented more for services to the sport than pure technical ability these ‘Icons’ have influenced the very fabric of surfing.
They are blazing ‘Explorers’ where their inner spark leads the rest have followed. Through perseverance and fun they achieve the incredible.

Key Skills: This surfer has proven to be an international icon, multiple world champion or pioneer.

They have inspired a generation and changed the course of surfing.

 

 

Surf Beginner

beginner learner explorer

The surfing lesson has begun. Paddle, Paddle and up and away!

In our beginner lessons the main aim is to get you standing on a surf board on a wave having fun in a safe fully supervised environment.

We start the lesson by introducing you to the environment and all the safety aspects of surfing at Polzeath and at other beaches. We will then show you how to warm up and stretch key areas of your body that are used in surfing. From here we introduce you to your surfboard and all the different parts and their different functions. It is here that the fun begins and we show you how to “prone-position surf” which is essentially glorified bodyboarding! Learning to speed up, slow down, turn left, turn right, and stop. Expect lots of wipeouts as the hilarity ensues.

Having learnt to catch waves we then teach a variety of ways for you to get to your feet and help you choose the method for you! Key skills to progress to the yellow band is catch broken water wave and stand up without assistance. That’s it! Easy!

 

Surf Improver

improver apprentice learner

In control, filed with potential!

These groups are all about showing good surf safety awareness and perfecting your pop-ups, enhancing your board control, and really understanding what makes good wave selection.

Key skills in the band system for the orange band is for the improver group that you move up a level and should really master the white waters by standing up on the majority of the waves you catch yourself and mastering your stance so that it enables you to control your speed and perfect your turns. You should turn your board in both directions easily. You will leave this group with the satisfaction that you can perform a “trim” turn in both directions and be well on your way to that Icon status!

 

Intermediate Surf

intermediate intermediate

Stepping up to the next level!

An intermediate surfer is hard to define. We all progress different aspects of our surfing at different rates. To be entered into this group you should be able to surf unsupervised and competent at catching your own green faced waves from “out the back” and standing up on the majority of them. Surf will be up to shoulder height and the participant will be able to paddle through the white water to reach it.

It is here that you will be learning to effectively turn left and right along waves. This increases your speed and increases the fun. If you can already turn both ways, then it’s all about perfecting your body position so that you are drawing proper bottom turns.

In addition to practiced surfing skills you will be able to demonstrate and apply basic surfing and beach etiquette for everyone’s safety.

 

Advanced Surf

advanced skilled independent

Advanced skills on the menu and the perseverance is paying off!

The advanced lessons are for people who are confident at catching unbroken waves and at paddling out back unaided. These lessons are designed by yourself and us in order to help perfect your skills and progress your surfing in the areas that you want. It is in these lessons that you will look at learning how to do the following manoeuvres: Off the Top/Lip, Cutback, Floater, Re-entry. On a Longboard Cross Step to Hang 5. You will also gain a complete knowledge of surf etiquette and go hunting for waves!

These lessons are customised to suit your surfing ability, working on specific manoeuvres using creative coaching techniques. We have a photographer on hand and the option of video analysis if you would like to put together a course that will see you progress.

These lessons require booking in advance so that we can make sure the right instructors are available and the conditions/groups are appropriate.