Surf Lessons

Polzeath & Watergate Bay

Ready to book a surf lesson?

We teach surfing lessons in Cornwall for all abilities on our beach in Polzeath and Watergate Bay.

If you’ve never had a surf lesson before and are keen to take the first leap to your feet or you’re looking to master a manoeuvre or perfect your style, we can help.


Polzeath or Watergate Bay


All lessons are two hours


All gear is included, no extra hire costs

Minimum age

Seven for group lessons, any age for private lessons

My boyfriend and I were slightly nervous about surfing as we hadn't done anything like it before but thought we couldn't come to Cornwall and not try surfing. We had nothing to worry about, the instructors were fantastic and really explained the basics well. Before we knew it we were loving our time in the sea and within one lesson could stand up for a whole second. We cant wait to get back out into that sea after our muscles have stopped aching, its a great fun way to work out your whole body.

Sara - March 2023

Had a beginners surf lesson on the 26th of June 2017 courtesy of a birthday present from my Wife (58 already !). The two instructors, Jo' and Tamsin were excellent, not only covering all elements of how to get up on your board (which all of our group managed) but some good knowledge of how waves form, the potential danger of rip tides and overall safety advise. They stayed with the group whilst in the sea and were on hand to give advise and recommendations to enable us to at least get a real taste for the sport. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Pete Mcg - March 2023


  • Do your Surf Lessons go ahead even if it’s raining?

    Our sessions will go ahead whatever the weather however, in the unlikely event the beach is red flagged for safety reasons by the lifeguards or we feel that it is unsafe, we will postpone your session to a time that suits you or offer a refund.

  • How long is my surf lesson?

    Surf lessons are two hours long.

  • How many surf lessons would it take me to stand up?

    There is no definitive answer to this question as everyone is unique. However, we would hope to get everyone standing and getting a bit of a feel for the sport that we love so much in the first session. We suggest having a number of lessons to improve on stability, control, turning and length of ride.

  • Is equipment included for surf/SUP lessons?

    Yes, we provide all equipment and leaving extra time before your session to get ready is recommended.

  • What is the best tide to surf at Polzeath beach?

    We are lucky to be able to run our lessons on Polzeath, as due to how flat the beach is we can teach throughout the tidal range.

  • What is the youngest age you can teach surfing?

    Within a private session we have had as young as 3! However, we would recommend 6 or 7 is a good age for starting out. We do have an age restriction on our group lessons of 7 years old to allow the Instructor to spread their time more evenly across the group. During a private lesson we can accept any age. We also ask that a parent or teacher is available on shoreline for younger students.

  • When can/should I move onto a smaller board that I can duck dive and paddle outback?

    We would highly recommend sticking to bigger foam boards until you have learned how to turn left and right on a smaller green waves. Moving onto smaller boards too soon can really hinder and hold back the speed of your improvement.