Frequently Asked Questions

What does the cost of course include?

All tuition and use of surfboard and wetsuit is included during session times. All persons on a surfing lesson are welcome to use the surf school facilities for changing and storage of belongings. These costs are valid for all ability levels.

Are there group discounts?

Surfers World offer a 10% discount on all bookings of 12 places or more providing all places are booked at the same time. The discount is not available for group bookings where separate payments are made by each individual. Larger discounts are available for school and community groups.

How long are the sessions?

Each Surf sessions is 2½ hours long. We run a minimum of 2 lessons a day, this goes up to 6 lessons per day in the peak season. All Private lessons are 2½ hours long and run at times chosen by the surfer.

Which beach can I surf at?

Woolacombe is our most popular and safest location to learn at, as a result if you do not specify we will assume this is your chosen surf spot. If you would prefer to surf at a our Croyde or Saunton surf schools, please make it clear when enquiring or booking.

Do you cater for more experienced surfers?

We have Level 1 to Level 4 BSA qualified surf instructors. As a result we can coach total beginners right through to elite standard surfers.

Can I just turn up or do I need to book?

It is absolutely vital to book. Each course has a limited number of places due to our instructor/student ratios. By limiting the number of participants it gives everyone a better level of instruction. The weekend courses are often fully booked four weeks or more in advance.

What do I need to bring?

The course cost includes the use of a wetsuit and surfboard. If you have your own, bring it along but it does not affect the cost of the course. You will need to bring a towel and some swimwear to wear underneath your wetsuit. It’s a good idea to have a sweatshirt to cover all weather possibilities. Suncream – even on the not so sunny days you will catch the sun from the reflection off the sea, but don’t worry if you forget – we’ll have some for you!

What time do the courses start?

Our courses run everyday, and begin every morning with a session from 09.15am and then every afternoon from 1.15pm, in peak season we also run sessions at 9.45am and 1.45pm. You will be given all details of your start time with your booking confirmation.

Will it be cold?

We offer the latest wetsuits, these all have technological advances in design and are replaced annually to ensure they work efficiently to keep you warm and comfortable. During the colder months we also provide wetsuit boots and gloves if you require them.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes, regulations state we are unable to take anyone under 8 years old surfing. Anyone under the age of 8 may be taught privately with an adult present.

Will you have a wetsuit to fit me?

We have a large range of wetsuits in all sizes, so whatever height and shape you are, we will have wetsuit to fit.

Can I wear glasses/contact lenses in the surf?

We recommend prescription swimming goggles as glasses can easily be lost unless well secured. Many contact lens wearers find that soft lenses are fine for surfing, but we would advise you to bring a spare pair just in case.

What happens if the surf is too rough?

Fortunately, we are ideally located with three beaches in our vicinity all facing slightly different directions. This means when one beach is too rough others will often be calmer. We surf at Woolacombe most of the time but occasionally we can offer tuition at the more sheltered Putsborough Beach, only five minutes away.

What happens if there is no surf?

As our beaches face west into the Atlantic, it’s extremely rare for us to have no waves at all, and the days with smaller waves are often the most enjoyable for our students, as they enable greater progress to be made. If we decide the conditions are unsuitable, we will credit you with any lessons you have missed. You can then return and take advantage of any lessons owed within a one year period. There will be no refund.