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Book Bodyboarding In Newquay, Cornwall

Learn bodyboarding in Cornwall and prepare to get highly addicted!

Not only is it super fun, but you’re guaranteed to catch a wave within the first ten minutes of your lesson! We coach all standards from complete novice to top level competitor and everyone in between, using only top-quality kit.

Check out our range of bodyboarding lessons and find the right one for you.

Check out our range:

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Taster Bodyboard Lesson


2 hrs

Grab a taste for bodyboarding in Cornwall and catch crystal-clear waves on Newquay’s scenic coastline. Our...

Bodyboard Lesson & Hire


2 hrs

It’s new, progressive and unique to Newquay Activity Centre. Learn to bodyboard in Newquay and pack...

Family Bodyboard Lesson


2 hrs

Experience the thrill of bodyboarding on a Cornwall family day out with Newquay Activity Centre! Easier...

Private Bodyboarding Lessons


2 hrs

Our Private Bodyboard Lessons are individually tailored to suit your particular skill level and are perfect...

Hand Plane Sessions


2 hrs

Learn to hand plane in Cornwall at Newquay Activity Centre’s surf school. Hand planing is the...

Why Bodyboarding Lessons With Us?

Why Choose Bodyboarding?

Bodyboarding is easy to learn, but hard to master …this means that it’s accessible to everyone and it’s guaranteed instant fun. You’ll be riding a wave within the first 10 minutes of the lesson with Newquay Activity Centre’s expert instructors, and that’s a promise! While at the same time, there are an abundance of technical tricks and manoeuvres to master if you wish to take it to the next level.

Newquay Bodyboarding Lessons

At Newquay Activity Centre, British Team Bodyboarding Coach, Rob Barber, and his coaching team offer tuition tailored to your ability with fully insured qualified instructors. Our coaches are all experienced lifeguards, some have 20 years of bodyboarding experience in Cornwall and beyond. These include 15 years of worldwide surf travel with Rob Barber. 

Learn to Bodyboard in Cornwall

Rest assured there is nothing to be nervous about, our lessons are zero pressure and super fun! We’ve been teaching surfing in Newquay, Cornwall’s most iconic surf town, for over 20 years and love what we do. We know the beaches like the back of our hand and will adapt the lesson to match your ability.

Choose your Bodyboard Lesson

From family friendly lessons, to adult and kids groups, to advanced-level lessons for aspiring groms and pros. Our bodyboarding lessons in Cornwall are open to anyone who can swim, wants to learn more about the ocean or just wants to have heaps of fun!

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All Bodyboard Lessons Include

Warm showers, heated changing rooms, toilets and lockers for your valuables

All equipment: wetsuit, bodyboard & swim fins (and socks and gloves in winter)

Qualified and experienced bodyboard instructors

Safety briefing

2 hour Newquay bodyboard lesson (at Fistral or Great Western Beach)

10% discount on additional activities: coasteering, SUP, kayaking or surfing

Discount card for apres bodyboard food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)

Discount at our on-site Newquay surf hire centre

Surf Hire Equipment

Our Bodyboard Hire

Wetsuit hire, we have toasty warm 5/3mm during the winter months

Flexible 3/2mm summer wetsuits for those warmer water days

Huge range of bodyboards in different lengths and tail designs

We also stock swim fins in all sizes and styles

Wetsuits socks to keep your feet warm in winter and great for walking over pebbles

Wetsuit gloves keep your fingers toasty on the coldest days

A wetsuit hood can keep the wind off and prevent ‘ice cream headaches’ in winter

What Do People Say About Our Bodyboarding Lessons?

We pride ourselves on making every bodyboard lesson special and our reviews are testament to that.  We have over 3,000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews alone!

Our Most Popular Lessons

Our Instructors qualifications

We are licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) and are a recognised Training centre for SLSGB (Surf Life Saving Great Britain), the only one in Newquay.

Understand what these outdoor activity qualifications mean for your safety and enjoyment.

Our instructors are trained and qualified to the following standards:

  • SLSGB Beach Lifeguard
  • In-house qualification created by our company founder, former British & European Bodyboarding Champion Rob Barber and the sports biggest governing body.
  • Trained in bespoke rescue techniques which enable rescues to take place using bodyboards and swim fins. Developed in conjunction with trainer assessors from Surf Life Saving Great Britain.
  • Ongoing inhouse training

Professional, Safe and Fun

See what hundreds of bodyboarders get up to each year!

About Us

The Perfect location for Bodyboarding Lessons in Newquay

Newquay Activity Centre is ideally situated to access some of Cornwall’s best bodyboarding beaches. We run the majority of our lessons at Newquay’s extremely user friendly and safe Great Western Beach. The waves are consistent  and ideal for learning, so we are privileged to experience 350+ days of surfing in Newquay each year. If we want to look for different conditions or surf at another stage in the tide then we are just a few minutes walk from the international surfing mecca that is Fistral beach.

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Newquay Activity Centre is purpose built and has toilets, heated changing rooms, lockers for valuables, hot showers and storage space for your personal items. We are just a few moments from the centre of town and its abundance of great coffee joints, eateries and surf shops. We’ll supply you with a discount card after your lesson which will give you some great discounts at local businesses around town.

Our glowing credentials

Newquay Activity Centre have been delivering bodyboard lessons in Cornwall for over 20 years, and we’re proud to be the longest running provider of surfing lessons in Newquay. We’re proud of our number 1 ranking on trip advisor and we are two time winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards and gold winners of the South West Tourism Awards.

We are proud to have been recognised and sponsored by Rip Curl; they are a leader in surfing equipment, apparel and wetsuits, and have recognised Newquay Activity Centre as a centre of excellence in the Cornwall surf school scene.

We also coach the Army and the Navy surf teams and are proud to be a recognised centre for Help For Heroes.  This means we regularly organise military adventure training packages that meet their high standards. Their core values of teamwork, developing leadership and other personal qualities is necessary to withstand the rigours of operational service.


Top Of  The Range Equipment 

To enjoy your time in the ocean and progress as much as possible during your lesson, it’s important to be kitted out with the right equipment. That’s where we come in…

The Right Size Board

The length of the board should measure from your knee to your chin when held in front of you, with increased width in the board for larger riders.

A Leash

The main choice is between a wrist or bicep leash. Ensure the Velcro attachment is padded, comfortable and well made. A top of the range leash will offer brass swivels on both ends of the leash to ensure it does not tangle when you’re bodyboarding.

A Pair Of Fins

If you’re going to take bodyboarding seriously, then a decent pair of well-fitting fins will be essential. You get what you pay for with fins, the more expensive pairs offer unrivalled comfort and propulsion. Fin sizes typically come in XS, SM, M, ML, L & XL, but each brand varies slightly, so make sure you try before you buy. You want a fin that is snug but not tight.

A Wetsuit

Don’t skimp! The difference in enjoyment between surfing in comfort against feeling too cold or suffering from rashes is huge. What’s more, the more you pay – the more features your wetsuit will have. When you are trying on a suit, check for baggy areas in the back, under the arm and behind the knees. There shouldn’t be much slack in these areas.

A Pair Of Wetsuit Socks / Finserts / Heel guards

These all offer protection from nasty fin rubs, a must if you don’t get in the water all that often.

About Newquay

About Newquay Bodyboarding

Newquay is blessed with 7 beautiful surfing spots (Fistral, Towan, Tolcarne, Great Western, Porth, Lusty Glaze & Crantock) These all provide a variety of waves in all conditions and for all levels – there’s something for everyone in the UK’s no.1 bodyboard town.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch, book your newquay surfing lessons and start catching waves.

Newquay Activity Centre is open 7 days a week all year round. You can book online or call us on 01637 877722 or pop into our centre at 60 Fore Street, Newquay, TR7 1LW to book a lesson today!