Taster Bodyboard Lesson

Taster Bodyboard Lesson

£60 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
Perfect for beginners and improvers of varying skill levels
 Learn core skills and gain individual feedback
 Highly-trained instructors from Europe's premier coaching facility
 Equipment, heated changing rooms and insurance provided
Grab a taste for bodyboarding in Cornwall and catch crystal-clear waves on Newquay’s scenic coastline. Our Taster Bodyboard Lessons are ideal for complete newbies, or for improvers looking to up-skill their existing knowledge.

What's Included

  •  Allocation of wetsuit, bodyboard and fins
  • Group lesson with individual focus for maximum progression
  • Comprehensive tuition and feedback
  • Heated changing rooms and secure storage for valuables
  • Hot outdoor showers and male & female toilets
  • Assessment of ocean conditions and identification of hazards
  • Full beach and ocean safety briefing
  • Introduction to board handling & prone riding
  • Familiarisation with bodyboarding terminology and equipment features
  • A lively warm-up on Newquay’s stunning Great Western or Fistral Beach
  • Not affected by bad weather – learn to bodyboard come rain or shine!
  • Discount card for apres bodyboard food and drink at local eateries
  • 10% off further Newquay Activity Centre activities
  • A dog sitter if you require it. Just contact us for more details.
  • 15% discount at Newquay’s Rip Curl Concept store


Bodyboards are smaller and lighter than surfboards; this means they’re generally easier to manoeuvre and quicker to learn on. These smaller boards, combined with a lower centre of gravity, make bodyboarding much less tiring than surfing. It’s also widely considered a much safer sport as the boards are made from foam and they avoid the sharp edges and fins synonymous with surfing.

Due to the nature of bodyboarding, your lowered centre of gravity increases the feeling of speed. This means that catching even the slowest of waves will make you feel like you’re whizzing past the rest of your group in a magnificent blur!

If you’re a complete beginner, we guarantee you’ll be catching your first white-water wave within the first 10 minutes of the lesson! We’ll teach you how to paddle out, trim correctly and how to select the right kind of waves for your ability.

Bodyboarding is addictive to learn due to early goals being quickly attained. The initial learning curve of bodyboarding skyrockets exponentially with solid practice and time in the water. Our expert instructors will quickly progress you from broken white-water waves, to green (or unbroken) waves for an unforgettable experience.

If you already have a little bodyboarding know-how, our expert coaches can assess your ability and give you tips and tricks towards improving your skill in certain areas. Under the guidance of our experienced instructors, you can learn in a few hours what would have otherwise taken a few years!


You will get kitted up in Rip Curl wetsuits and high visibility ID vests in the comfort of our heated changing rooms. We have male & female toilets, hot outdoor showers and safety lockers for your valuables. We also have storage space for your clothes and bags before you make your way down to either Fistral or Towan beach. We will assess the conditions on the day and choose the best beach to match the group’s ability.

Our coaching team of fully insured and experienced instructors tailor tuition to your individual ability. Having been in-house trained by former European Number 1 and British Team Bodyboarding Coach Rob Barber, you really couldn’t be in safer hands when bodyboarding in Cornwall.


It’s never too early or too late to learn to bodyboard! Regardless of your age, ability or level of fitness, our world-class instructors will have you catching waves and grinning from ear-to-ear. Bodyboarding shows no age limits whatsoever! The thrill of riding in on a crystal-clear wave will have you buzzing for more as soon as you get back in the car!

Bodyboarding in Cornwall is a super inclusive, easily accessible and infinitely enjoyable water sport for all ages. It’s just as perfect for the 8 year-old ball of energy, as it is for the 80 year old retiree looking for something new!

To find out more, check out our ultimate guide to bodyboarding.


Our purpose-designed HQ is centrally located in Newquay town with surf shops and local eateries just a few-minutes walk away. World-famous Fistral beach is just a 10-minute walk from our centre, with Towan beach only a stone’s-throw away in the opposite direction. Here you will find Atlantic swell wrapping around the local headland into our sheltered bay, creating the ultimate bodyboarding conditions!

We don’t send our customers out on bodyboards that we wouldn’t be happy to ride ourselves; that’s why we only invest in the best quality equipment available on the market. We supply first-rate bodyboards, wetsuits and swim fins on our bodyboard lessons, putting you in the best possible position to kick-start your learning.

Our helpful instructors will provide you with the correct size bodyboard for your weight, the right size wetsuit for your height and the best fitting swim fins for your feet. This top-quality kit enables faster progression, bigger improvements and makes for an all-round more enjoyable lesson.

All equipment including wetsuits, bodyboards, ID vests and swim fins are provided along with changing facilities and safe storage for your valuables. We also have on-site lockers for bags and clothes so you don’t have to leave your gear unattended on the beach!


Back in 1995, bodyboarding was the fastest growing watersport in the world. Yet there was no official pathway to learn how to do it. Born out of necessity, we developed the world’s first bodyboarding lessons, which followed with us writing the world’s first bodyboard instructor training course for the International Surfing Association and Surfing Australia. Our Director Rob Barber has been British Bodyboarding Champion multiple times and even European Champion! He’s surfed and competed all over the world.

Nearly 30 years later we have delivered over 200,000 coastal activities from our base in Newquay. We have the biggest bodyboard instruction channel on YouTube and we have diversified to offer bodyboard coaching weekends around the UK and bodyboard coaching holidays around the world. Recently we have created the first bodyboard specific rescue protocols in order to keep our guests safe.


We take huge pride in providing the best bodyboarding lessons in the business and offering an amazing experience for our guests.  Don’t just take our word for it though, our reviews back this up!  We have over 3000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews and some amazing Google reviews…

We’re number one rated for Outdoor Activities in Newquay for a reason!


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.

 qualified Beach Lifeguards. More recently, 

Our team of Bodyboard instructors are qualified to the following standards:

  • SLSGB Beach Lifeguard
  • They have also completed our 3 month long Outdoor Activity Instructor module qualification which comprises the bodyboard instructor qualification which we wrote for the sports biggest governing bodies.
  • Our staff team have worked with trainer assessors from Surf Life Saving Great Britain to develop bespoke rescue techniques which enable rescues to take place using bodyboards and swim fins.
  • Ongoing inhouse training


You can learn more about our instructors qualifications and what they mean on our blog.


We are 3 x Cornwall Tourism Awards Winner and 1 x South West Tourism Awards Winner

As well as the general public we have also delivered activities for a number of special clients including:

  • The England Rugby team
  • England Surfing Team
  • BBC Radio One
  • The Gadget Show
  • The Sunday Times
  • Cristian Dior


We are the number 1 choice for all local schools including:

  • Newquay Tretherras
  • Newquay Treviglas
  • Newquay Junior School
  • Mawgan in Pydar School
  • Cornwall College


Our safety record is unblemished, as we work alongside the RNLI to ensure conditions and activities are appropriate for our activities.  We also hold an Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority Licence (AALA) which ensures our standards are maintained at all times and checked by external bodies, we hold extensive public indemnity insurance with up to £10,000,000 cover, so you know you’re in safe hands, whatever outdoor activity you decide to do with us.

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