Surf Lessons


Individual And Group Surfing Lessons in Newquay, Cornwall.

Join us surfing at Newquay’s Towan beach or world famous Fistral.  We’ve been delivering surf lessons in Cornwall for over 20 years, we’re the longest running surf school in Newquay.


Check out our range of surfing lessons below and find the perfect one for you then book online:

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Surfing Taster Lessons

Taster Surf Lesson

Learn to surf at our Newquay Surf School in Cornwall and prepare to get highly addicted. Our Taster Surfing Lessons are aimed at total beginners and will introduce you to this super-cool and fun sport.

Surf Lesson & Hire

Surf Lesson & Hire

It’s new, progressive and unique to the NAC’s Newquay Surfing School. Learn to surf in Newquay and pack in stacks of water time with our Surf Lesson and Half Day Hire!

Family Surf Lessons

Family Surfing Lesson

Are you seeking something a little more exciting on your annual family holiday? Or are you in need of recapturing some parental credibility and putting the fun back in family breaks away? Well look no further!

Multi Surf Lesson Package

Multi Surf Lesson Package

Our Multi Surf + Hire Package is perfect for those who know what they want and when they want to do it. You tell us your available dates, your budget and we’ll do the rest.

Private Surf Lessons

Private Surf Lessons

Learn to surf with Newquay Activity Centre and our expert team of instructors. Our Private 1:1 surf lessons are the ultimate beginner experience with personalised coaching.

Surfing Women and Waves Weekend

Women + Waves Surf Coaching Weekend

Newquay Activity Centre is stoked to have created a unique collaboration with Women + Waves surf club! We’re teaming up to bring you an all female cast of surf coaching weekends based in Newquay and further afield.

Learn to surf with the Newquay Activity Centre Surf School. Whether you just want to try the sport for the first time, improve quickly on what you already know, or introduce your family to the perfect activity for all; we have a lesson for everyone!



Our surf lessons in Newquay are run by Surfing England qualified and experienced surf lifeguards and instructors. These include British Team Coach, Rob Barber, and English surfing champion, Alan Stokes, who are specialists at taking surfers to the next level. In our surfing lessons they’ll have you standing up in no time and mastering some epic moves, depending on the package that you take.



Newquay Activity Centre Surf School is a double award winning school. Furthermore we guarantee the highest level of tuition and safety in the industry during your surf lesson.

Our centre is a short walk from Fistral and Towan beaches. We benefit from good surfing conditions everyday, regardless of most wind and weather conditions. With seven beaches on our doorstep, Newquay has earned the title of Surf City for good reason! We use only the best equipment with a huge range of surfboards and warm wetsuits in our quiver. Our lessons are unique as we have small group ratios. We are permanently ranked number one on Trip Advisor and are two time winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards and Gold award winners of the South West Tourism Awards.

If you are completely new to surfing, why not check out our taster surf lessonIf you have some free time and a budget, give us a call and we can create your very own bespoke package. We have surfing lessons in Newquay suited to all abilities and cater for all ages. If you can walk, you can surf!



You can’t go to Newquay, the birthplace of UK surfing, and not try this highly addictive, life changing sport! With our first-rate surfing equipment, admirable credentials, small class sizes, team of enthusiastic and experienced coaches, and access to Cornwall’s most famous surfing beaches, we will have you up and riding in your first session.



With over 20 years of experience, we boast a number 1 ranking on trip advisor and we are two time winners of the Cornish Tourism awards. What’s more, we are gold winners of the South West Tourism Awards, and the longest running surf school in Newquay. We have an exceptional team of instructors and are the only surf school in Cornwall that uses a 1:5 ratio of teachers to students. With us, you really are in the right hands!

We are also proud sponsors of the Army and the Navy surf teams. 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.



We pride ourselves on having the very best surf instructors at the Newquay Activity Centre. Our head coaches include former British Surf Team coach Rob Barber, and multiple Nationals Surfing Champion Alan Stokes. All of our instructors are ISA level 1 qualified or above and lifeguard trained. Most importantly they are passionate about surfing, the ocean and giving you the best surfing experience in the area. We take our coaching seriously; we are not a ‘surf shepherding’ outfit, we see your surf lesson as the beginning of a journey. By giving you the right foundations, first rate instruction and equipment, you’ll develop into a capable surfer over time with us. It really can be a life changing journey!



The Newquay Centre is ideally situated close to Towan Beach offering access to some of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches. We run the majority of our lessons at Newquay’s extremely user friendly and safe Towan Beach. We are privileged to experience 350+ days of surf each year, meaning we only have to postpone 2 – 3 lessons a year. And if the waves are too small at Towan Beach, we can find bigger waves on the other side of the Peninsula and surf the fun waves of Fistral beach.


Our centre comes with clean heated changing rooms, ample locker space for valuables, hot showers and a base for your gear if you are just here for the day. We are also just a short stroll from the centre of town and its abundance of great eateries and surf shops. (Many of which offer our guests a discount – you’ll be supplied a discount card after your lesson in order to redeem it).



We believe that to really learn to surf, you must have the right equipment from day one.


Too often we see guys and girls learning to surf on boards unsuitable for their level, height, weight and type of wave. Yes, the board might look cool under their arm, but it’s frustrating when they are unable to ‘catch a wave’ or ‘pop up to their feet’. We don’t just give you any old surfboard to ride; we choose one that is most suitable for you. So the first step is to determine what size board fits your height, size and surfing experience level.

For our beginner lessons we are committed to using Swell boards for our new surfers. Though more expensive to other beginner boards, they offer unrivalled stability and buoyancy. Super stable boards, though not the coolest in the quiver, are much easier to paddle, will get you into waves quicker, and are made of soft foam for safety.

What’s more, at the end of each season we are able to re-skin the boards, and so we’re not sending old boards to landfill.

For a pre-intermediate rider we offer three stages of progression surfboards which you can experiment with. The best board is the one you’re having the most fun on!

What’s more, the Newquay Activity Centre is the only surf school in the area to offer an exclusive range of children’s boards.



We are proudly sponsored by Rip Curl, a leader in surfing equipment, apparel and wetsuits, for achieving above and beyond in our industry. And so all our clients are suited up in top of the range, warm and comfortable wetsuits. Being warm and comfortable in the water enables you to concentrate and really enjoy your surfing.



  • Allocation of equipment, Rip Curl wetsuit, ID vest and surfboards
  • Assessment of ocean conditions
  • 2 hour surfing lesson in Newquay (Fistral or Towan beach)
  • Consolidation of skills
  • 10% discount for a coasteer, SUP, kayak or bodyboarding experience with us
  • Use of warm showers, heated changing rooms, toilets and lockers for your valuables
  • Discount card for apres surf food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)
  • Access to our on-site hire centre


Whether you’re coming for an individual or group lesson, check out our wide range of surfing lessons in Newquay and find the right one for you. But be warned, surfing is highly addictive!