Family Surf Lessons

Family Surfing Lessons

£220 + £50 per additional person

2 hrs
Over 3
 Private tuition group for your family
 Equipment for all ages, changing rooms, lock box for valuables, showers and insurance included
 ISA Level 1 and Beach Lifeguard qualified instructors experienced with all ages
 Suitable for 3 years and upwards
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!

What's Included

  • Bespoke and attentive surfing tuition for your family’s requirements
  • Available for families with children of 3 years and upwards
  • Private expert Instructor for your group
  • 3 hours from arrival to departure to enjoy your surfing lesson
  • Equipment, changing rooms, lock box for valuables, showers and insurance included
  • Allocation of equipment, wetsuit and surfboard for all ages at the surf school
  • Assessment of ocean conditions
  • Beach safety talk
  • Familiarisation with surfing terminology and etiquette
  • A lively warm-up on Newquay’s stunning Towan Beach
  • Introduction to board handling
  • Introduction to prone riding
  • Jumping up, accelerating and stopping safely
  • A dog sitter if you require it.  Just contact us for more details.
  • Skills analysis and feedback
  • Discount card for apres surf food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)


Our Family Surf Lessons offer a private group experience and we welcome children from the age of 3 years and upwards. All children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the activity.  Our Family Surf Lessons are memorable, exhilarating, safe and fun for kids of all ages. Not only are they a sure way to get the kids off their mobile phones, they are comparatively low cost compared to other family outings in the South West. Our Newquay surfing school’s Family Surf Lessons offer an experience that will be remembered forever.


At the Newquay Activity Centre’s Cornwall Surfing School, we offer two-hour private surfing lessons designed specifically just for you and your family. Here you will learn the fundamentals of surfing, ocean awareness, beach safety, surfing equipment and surfing terminology. We provide the perfect balance of fun, education and safety.

What’s more, imagine how cool you’ll become when your children return to school with tall tales of surfing adventures!

We’ll teach you how to catch your first wave, how to stand up and how to ride white water breakers right to the beach. Our team of highly experienced and Surf England qualified instructors offer supervision and guidance throughout your lessons, so you learn quickly and safely in your own time. Just like our other beginner lessons, our Family Surf Lessons take place in waist-deep water to maintain a safe and sensible approach to learning.


Having full access to our heated changing rooms, you will be issued with comfortable and stylish Rip Curl wetsuits to change into. We also have secure lockers to store your clothes and valuables while you’re in the ocean.

We hold a range of equipment for all ages and sizes and use premium quality Swell foam surfboards for all our beginner sessions. These offer the most stable platform on which to learn. We guarantee the very best equipment of any of Cornwall’s surfing schools.


We’ve teamed up with our expert surf instructors to create a quiz to take the guesswork out. Take our quick What Level Surfer Are You Quiz to determine what level of surfer you are.


Our Newquay Surf School is the longest longest running, launched in 1996. Drawing from his experience as the British and English Surfing Team Coach, each surf lesson package has been bespoke designed by company Founder, Rob Barber, to cater for beginner surfers and those more experienced surfers.

We have 3 sister companies, Women + Waves, Bodyboard-Holidays and Outdoor Activity Instructor Academy.

Our Newquay Activity Centre surf instructors pass through a 3 month long training course prior to starting work with us, in order to deliver our surf lessons. With over 200,000 guests passing through the centre, more than any other surf school in the UK, our experience has been gained organically and reflects in our endless positive results. Our surfing instructors complete their Beach Lifeguard Qualification (or equivalent), their International Surfing Association qualification but notably also undergo ongoing in-house training designed by company founder and previous British and English Surfing team coach, Rob Barber.


We take huge pride in providing the best surf lessons 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.

Our instructors are trained and qualified to the following standards:

  • International Surfing Association Level 1 or  Level 2
  • SLSGB Beach Lifeguard
  • Inhouse trained to use GoPro’s and to deliver specific Newquay Activity Centre lesson packages
  • Instructors have followed our 3 week Intensive Surf Instructor Course or our 3 month long Outdoor Activity Instructor Academy Course
  • Many of our surf instructors are also signed off in house to deliver video analysis and surf skate 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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