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Private Surf Lesson


From £70 to £130 pp

2 hrs
1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4
Over 3
 Private tuition for novice or experienced surfers
 Ultimate opportunity for maximum progression at your own pace
 Equipment, changing rooms, lock box for valuables, showers and insurance included
 Free photography for you with this activity!*
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.
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What's Included

  • Bespoke surfing tuition for your ability and requirements
  • Approx 3 hours from arrival to departure
  • Equipment, changing rooms, lock box for valuables, showers and insurance included
  • Allocation of equipment, wetsuit and surfboard at the surf school
  • Assessment of ocean conditions
  • Beach safety talk
  • Familiarisation with surfing terminology and etiquette
  • A lively warm-up on one of Newquay’s stunning beaches
  • 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%)


If you’re looking for an surf lesson experience tailored around you, then a Private Surf Lesson is the ideal choice for you.

Our private surf lessons are entirely tailored to your preferences. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer, we can cater to your specific needs in a customised manner. Throughout the session, you’ll benefit from constant feedback, as you’ll have the undivided attention of your coach.


Our 2-hour private surfing lessons are available for booking by individuals, families couples, and groups up to 4.  Our highly knowledgeable and passionate coaches with up to the highest ISA Level 2 coaching accreditation will know exactly how to get the best from your session with us.

Located either on Fistral Beach or one of the Newquay town beaches, we maximise your lesson time with our exceptional surroundings. Whether you’re an individual looking to progress or a small group wanting to enjoy a surfing experience together, we offer a wide range of equipment suitable for all abilities and ages (3 years and older).

For families of 4 or more we recommend our Family Surf Lessons.


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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