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Bodyboarding FAQ’s: The definitive guide to Bodyboarding experiences in Cornwall with the Newquay Activity Centre

“Rob Barber is a guru for the realists who have given up the dream of being the next Kelly Slater and have taken up the instant and rewarding buzz of bodyboarding. On a family bodyboarding safari Rob Barber improved our skills and finessed our style.”
– Kate Spicer, Sunday Times Style

We are the World’s first and most developed bodyboarding school, headed up by British bodyboarding Team Coach and National Champion, Rob Barber.

With over 30 years experience and a professional bodyboarding career of international competition under his belt, Rob has built a school dedicated to delivering expert instruction guaranteed to build your skills and share the stoke!

Lessons from our Activity Centre in Newquay are pitched at a level suited to your ability, whether you’re a complete novice who has never been in the sea before or a professional standard rider. Our instructors are all trained lifeguards and qualified coaches with years of coaching experience to all ages and capabilities.

The beauty of this sport is that whatever your ability, you are guaranteed to catch fun waves and our lesson options include daily sessions, bodyboard surfari weekend courses and international holidays in tropical climates!

  • It’s easier to learn at a beginner level and not as physically demanding
  • We guarantee you will catch a wave within the first five minutes of your lesson
  • It’s brilliant for all ages and members of the family
  • Boards are lighter to carry and ride – less energy spent before you even get in the water
  • Statistically safer than surfing
  • You can excel quickly with coaching from our team of expert instructors
  • The kit is cheaper to purchase
  • It’s easier to travel with a bodyboard
  • It’s just as hard to master at the top end but it’s less challenging to learn the basics!

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  • Beach and sea safety skills and knowledge
  • The role of patrolling lifeguards on the beach
  • A little about the equipment, for example names and sizing
  • Body position on the board
  • How to ride left and right
  • Different moves to perform, including cutbacks, barrel rolls etc.
  • How to use bodyboard fins
  • How to duck dive
  • What to look for when you check the surf

If you catch the bodyboarding bug and want to improve your skills, check out our Apprentice or Developer packages, guaranteed to get you to an independent bodyboarding level over a series of progressive lessons. Or if it’s a weekend of intensive coaching alongside likeminded people you’re after, check out our bodyboarding coaching weekends!

Check out our online how-to guides here!

Head bodyboarding instructor, Brendan Moore tells us why he loves it so much!

“To bodyboard at the highest level demands a great degree of skill and fitness, but at a beginner stage it’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to get used to riding waves. The sensation created by being close to the water is amazing, you’re in control and the fins help you quickly pick up speed to catch loads of waves.”

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Among other skills, we teach the jump launch technique which allows you to catch waves from waist depth water. There is no need to go any deeper unless you want to progress to riding green, unbroken waves using fins.

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As Trip Advisor’s Number One provider of outdoor adventure activities in Newquay, our Activity Centre is located just 200m from the UK’s most famous surfing destination and the Sunday Times’ No.1 beach for activities, Fistral Beach.

Depending on the weather and swell conditions at Fistral Beach, we also run Bodyboarding lessons on the beaches in Newquay Bay just 10 minutes walk from our centre on Headland road.

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Flags and signs

On patrolled beaches, RNLI lifeguards designate the safest areas to bodyboard with red and yellow flags. We willbodyboard between these flags; they indicate the lifeguarded area for bathing and bodyboarding.

Black and white flags indicate the safest place for surfers and hard craft, like kayaks. Having separate areas means we won’t be sharing waves with those using larger, more dangerous equipment so there are no worries about collisions.

No, although we ask that everybody who takes part in our bodyboard experiences can swim a minimum of 50 metres. Let us know if this will be difficult for you and we can advise on how we can facilitate your abilities best. Our lessons can be tailored so that your feet never need to leave the ground except when you’re riding a wave!

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Yes! We run private family bodyboarding lessons tailored specifically to your group’s ages, abilities and numbers.

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Bodyboarding is a year round activity, all you need is the right equipment and knowledge about the ocean conditions! Winter’s a great time to catch big swells. Check out our bodyboarding vouchers as an epic Christmas gift!

At Newquay Activity Centre, we organise our bodyboarding lessons around swell conditions and the tide to ensure you get to ride the best quality waves every time.

Every bodyboard lesson is two hours long. After arriving at the centre, you’ll be provided with the equipment and the two hours will begin when you are ready to hit the beach!

If you’d like to stay down at the beach after your two-hour lesson for the remainder of the day, you can book one of our Bodyboard Experience Days and keep hold of the gear.

We also offer hire of all our equipment. Check out our website for prices.

You will be provided with professional standard equipment when you arrive at Newquay Activity Centre, suitable for all abilities from beginner to professional levels. You will get:

  • Wetsuit – You’ll be given a full body neoprene suit designed to prevent chill whilst submerged in water.
  • Bodyboard with leash– We’ll provide you with a board to match your height, weight and ability.
  • Fins
  • Fin socks- Neoprene socks to prevent rubbing from the fin straps

For anyone looking to purchase their own bodyboard hardware and equipment after their bodyboard lesson, check out the Bodyboard Depot online. We’ve also teamed up with The Boardroom and Rip Curl in Newquay to offer a 15% discount in both stores.

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All our Instructors are fully qualified Beach and Surf Safety Lifeguards and trailblazing bodyboard instructors. They’ve undertaken extensive First Aid training and we deliver regular in-house training to our staff so they have experience in all weather and ocean conditions. Every instructor must have years of personal experience in the water and we also work in close partnership with the RNLI presence on every beach to ensure your safety in and out of the water.

All you need to bring is your swimwear and a towel. We will provide you with everything else!

Our sessions typically run around 9:00am, 12:00pm or 3:00pm and your arrival time will coincide with one of these. There may be some flexibility around your starting time. However, we will confirm everything at the time of booking. After arriving at the centre, you’ll be introduced to your instructor and taken round to the Carnmarth Hotel to fill out enrolment forms, before receiving a safety briefing and getting kitted up.

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If you have any medical needs, injuries or special requirements, just give us a ring and we can talk through how best we can cater for your needs during your bodyboarding experience!

From changing room to water’s edge is a 5-minute walk! You’ll make your way down to the beach as a group after changing in our centre.

Lockers are available at the centre free of charge to ensure any valuables are safely stowed away whilst you’re down on the beach. There are also storage compartments available for the rest of your gear including clothes and shoes. Please note that any items are left at the guest’s own risk.

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The minimum age limit for our group activities is 8 years old. However, we offer private sessions for every activity so no one has to miss out on bodyboarding! All our instructors have years of experience working with children of all ages. We also offer family packages for every activity, and tailor each session to you and your child’s requirements.   Check out the options here.

Our cancellation policy is outlined in our terms and conditions.  If cancellation occurs 4 weeks or more from the activity’s start date then a full refund will be issued.  If the session is cancelled 2-3 weeks before start date then a 50% refund will be given.  Unfortunately if the cancellation occurs less than 2 weeks to the activity’s start time then no refund can be issued. If the booking is changed more than 21 days prior to the Experience we will make every effort to change the requested booking. Less than 21 days prior to the start, no changes can be made.

We’re not afraid of some wind and rain, but Mother Nature occasionally intervenes and makes it impossible to run a safe session.  In the unlikely event that this should happen, we would endeavour to change the date of your session or offer an alternative solution.  If this were still impossible then a voucher would be issued for the value of the activity.

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All our sessions are fully insured and are covered in the price of the activity.

Yes! Check out our discounts page for more information. We also do discounts for military groups, schools and families.

We strongly advise against wearing glasses in the surf in case they fall off! However, you will be able to wear them during the instruction part of the lesson on the sand. They can then be stored with our first aid kits on the beach whilst you’re practicing in the water. We recommend disposable contact lenses wherever possible.

Yes! We ALWAYS advise that you slap on good slather of factor 30-50 water-resistant sun cream before taking part in one of our activities. You can also use a bit of zinc for extra protection.

We prefer to talk to our customers so please give us a ring and we can take payment directly over the phone. CALL NOW on 01637 877722 and try one of the UK’s best coastal activities with Trip Advisor’s number one provider, Newquay Activity Centre! Our lines are open from 8:00am until 10:00pm.

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