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Specialist Surf Sessions

£ 250

Newquay, Cornwall

Specialist Surf Sessions
Newquay, Cornwall
Max. group size: 2
Cancellation: Moderate
Minimum booking size: 1
Duration: 6 hours
£ 250

Activity Highlights:

With our Specialist Surf Sessions, you get to fully immerse yourself in the challenge of surfing! Whether you’re a newbie looking to fast-track your progress or an experienced surfer looking to up your game, we’ve got you covered. Offered from September to May, these full-day (6-hour), highly personalised coaching sessions are the epitome of surf advancement.

Key Details

  • Price: One-to-one session: £250 | Two-to-one session: £350
  • Duration: Full-day session – 6 hours
  • Availability: September to May only

Key Skills

These sessions are beneficial if you’re prepping for a surf trip, aiming to ride bigger waves, or looking for a comprehensive learning experience that goes beyond a regular surf lesson.

Our sessions are tailored to you, and we will refine the session content based on your personal surfing goals. However, our focus always spans three core areas:

  1. Knowledge: Develop your understanding of ocean dynamics, board behavior, and more.
  2. Technique: Perfect your stance, turns, and wave reading.
  3. Fitness: Enhance your physical capabilities to match the demands of surfing.

Session Breakdown

The Specialist Surf Session last 6 hours, and will comprise of the following:

  • Two Water Sessions: Practical, hands-on surfing with immediate feedback.
  • Theory Time: In-depth discussions to deepen your understanding of surfing.
  • Equipment Trial: A chance to try out different boards to find your perfect match.

Location

We’re proudly situated in the five-star Headland Hotel. You’ll find us right under the Terrace Bar, overlooking Fistral Beach. Look for the surfboards and our sign; we never meet down on the beach, always at our hub.

When you book, you will receive the precise address.

Prerequisites

  • There are no prerequisites in terms of experience level – you can be a complete beginner. It is worth detailing in the comments when you book what your previous experience is so that we can match you with the perfect instructor for you.
  • Please kindly arrive on time, as start times are scheduled according to tides. Your start time will be confirmed when you book, based on the tide times for that day.

Why Choose Us?

Our coaches have decades of surfing and teaching experience across multiple disciplines. We aim for your personal growth, focusing on fun and self-development, not just ticking off technical boxes. Our location on Fistral Beach is a surfer’s dream.

We can’t wait to ride the waves with you!

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What's Included:

  • 6-hour surfing session including 2 in-water sessions, on-shore theory and opportunity to try different types of boards
  • All necessary kit (surfboards, wetsuits, and personal protection gear)
  • Changing rooms, showers, and toilets at the surf school

What's Not Included:

  • Towels and swimwear - please bring these with you
  • Transportation to and from our centre
  • Food/drink - please bring refreshments with you and/or some cash as there are plenty of great choices around the beach

Facilities

Changing rooms available
Showers Available
Toilets

Group Size of 2 and above: 30% discount

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Discounts

Group Size of 2 and above: 30% discount

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Frequently Asked Questions

Just bring a towel and swimming costume/shorts or similar to wear under the wetsuits. Wetsuits, surfboards (and in cooler months boots, gloves and hoods) are all provided and included in the lesson price.

Please come to our surf centre at the arranged time for your lesson, no need to come early. Your start time will be confirmed once you book, based on tide times for the day. We will send over our exact address upon booking confirmation, but we are situated at the Headland Hotel, Fistral Beach.

Safety and lesson quality are our prime directives. If we cannot fulfill these, we will postpone your lesson. That said, surfing is a very robust sport and can be practiced safely and enjoyably in conditions that might seem adverse if you are not a regular visitor to the sea. The decision to run or postpone the lesson will be made by the lead instructor. In this case, we will contact you and offer alternative dates and times for your session.

We pre-plan all of our lesson start times through the year according to the tides; Fistral is best around the lower to mid-tide ranges (though can be fine on a neap high) so if you are surfing with us each day, the start time will change. Once you make your booking, we will confirm your start time according to the tides on the day. However, as this is a 6-hour session, you will need to be available for the full day on the day you have booked with us.

For beginner lessons, you can expect to be able to touch the sea floor with your feet at all times. Typically, it will be around waist-depth. Advanced lessons are run ‘out the back’ in deep water.

Cornwall is blessed with clean seas! It is also largely free from biting things!

You might see the odd jellyfish but your wetsuit will protect you.

Weavers are small fish that lurk in the shallows around low tide. They sting if you step on them. The treatment is to immerse your foot in hot water to denature the sting.

You might be lucky enough to see seals and even dolphins!

Not as a beginner. Much of the work will be done ‘on foot’, pushing the board out and then jumping onto it to catch a wave in from standing depths.

Pool swimming skills do not translate to the surf environment in any meaningful way; being comfortable with your head going underwater and being strong enough to carry the surfboard down to the beach are more relevant abilities.

We do not put clients in situations where they have to rely on their own swimming ability.

Surfing is a wonderfully adaptable sport, you are definitely encouraged to get in touch to discuss your requirements with us once you have cleared it with your doctor as there is usually something we can work out.

Surfing is fun and healthy, and being active is safe for most people. However, some people should check with their doctor before they start becoming much more physically active. If going surfing would mean you would become much more physically active than you are now, please answer the questions below. Common sense is your best guide when you answer these questions!

  • Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical exercise recommended by a doctor?
  • Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
  • In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
  • Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
  • Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee, or hip) that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
  • Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs for your blood pressure or heart condition?
  • Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?

If you answered yes to one or more questions, speak with your doctor and tell them which questions you answered yes to. Explain you wish to go surfing and follow their advice.

If you answered no honestly to all questions you can be reasonably sure that you can start becoming more physically active – begin slowly and build up gradually

Testimonials

Tom
5
"I have had a great couple days with Dom. I am a lower intermediate surfer in need of learning some more advanced techniques to enjoy my surfing more and Dom helped massively with that. Dom has a brilliant holistic outlook with surfing, we did some really good mobility exercises to warm up, ran through some great technique stuff on land, helped me to understand the physics of surfing, and put it to practice out in the water. I feel a lot more equipped now to surf solo, and I have some clear areas to work on. Would recommend Dom to anyone who is after a kind, passionate and highly effective coach. The best surf coaching I’ve done!"
Kai
5
"10/10 great experience. I’ve traveled down with my other half all the way from Brighton for a get away down this amazing part of England and we can both say we are very much pleased with our choice to go with Surf Sanctuary. From amazing teaching through every aspect of how to surf safely and do it the right way, to great conversations and laughs throughout the lesson made us both feel very comfortable and content. I would definitely recommend to anyone if you’re looking for surf lessons whilst down in Newquay this is the place to go, no doubt about that."
Bhaswar
5
"An absolutely exhilarating morning with Dom, Hector and team! Great communication before and on the day. They kept a good eye on all the youngsters in our group and made it totally fun for them! I've never surfed in my life but with their coaching I was standing on the board by the end of the session. Have a go!"
Michelle
5
"Absolutely the best experience in Cornwall! We had our tours/ activities with Surf Sanctuary- headed by Dom. From inquiries, communication- it was great, decided to push booking. Situated at The Headland at Fistral, it was easy to locate and parking is free. From anxious friends, we ended loving the water more! 💖 All the equipments were in good working condition, wetsuits were CLEAN (they wash it properly every use). The orientation was so helpful it made my friends be confident in water. The staff knew their element, and will make you feel safe. Jaime was trying so hard to impress us in the Atlantic Water, making sure that we enjoy the snorkelling experience we had with them. Dom even hauled our friends for the whole trip, as they are not good swimmers. Then the coasteering- OMG we’re beyond words! It was a chef’s kiss cherry on top experience in our trip, it was tiring- but all worth it. I cannot even put into words how Dom and Jaimee made this trip so unforgettable! "
Evie
5
"I did the Ocean Confidence session with Dom today and it was amazing! He individualised the session to focus on areas of my surfing and ocean awareness that I am not confident in, and I learnt lots. The knowledge and skills learnt will really improve my surfing and safety in the water going forwards. Would highly recommend!"
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Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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