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Thinking about surf lessons Newquay? Here is the insider’s guide to knowing what surf lesson is best for you.
Making the choice to join a surf school for tuition is an important decision that certainly starts your surfing career off in the right direction. But what actually happens, what do you learn and what type of surf lesson is best for you?
These are just some of the common questions we are asked by people who join us at our Newquay surfing school. In this post we go behind the scenes, break down what actually goes on and answer those common questions that all beginner surfers face when learning to surf.
Benefits of taking a surf lesson:
Before we get into the detail of answering those important questions, let’s take a look at some of the top benefits of getting some surf tuition from the pros.
- Get answers to common surfing questions
- Gain insights & coaching based on tried & tested methods
- Discover the do’s & don’ts and save the embarrassment of surfing faux pas
- Build your confidence in the ocean
- Save time by learning the correct methods from the start
- Learn the basics from a professional surf instruction
Whatever your rationale or taking a class, learning to surf in a supervised environment with a qualified surf instructor is the best way for you to get a complete introduction in the surfing world, giving you a great head start in the sport.
different types of surf lessons & what is involved in each one?
We’ve kept it simple for this post but you can find out more information by getting in touch or by visiting each surf lesson page.
- Group lessons
- Private lessons
- Progessor surf course
All of our lessons are two hours long from once you are ready. We don’t include enrolment time or getting changed as part of this so you’ll have plenty of time on the beach and in the water.
‘Our pledge to anyone joining us for a surf lesson is to have passed on enough information for you to feel comfortable enough to rent some surf equipment and head out to a beach and practice surfing on your own with a clear understanding of basic surfing techniques and beach safety awareness.’
GROUP SURFING LESSON:
Group surfing lessons are designed to provide a fun and informative introduction to surfing for absolute beginners. You’ll be in a group of up to 8 other likeminded individuals, typically the lessons are made up of a wide variety of budding surfers from solo travellers, couples, groups of friends and families, all eager to give surfing a go.
Delivered by a friendly and experienced surf coach your group surf lesson is fun and safe environment to pick up the basics. Perfect if you want to see what all the fuss is about or if you’re at the start of your surfing path with surf lessons in Cornwall.
What will I learn?
- Introduction to beach & surf safety
- Basic surf terminology & parts of the surfboard
- Prone surfing, how to catch waves on your stomach, and controlling your surfboard.
- Fundamentals of how to pop up, ride waves to the shore and wiping out safely.
PRIVATE SURF LESSONS
1) Choose a private surf lesson if you want the undivided attention of a surfing professional, maximising the amount of knowledge, skills and feedback you can obtain.
2) Mixed ability groups – if you are visiting Cornwall with a group of friends or maybe some have more surf experience than others, a lesson exclusive to your group gives the coach flexibility to provide tips for both beginner and developing surfers without the distraction of other members of the public in your group.
3) small children under 8 years old? Typically surf schools in Cornwall only accept students into group surf lessons that are eight years and older. If you have youngsters who are dying to surf then private tuition is the best way to ensure they have a great time and learn about the sea safely.
Condensed learn to surf courses tailored to your ability and timetable are the ultimate vehicle to learn & improve quickly.
Much like an intense driving program, these progressor surf courses are a full immersion into the surf world. A good learn to surf course should touch on all areas of surfing from the basic physical movements to understanding the ocean and even the finer details of surfboard shapes, styles and history.
Learning to surf or even developing your surf skills can be a long draw out process for most. It seems that unless you’re lucky enough to start surfing at a young age or have plenty of time to donate to your new favourite hobby, surfing can prove to be a frustrating road to success.
The good news is, given time in the water your surfing will improve even if it doesn’t feel like it. To give yourself that little boost to get ahead of the curve, taking a few tips from a dedicated and qualified surf coach can really give you that edge, progressing your understanding and developing the correct techniques that are proven to work.
How to Understand Rip Currents & Surf Safety.
Learn the key points of how to identify rip currents & surf in safety.
Feeder – This is where the rip originates and is where the water brought towards the shoreline by waves, starts to recede back into the ocean.
Neck – As waves break and dissipate on the shallow shoreline, water then needs to return back out to deeper water.
In areas of the beach where there are deep channels sided by shallow sandbanks or fixed piers or headlands, water will naturally flow towards deeper areas and back out to sea.
Head – This is typically behind the surf zone and often where the strength of the current will weaken and slow down.
What are the different types of rips?
Fixed – Often found at large exposed surfing beaches, away from headlands, rocks or piers. As sandbars build, shift and break up, fixed or ‘open coast beach rips’ can be found regularly along the beach.
Permanent – Found where the beach has established piers, cliffs, groyne’s or any permanent feature extending into the surf zone. Otherwise known as ‘Topographic rips’, these immovable obstructions interrupt the parallel flow of water and force the rip to travel along the feature out towards the ocean.
Travelling – Initially, this form of rip current travels parallel to the shoreline, then changes in direction heading out to sea.
Flash rips – Caused by a sudden shift in sandbanks or a large increase in surf size.
Key points & facts about rips
Rip Currents are caused by waves
Rip currents can be very strong and travel up to eight feet per second.
Rip currents account for over 80% of rescues performed by beach lifeguards in the US.
Over 60% of RNLI lifeguard incidents involve rip currents. (Source)
A rip is strongest near the surface of the sea.
From personal development, safety & awareness of the ocean to deliberate practise and learning from a professional, our Top Ten Reasons to Attend Surf School in Newquay leaves no excuse for those contemplating join us for surf lessons in Newquay.
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