This is our guide to surfing schools at Rhossili, Llangennith, Caswell, together with a list of shops that provide surfboard hire at various locations on the Gower peninsula, Swansea Bay and Mumbles. If you are spending your holidays on the Gower peninsula why not try surfing? These schools cater for all abilities and welcome holidaymakers. Most provide surfboards, wetsuits, etc. so you can see if its the sport for you before buying this expensive equipment.
Surfing compares with similar sports like snowboarding/skiing in that the very basic skills can be learned in a day but more tuition time is needed to learn control and intermediate skills. The lessons provided by the following schools give an accelerated introduction into a very difficult sport by the use of ‘beach teaching’ the skills required by qualified instructors able to assess individuals’ ability and surfing conditions. As a measure of the success of the local Surf Schools, the majority of people achieve stand up surfing on their first day. Tuition is also available for surfers who want to improve or learn new skills.
The Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School
The Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School is based in Llangennith. It is a non-profit organisation, the governing body for surfing in Wales, and raises funds to promote surfing in Wales. The School’s role is to teach new surfers the safe, enjoyable use of the sea and to promote environmental awareness. It operates from spring to autumn, full time during the summer months and at weekends and by arrangement early and late in the season. It is the original Llangennith Surf School and the only one based in Llangennith and has provided surf lessons since 1981. All instructors are Surfing GB or International Surfing Association coaches, Beach Lifeguards, and have been CRB/DBS checked. There are female and male instructors and lessons can be conducted in Welsh.
Gower Surfing School
Operates all year round at Caswell Bay and during the summer months at Rhossili Bay. We provide all the surfing equipment you will need for free and we cater to everyone. Our surf coaches have a wide range of experience in coaching people and young people from all walks of life from premier league football players/British Lion rugby players to young people on a pathways project. Surfing is a great way to break barriers, build confidence, and get fit. Surf GSD is a member of the GB Surfing school scheme and also on the Approved Outdoor activity providers list for the City and County of Swansea. All surf coaches are qualified lifeguards, BSA surf coaches along with having CRB enhanced checks. Choose from a group or private lessons at Rhossili or Caswell beaches.
Llangennith Gower Surfing School
Llangennith Surf School runs surf lessons and surf courses from Llangennith beach. The aim of the surf school is to teach individuals how to surf, from absolute beginners through to intermediate level. We have fully qualified BSA and GB Lifeguards Certificate Instructors with the highest quality of coaching, ensuring you have a fantastic experience.
Our aim is to combine best practices from special education, health care, surfing, and lifeguarding to make surfing as inclusive as possible. We cater to our surfers’ additional needs so they can get the most out of surfing while having a safe and really enjoyable experience.
We run surfing lessons at the beautiful Caswell Bay on the Gower all year round, with some of the UK’s best beginner waves. In the winter, we also provide indoor skateboarding lessons for our surfers who find the winter sea too cold.
Children in Need 2020 – DIY SOS build a new surf centre at Caswell Bay for SurfabilityUK,
Prepare for spadefuls of community spirit, bucket loads of tear-jerking moments and the chance to witness Nick Knowles in a wet suit. It’s surf’s up when DIY SOS and the wonderful volunteers and companies of South Wales, descends on Caswell Bay to build a stunning surf centre for the BBC Children in Need funded charity, Surfability – the country’s first fully-inclusive surf school, who teach disabled children and young people the joy of surfing. Click on the image below to view the video.
Other Surf Schools
Surfing equipment shops
PJ’s Surf Shop
Family business run by enthusiasts who have been surfing for over 40 years, This is the place to find out about surfing, bodyboarding, and windsurfing, in South Wales and especially around Llangennith. In our shop, we sell surfboards, wetsuits, and many brands of surf clothing. As part of our complete service to surfers and others, we offer surf reports, surfboard hire, and repairs as well as giving visitors to Llangennith information about where to stay and what’s going on.
On-Board Surf and Snow
We have Wale’s largest Boardroom with over fifty surfboards on display, so if you are just starting out, surfing for fun, or are surfing on the competition circuit we will have a board to suit your style and technique.
Hot Dog Surf Shop
Hot Dog Surf Shop in Kittle, Gower is located just a couple of miles from the area’s best breaks in the region. The store has an extensive selection of fashion, wetsuits, and hardware! Hot Dog offers a relaxed shopping environment away from the crowds on the high street and with free parking, friendly and helpful staff a visit to us is a must!
Gower Surf Company
Shops supplying surfboards, wetsuits, clothing, leashes, wax, deck pads, fins, DVDs, and anything you might need to go surfing. For surf hire, wetsuit hire, boots, hats, gloves, leashes, and anything else you may need to go surfing. A range of surfboard hire is usually available, whether you want to rent a SUP, bodyboard, mini-mal or shortboard.