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 in 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, the only school 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.
British Surf 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 for 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.
Lloyd Cole Surf Academy
Three times Welsh Champion Lloyd Cole is so passionate about Welsh surfing that he has opened a Surf Academy. His aim is to promote Wales as a first-class surf destination whilst helping to develop and nurture Welsh surfing talent. The Academy offers coaching for the complete beginner through to the Elite surfer and Pro weekends with world-class guest coaches. Lloyd Cole Surf Academy prides itself on having the best equipment, coaching facilities and the very best coaches in Wales! If your goals are to experience surfing for the first time, fine tune your current surfing abilities or even competing against the best in the country Lloyd Cole surf academy can help you achieve it and more!
Llangennith Gower Surfing School
Llangennith Surf School run 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.
Other Surf Schools
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Surfing equipment shops
PJ’s Surf Shop
Family run business 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
Onboard surf and snow 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!
Big Drop Surf Shop
Big Drop Surf Shop opened in Swansea in 1995 and is one of Wales longest established surf shops. After 18 years in Swansea city centre, we have just moved (2013) to a great new shop situated right on the shore of the estuary in Penclawdd. With a lot more room we will now have space for all those essentials needed for the beach and we have our own customer car park with free parking.
Gower Surf Company
Shops supplying surf boards, 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, body board, mini-mal or shortboard.