Surfing Lessons

Bantham Surfing Academy offers lessons and courses suitable for all surfing skill levels, from the absolute beginner through to improvement and practice coaching for more experienced surfers.
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Beginner Lessons

If you have: never surfed before, can catch waves lying down, are able to stand up for a few seconds, have had a lesson/s before and want a refresher, then the beginner course is for you.
Price List
Beginner lessons (course duration 2hrs)
2 Lesson course ** Save £5.00 **
3 Lesson course ** Save £10.00 **
4 Lesson course* ** Save £15.00 **
£35
£65
£95
£125
All equipment: (board, full length well fitting wetsuit, and boots) are provided free of charge as part of the lesson.

Grom2Junior Rippers

Grom to junior coaching: 2018 prices and details.
Grom2Junior Level 1
£160 - up to 8 surfers in group
4 lessons
Perfect for beginner surfers. Includes safety talk and ocean awareness to keep safe.
Grom2Junior Level 2
£180 - up to 8 surfers in group
6 lessons
Perfect for beginner surfers that have the basics and want to progress. Includes safety talk and ocean awareness to keep safe and begin to understand how the ocean works.
Grom2Junior Level 3 - Part 1
£220 - up to 6 surfers in group
6 lessons
Perfect for entry level intermediate surfers wanting to surf out back in small green waves and begin learning to do turns. Includes technique talks and theory.
Grom2Junior Level 3 - Part 2
£240 - up to 5 surfers in group
6 lessons
Perfect for intermediate surfers wanting to learn how to perform more advanced turns including, angled bottom turns, top turns and cutbacks. Learn how to create speed and flow in bigger waves. Includes technique talks and theory.
Grom2Junior Level 3 - Part 3
£300 - up to 4 surfers in group
6 lessons
Includes video analysis and technique talks / theory.

Perfect for entry level advanced surfers using short boards ( own board) learn how to utilise rip currents, position in the lineup, improve wave selection, positioning, preform all functional manoeuvres with speed, power and flow.
The courses include logbook and certificate and 10% discount on T-shirts and hoodies.

Levels 4 / 5 / 6 on request only.
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All equipment: (board, full length well fitting wetsuit, and boots) are provided free of charge as part of the lesson.
Surf Coach International is proud to provide you with a fun filled surfing and beach safety and ocean awareness program aimed at developing your skills. You will be able to achieve real goals delivered in a safe and friendly environment.

We have developed 6 Levels each focusing on progressing your surfing skills, beach safety and ocean awareness. The programs will be delivered only by qualified Lifeguard Trainer/ Assessors and Surf Instructors, certified by National Governing Bodies this is to ensure a high standard of delivery and expert knowledge.

Level 1
Is designed specifically for the beginner surfers. All competencies are coached and assessed in shallow waters in a safe and controlled environment. You will learn the basics about your equipment, beach and ocean awareness, enough to keep you safe and aware of your surroundings. You will be required to catch waves on a regular basis towards the beach.

Level 2
Is designed specifically for the novice surfers, and those that have completed Level 1. All competencies are coached and assessed in shallow to medium depth water in a safe and controlled environment. Participants will be coached to surf further out catching spilling waves and riding to shore. You will learn more about your surfboards, equipment, positioning on your surfboard and general surfing etiquette. You must complete Level 2 Beach and Ocean Awareness modules before progressing onto the next level.

Level 3
Is designed specifically for the intermediate surfers and those who have completed Level 2. All participants will be expected to catch small to medium unbroken waves. All competencies are coached and assessed in medium depth water in a safe and controlled environment, with participants only moving beyond catching and riding white water waves when conditions are appropriate and risk assessments, surf conditions evaluated by the surf coach. Participants are to demonstrate a good competency in trimming, controlling and riding the surfboard along medium unbroken waves. A good take off is key and remember no knees! Now it’s time to really progress. Participants must also complete all Level 3 Ocean Awareness and Beach Safety modules to include junior lifeguard course before moving onto Level 4.

Level 4
Is designed specifically for the improver surfers and those who have completed Level 3. All competencies are coached and assessed in medium to deep depth water in a safe and controlled environment. Participants able to perform assessments in waves no bigger than 5ft. Participants need to demonstrate good use of body positioning, paddling onto waves, wave selection, trimming, angled bottom turns and riding small unbroken waves to the shore with good control.

Level 5
This level is designed for the developed surfer and those that have completed Level 4. You will be introduced to competition surfing and mentoring. All Level 5 activities and assessments should be conducted no further than 300m from the shoreline. Participants able to preform assessments in waves no bigger than 4-6ft depending on the participant’s confidence and ability. Participants need to demonstrate competency in linking up manoeuvres on the open wave face of a small to medium size un-broken wave. This level is about compiling advanced techniques, good wave selection, and well developed board riding skills combined with solid knowledge of safety and performance will take you.

Level 6
This level is designed for performance surfers and for those that have completed Level 5 or have had previous coaching. Initial assessments will be conducted to see level if required. Level 6 focuses on performance surfing, competition surfing and in depth knowledge of the surfing industry. You will be competing in National surfing events and support given to gain sponsorship. You will need to demonstrate implementing and combining big manoeuvres on the open face of waves no bigger than 6ft – 8ft depending on the participants confidence and ability. Your knowledge of the ocean and beach environment will be assessed. You will be required to have successfully completed your Beach Lifeguard or Lifesaver qualification. This level is the start to a career in surfing if you are committed to pursue your goals. Surf Coach International offer gap year tours to gain valuable International surfing experience and experience diverse surfing cultures.

Improver Lessons

If you have had lessons before and don't want to go over the basics of the course, giving you more water time, if you can stand and ride white water or green waves to the beach for a few seconds, if you can do basic turns in the white water and now want to learn new moves to elevate you to the next level, then the improver course is for you.

This lesson is designed for those who have had lessons and now want to go to the next levels.

The aim is to improve and refine your skills. It is designed to enable you to learn how to:
  • Paddle out back
  • How to duck dive or turtle roll to get through waves
  • improve your timing and catch more waves
  • use of currents to your advantage
  • improve your stance and style
  • Transverse along the wave left and right
  • Consistently catch waves and ride with control to shore
Price List
Improver lesson (course duration 2hrs)
£35
All equipment: (board, full length well fitting wetsuit, and boots) are provided free of charge as part of the lesson.

Coached Sessions

You have had lessons and now want to practice your new skills and keep learning in a safe environment !

Join in a lesson and your coach will keep a close watch your performance and provide in the water instruction to you.

Duration : 2Hr session
Price List
2 hour coaching session (in groups of up to 4)
Thereafter £50 pp for additional sessions (including video analysis).
£60 pp
All equipment: (board, full length well fitting wetsuit, and boots) are provided free of charge as part of the lesson.

Practice Sessions



Duration : 2Hr session
Price List
1 x Practice session (duration 2hrs)
£30
All equipment: (board, full length well fitting wetsuit, and boots) are provided free of charge as part of the lesson.

Kiddies Class

This class (For children aged 5-8) is a perfect way to introduce and let the little ones experience the thrill of surfing in a fun, fun, fun and safe environment. The lesson is an hour so as not to tire them out or let them get cold or lose concentration (we kit them out in warm suits and booties).

We give them a little safety brief and demonstrate how to paddle, catch waves and how to stand up. You will be amazed at how quickly your little ones will be up and riding and gaining confidence as the lesson progresses.

The lesson is held only under prime conditions and close to shore. This gives them confidence and allows you to snap away or film easily from shore. A parent needs to be in attendance so we offer the parents wetsuits to be able to get in the water with us, again giving the child an added level of confidence.

We also keep the class small with a maximum of 5 in a group
Price
Kiddies Class (course duration 1hr)
£25 per child

Birthday “Surfs Up” Parties

A great, exciting and adventurous way to celebrate a Birthday! (For children aged 6-12)

The “surfs up” is a FUN and safe way to celebrate your child’s, or your birthday. The birthday girl or boy will receive special attention and gets to ride the FIRST WAVE. All of the group will receive one on one attention from our instructors to ensure that everyone does stand up and have a blast riding waves to shore. Our coaches are always aware of anyone that may feel a little nervous or timid and will respond by building confidence and ensuring a fun time is had by all.

For the parents, we offer wetsuits to enable you to get in on the action and take pics and film from up close .We also offer the parents a reduced rate should they want to give it a go !

The “SURFS UP” is an hour and 15min of nonstop fun and excitement.
Price List
Per person (maximum party size of 5)

Parents (give it a go) reduced rate

£25 pp

£20 pp

Private Lessons

Price List (Lesson duration = 2hours)
For 1 Pupil
For 2 Pupils
For 3 Pupils
For 4 Pupils
For 5 Pupils
Private 1:1 (1hour 15mins)
All equipment: (board, full length well fitting wetsuit, and boots) are provided free of charge as part of the lesson.
Private Lessons
£90
£140
£180
£200
£250
£75

Body Board Lessons

Body Board Lessons: (1.5hrs)
# Lessons:
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2
3
4
Price:
£30.00
£55.00 ** Save £5.00 **
£80.00 ** Save £10.00 **
£105.00 ** Save £15.00 **
Body Board Private Lessons: (1.5hrs)
# Persons:
1
2
3
4
5
Price:
£75.00
£110.00
£140.00
£165.00
£185.00