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Frequently Asked Questions about surf lessons at Fistral Surf School, Newquay



How do I pay or book the surfing lessons at Fistral Beach, Newquay?

book your surfing lessons at fistral beach, newquay  Click here > Book your surf lessons online


Which beaches do you operate surfing lessons at?

We operate surfing courses at Fistral Beach, Newquay

Fistral Beach  TR7 1HN   Google map > Fistral Beach

Are your surf instructors at Fistral surf school qualified and approved?

GSD is a 4 star British surfing Association surf school. This is the highest award possible for a surf school. All the instructors are also surfers, qualified by the B.S.A and SLSA. In addition to being Enhanced CRB certified.

I am coming surfing this week where will the surf lessons be and what time should we meet?

This is very important you must email or txt us three days prior and we will let you know what time we will be meeting and which beach we will be using.

I am coming on a stag weekend and we are surfing in the afternoon is it ok if we have a few beers before we come to meet you?

No, sorry we do not accept anyone whom has been drinking beer. We suggest you choose to do something fun and healthy first then go to the pub to celebrate after. Nothing like a cold one after a hard days surfing.

What do I need to bring?

The cost of the course includes the use of a surfboard and wetsuit. If you have your own bring it along, however the cost of course stays the same. Please bring along a towel and some warm gear to wear. We also recommend high factor sun cream and in some cases total sun block. Even on cloudy days the face can burn.

Are the courses suitable if I am not a strong swimmer?

It is a B.S.A. rule that all participants must be able to swim 50 metres. The beginner surf sessions stay in waist depth of water, so you do not have to be an olympic swimmer. The great thing about this session is everyone has fun at their own pace.

What other Important information do I/we or my group need to know?

All participants must be at least 8 years old minimum and be able to swim 50 metres in Open Water. Each lesson is approximately 1½ - 2 hours long

Use of Surfboard and Wetsuit are included in the price.

All Courses are carried out by BSA Accredited Coaches.

Each lesson is structured to take account of different ability levels.

If you suffer from any medical condition that may affect safety - e.g. Asthma; Epilepsy; Diabetes; Heart problems etc. please contact us for advice.

What happens if there is no surf?

Flat periods are experienced all around the world, and generally the worst period for no waves is the summer. Which is a shame for us surfers as the days are long and the water warm. However, in the summer we do get consistant small surf and this is perfect to learn in and also train in. If however the conditions are deamed unsuitable GSD will credit you with any lessons missed due to conditions within a one year period. Most of the time however we can offer alternative water activities and surf fitness training that will help the development of your surfing.

What time do courses start?

We run 4 sessions a day in the summer months some starting at dawn. The morning session starts around 10.00 a.m and the afternoon session starts around 2.00 p.m. Obviously this is dependant on the tide and surf for each particular day. We ask that customers arrive at meeting point about 20 minutes prior to session start time.


What happens when I see a surfing course I want to purchase and how do I Pay for it? 

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How can I fly to Cornwall ? 

Mawgan Porth is 5 minutes by Taxi from Newquay airport. Please see below for flights to Newquay.


Airline flights to Newquay Airport.