How do I choose a good surf school?

How do I choose a good surf school?

Once you decide on the destination location being Widemouth Bay near Bude in North Cornwall, the next step is to choose the right surf school.
It can be a minefield knowing which things to look out for, whether it's safety, quality, qualifications or insurances it's best to be sure that you are booking with a decent provider.
The first contact with a specific surf school could be by email, see what kind of response you get and how quickly you receive a reply. Also another great tool to use is Trip Advisor this gives you a wide range of visitors opinions, reviews and ratings.

Things to look for when choosing the surf school for you-


All surf schools should provide instructors with recognised surf instructor qualifications for example ASI Academy of Surfing Instructors Australia or ISA International Surfing Association. They are also required to hold a surf coach safety and rescue lifeguard certificate, both of which have to be updated regularly.
Surf schools that have a license through the local council such as Cornwall council have to provide qualifications, public liability insurance and risk assessments again on a regular basis. When choosing the right school in Bude, if you see that the surf school is advertising that they are a council license holder you can be reassured of some of the necessary requirements.

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Obviously until you visit the surf school, you will be unaware of the quality of the equipment. Once there you can identify whether they look after their wetsuits and surfboards and seem like they renew it regularly keeping it of a good standard for customers safety and enjoyment.

Things to look out for-

  • Wetsuits fit well and are of the right thickness for the time of year, not too hot for the warmer months and not too cold for the cooler months.
  • Surfboards are tidy and well maintained.
  • Leashes are strong and hold well.
  • Rash vests provided for on top of wetsuit for identification purposes whilst in the sea.

Quality Tuition

With the above criteria fulfilled, obviously the next aspect to consider is the quality of the surf instruction. Some people can feel anxious or nervous when going to a surf school for the first time and want to feel welcome, comfortable and safe during their time there. This is paramount if you are going to fully succeed and get the most out of your time with the surf school.

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