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WAVE HEIGHT: 0.5m (white water)
Suitable for Beginners aged 6+
PRICES FROM: £55 (£45 child)

Beginner Lesson


Our beginner surf lessons are a mixture of lakeside training and in-wave action. They take place in our small white water waves in The Bay.  Your lesson will include a full health and safety briefing, thirty minutes dry land lesson and one hour in the lake. You’ll learn about water safety, surf equipment, body positioning and how to surf. Once you’re in the water, we’ll be with you all the way to help you catch waves.

Supported learning

Surf lessons are delivered by our experienced team of qualified coaches. Our coaching culture seeks to bring out the best in everyone. Our coaches are highly qualified, professional and experienced. They are also down-to-earth, friendly and encouraging.

Our goal is to help you to progress whatever your age, ability or fitness level. Our experienced coaches will adjust lessons on the day to ensure they suit your surfing experience and confidence in the water.

all equipment included

Everything you need is included in the price. Your surfboard, wetsuit, gloves, hat and boots (when you need them) and helmet. All you need is your swimsuit and a towel!

Beginner lessons – the facts and figures

Arrive 60 minutes before: You must arrive at least 60 minutes before your lesson begins

Beginner wave: Small white water wave that ends at the shore

Lesson length: 1.5 hours

Wave height: 0.5m (white water)

Water depth: 0.8m

Swimming ability: Able to swim 25m unaided.

Ages: 6+

Please arrive at least 60 minutes before your lesson

Beginner Lesson

You should arrive 60 minutes before your session starts. This gives you time to walk from the carpark, check-in for your surf, collect your equipment, get changed and be ready for your Health & Safety briefing 15 minutes before your session starts.
We are sorry but we are only able to allow assistance dogs on site.

Surf coach teaching two kids at inland surfing lake The Wave in Bristol


All ages from 6 years old and able to swim 25m unaided. There are varying water depths and you can stay at the depth and wave height you are comfortable with. 

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  • Catch a white water wave alone or with help 
  • Learn to fall safely and to deal with the board in different situations 
  • Be able to paddle back to the take-off point, during or between sets 
  • Start practising the paddle technique and paddle through white water 
  • Stand up and surf the white water straight, left or right 
  • Learn to turn while sitting on the board 
  • Learn to finish waves well and safely 
  • Have fun!  

Ideal For

  • Any beginner who has never surfed at The Wave before. 
  • Beginners who want to surf for the first time. 
  • Surfers who have some experience but want to improve their technique. 
  • Those who can get to their feet and adjust the speed of the board, change direction and finish rides well in white water waves. 

Beginner Lesson

You must watch a Health & Safety video and sign a waiver before you surf with us, please ensure you do this before arriving on-site. After your first visit, you will only need to sign your waiver once every 60 days. The system will automatically notify you when it is time to sign your waiver, please ensure you do this before you arrive on-site. You must watch the whole Health & Safety video before you can sign your waiver, this is to reduce the briefing time when on-site and help keep you socially distanced. 

Surfing and bodyboarding are physically challenging and carry risks that we cannot entirely eliminate. Have a look at our Health & Safety information and find out how to surf safely here. 

Beginner Lessons at The Wave

Gift Vouchers

Choose a gift voucher amount to suit you. The recipient has the flexibility to choose when they'd like to book their surf. The perfect gift for surf addicts or those looking to learn.

Opening Times

Our opening times change throughout the year. We're currently open Thu - Sun 6am - 8:30pm and 7 days a week throughout the Easter holidays
Aerial view of The Wave in Bristol inland surfing lake with waves

Surf Equipment

We include wetsuits, boots, hats and gloves in the price of your surf. Foamboards are available to use for free for Beginner - Intermediate sessions. We also have a range of boards to hire, starting from £12 for softboards and £17 for hardboards.