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Wave height:0.5m (white water)

Suitable for:Beginners aged 6+

Prices from:£50 (£40 child)

Beginner Lesson

At The Wave we’re able to offer consistent safe waves that make learning to surf lots of fun for everyone, whatever their age or fitness level.


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 in groups of 8.  Your lesson will include a full health and safety briefing every time you surf, thirty minutes dry land lesson including warm up activities 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 as you catch your first 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 Coaches

Beginner lessons cover everything from building confidence in white water and learning to control your board to introducing you to the surfing basics and developing good techniques that work for you. Underpinning our culture is a strong belief that everyone learns differently, and there are many ways to ride a wave. Our mission is to provide you with a nurturing and supportive experience that gives you the skills and knowledge to surf your way. 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.

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

Wave duration: 12 - 15 seconds

What would my lesson look like?

An example of how a session with us might look for a lesson start time of 8.30am.

  • 7.30: Arrive and check-in at the reception in our car park
  • 7.35: 950m warm up walk to the lake
  • 7.50: Check-in at the surf desk and waiver check
  • 7.55: Collect your wetsuit and get changed
  • 8.15: Meet your coach, health and safety briefing and select your surfboard
  • 8.30: Start your dry-land lesson
  • 9.00: Enter the lake for your surf session
  • 10.00: Surf session in the lake ends and is followed by a debrief with your coach
  • 10.05: Get changed and hand in your wetsuit
  • 10.15 Relax and enjoy the view of more waves from the clubhouse

Please arrive at least 60 minutes before your lesson

Beginner Lesson

You must arrive at least 60 minutes before your surf session

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. 


  • 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 arrive at least 60 minutes before your surf session

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

Our surf gift vouchers are not just for keen surfers - they're a great gift to give to someone who wants to experience surfing for the first time.

Opening Times

Our opening hours change throughout the year. We're currently open 7 days a week.
Aerial view of The Wave in Bristol inland surfing lake with waves

Surf Equipment

We include surfboards, wetsuits, boots, hats and gloves in the price of your surf. We also have a range of boards to hire, starting from £10.