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Wave height:1m

Suitable for:Intermediate surfers aged 6+, not beginners

Prices from:£65 (£55 child)

Intermediate Surf Lesson

Our intermediate lessons are focused on developing brilliant technique, learning new manoeuvres and building up confidence with the core elements of surfing.

Intermediate Lessons

Our intermediate surf lessons take place in the Reef area of the lake and they are all about improving your skills and boosting your confidence. They cover a range of areas, with a focus on learning how to control and manoeuvre your board as you ride the wave. Some of the key elements that you will touch on in the lessons are top and bottom turns, top turn snaps and cutbacks – as well as working on how to generate and maintain speed along a wave. The coaches will also work on helping you perfect your take-off! 

The lessons are not only for those who are progressing from our Waikiki setting to the intermediate waves, but they are also highly recommended for anyone who wants to work on their core surfing technique. These lessons are about getting the foundations right – and possibly correcting any bad habits you may have picked up! 

our coaches

Our coaches are highly qualified, professional and experienced. They are also down-to-earth, friendly and encouraging! We have worked hard to develop a truly inclusive approach to learning that can be adapted to suit all levels and abilities and helps to build confidence as well as surfing skills. 

This session is not for beginners, you must have some surfing experience and confidence to take part in this lesson.

Intermediate Wave Facts and Figures

Intermediate wave: A range of open-faced waves. The Waves have a soft incline and slow peeling speed, with some steeper sections.

Wave height: 1m

Lesson length: 1.5 hours

Water depth: 1.5m at take off

Wave duration: 10 seconds

Please arrive at least 60 minutes before your session starts

Intermediate Lesson

You must arrive at least 60 minutes before your surf session

Surf coach giving instructions on how to catch a wave at surfing inland lake The Wave in Bristol


Ages 6+ who are able to swim 25m unaided.

These lessons are not for beginners, you must have surf experience. You should be a semi-regular surfer, have good paddle strength, have a consistent pop up and are starting to catch the green face of a wave.

If your surfing isn’t at this level, that’s okay. You may be more suited to a Waikiki Lesson or a Beginner Lesson.


  • Develop stronger paddle technique and strength 
  • Perfect your take-off 
  • Learn to generate and control speed as you trim along the wave 
  • Perfect your bottom turn – the most important turn in the surfing handbook! 
  • Practice and feel more confident with your top turns, top turn snaps and cut backs 
Surfer riding green waves at The Wave, inland surfing lake powered by Wavegarden in Bristol

Ideal For

  • Surfers wanting to practise paddle technique and strength 
  • Those wanting to learn how to turn, and/or improve their turn technique, on consistent waves 
  • Surfers wanting to learn how to generate and control speed along the wave 

Intermediate 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. 

Woman riding first green waves at the Wave in Bristol

Waikiki Lesson

Beginner Lesson

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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.