Walking on Waves offers surf lessons to people of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s your first time getting into a wetsuit or you’re an all seasons board rider, we can introduce you to surfing, improve your riding or fundamentally rebuild your surfing skills.
Group Surf Lessons & Courses
Our group surf lessons and courses range from one hour to three days. We meet up on our decking area, at the top of the beach slip road, and get to know each other. Then we move to the beach for a quick briefing before it’s into the water for your surfing experience with the help of Sarah’s expert on-the-water coaching techniques. But it doesn’t end there. Once the coaching is done, you have the option to keep the board and wetsuit so you can practice all day.
Private Coaching, Family Group & Surf Safaris
For a more personal experience, we offer private coaching sessions, family and friend groups, surf safaris and corporate team building sessions. I like to meet and greet and talk to you all before the lesson so the instructors know the level you are at and the improvements you’d like to make which we can help with.
Saunton Sands Hotel Guests
If you are staying at the Saunton Sands Hotel, please use the link below to access guest rates for private and family lessons, surf safaris and our concierge service.
Surf Mobility Fundraiser Sessions
Surf Mobility is a charitable organisation set up to provide surfing opportunities for physically disabled children. We host a series of surfing days at Saunton Sands, North Devon either as a one off lesson or as a part of a more in-depth scholarship programme.
To help us fundraise, please book one of our fundraiser sessions or make a donation via Surf Mobility’s website https://www.surfmobility.org/home.html
Stand Up Paddleboard
One to One coaching sessions and Inland Water SUP Tours with Max Shepherd (One of the UK’s leading Surf SUP riders).
BSUPA Instructor training and BSUPA competition enrollment
Quick Lesson Guide
First we go through the safety talk on the beach where we cover the flag systems used by the lifeguards, dangerous currents and how to avoid problems in the sea, and you will also be shown the signal you need to know if you ever get into trouble in water.
Then I will explain the basic parts of the board and how to hold the board whilst trying to get through the waves and which waves you will be looking to catch.
Next we go through how to lie on your board and explain how to paddle into waves and the timing involved in catching them.
The next stage is finding out which way each individual is comfortable standing on the board (whether you’re a left foot forward or right foot forward person). Once that is decided I show you the correct way to stand on the surfboard when you ride the waves.
At this stage I demonstrate the techniques for standing up on the board from the prone position. There are a few ways of doing this so if you’re not quite as agile as others, don’t be put off! I have some cunning plans and it’s not as hard as it looks.
Last we go through a safety reminder and then head off into the surf, where I circulate around the group, helping and guiding you by explaining what you are doing right and wrong.