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Lesson Costs (2014)

Type of Lesson Ability Length Cost
First Lesson Beginners
&
Improvers
2 hours 25
Any other lesson
beginners/improvers group lesson in the same season
Beginners
&
Improvers
2 hours 20
Full day Beginners
&
Improvers
4 hours 45
One to one surf lesson with video analysis
A two hour surf lesson.  Aimed at an improver/advanced surfer.  We will provide you pictures and video on a CD after your lesson taken with a waterproof camera.
Improvers
&
Advanced
2 hours 75
One to two surf lesson with video analysis
A two hour surf lesson.  Aimed at two improvers/advanced surfers.  We will provide you pictures and video on a CD after your lesson taken with a waterproof camera.
Improvers
&
Advanced
2 hours 100
Learn To Surf This Summer Offer
Aimed at beginners/improvers who want to really progress or for those that want a fun summer activity.
We will give you a record booklet so that you can track your progress.

Terms and conditions:
The 10 lessons are valid for the 2014 season only
No partial refunds are possible
Once purchased each session needs to be booked in advance
The offer applies to the named person who this offer is bought for and is not transferable to any other individual
This offer may not be used with any other discount

 

Beginners
&
Improvers
10 x 2 hour lessons
20 hours total
150

All lessons include:

  • A surfboard that is easy to learn on
  • A full wetsuit
  • Wetsuit boots
  • Extra time for getting equipment and changing

 

All you need to bring is a pair of shorts/swimwear and a towel

Please note there is a 3 charge for parking at Hillend Caravan Park. On site there are toilets and the parking fee can be used against purchases over 10 in Eddy's cafe.

We class a beginner as someone who has never surfed at all or has bodyboarded but has not stood up on a surfboard. 

An improver can stand on a surfboard on the whitewater/broken wave. 

An advanced surfer can catch an unbroken wave and can do a basic turn left and/or right.

Multi lesson programmes and small group/family lessons can be arranged.

Video analysis and photography for all types of lesson available on request (popular with stag/hen and birthday groups).

We split beginners and improvers into seperate groups taught by their own instructor (unless otherwise requested).

Gift Vochers are also available for all these courses.

Full payment is required to book (see terms below).




Surfing Lessons

A surfing lesson includes a suitable surfboard (long, wide, buoyant and made of soft foam), a wetsuit and tuition on surfing and water safety.  The shortest lesson we offer runs for two hours and we usually run two of these a day.  Some may have already tried surfing and have made the decision to take surfing up as a regular sport. They can then either have a block of lessons to start or have a number of lessons spread out over the summer to pick up new skills and get advice on fault correction.  Surfing compares with similar sports like snowboarding/skiing in that the very basic skills can be learned in a day but more tuition time is needed to learn control and intermediate skills.   We can also give unbiased advice on the correct surfboard and wetsuit for you to choose.

Surfing lessons provide an accelerated introduction into a very difficult sport by the use of 'beach teaching' the skills required by qualified instructors able to asses individuals ability and surfing conditions.

As a measure of the success of the Surf School we find that the majority of people achieve stand up surfing in their first day. Tuition is also available for surfers who want to improve or learn new skills.

You pay extra because for their travelling costs and as we are a non-profit organisation we can be cheaper to sart with.

Also your lesson time with them often includes driving and getting changed.  We charge 25 for 2 hours of instruction with an additional 30 minutes given to get the changing and equipment allocation at the start and end of a lesson so you will be with us for 3 hours.  

Please e mail or phone us if you require further information and see the How To Book  page.

 

 

How Many Lessons Should I Book?

We get asked this all the time and there is no one answer.  It really depends on whether you want a one off fun session or want to get into surfing as your sport as quickly as possible.

In our experience a little over 1/3 of the people we teach want a full day of lessons (2 sessions).  The remaining 2/3 find a single lesson just right.

As you need to pay for each lesson we advise you book for only what you are sure you want.  You can always add more lessons as you need (space permitting).  We advise children under 12 and people and those who want a more relaxed experience to only book one lesson a day.

Splitting a number of lessons over more days is easier as you can build in rest days.

 

Payment And Refund Terms For A Booking

The Short Version:

  • Payment is required in full in advance of a booked lesson by card (phone) or by cheque (post)
  • If you cancel your lesson there is a charge of 5 per person per session.  All other monies will be refunded to you.
  • If the surf school cancels a session due to no surf or gales then we will rearrange your booking or give you a full refund.

 

The Details:

The surf school operates a bookings system which we hope is as fair as possible to our customers.  We require advance payment to book a lesson.  This can be paid for by credit/debit card over the phone or by posting us a cheque (a lesson is not booked until we receive a cheque).

This payment guarantees that we can provide you a surf lesson when you want it, with a surfboard and wetsuit reserved.    As many people we teach drive a long way to learn to surf we know this is very important.  We have a fixed number of surfboards and when we are fully booked for a session we can take no more people.  The surf school also needs to know in advance how many people we are teaching in a session to have the correct number of instructors working.  In order to keep our costs down (and our lesson prices as low as possible) we only employ instructors when we need them.

The 5 per person per session cancellation charge covers our credit card charges and instructor booking. This charge is not transferable to another session even on the same day.  If you are concerned about the risk of losing a the 5 charge because of problems with transport, illness, or any unforseen circumsatnce then we recommend you purchase holiday insurance.  This cancellation charge applies to group bookings or bookings of blocks of lessons.  We treat each session independantly so a 5 charge is only for each session cancelled.   Also we treat each person in a group indepenantly with a charge of 5 per person.

In order to maintain the highest quality of teaching and safety a small number of lessons have to be cancelled becuase of no surf or very strong winds.  We make every attempt to rearrange a session for another day if this is possible for you.  If the surf school cancels a session and you cannot make another date then all payments are refunded in full.  The decison as to whether a session is cancelled because of surf or weather conditions is made only by the surf school.  The WSF surf school is proud of its well established reputation for being the only surf school in the area that runs lessons only if there is surf big enough to ride waves.

In our season from April to October the majority of surf lessons are lucky enough to have fine weather but as we run from Wales not Hawaii we do not cancel surf lessons if it is raining or breezey.  Surfing is an outdoor sport that means you can experience all of what weather we have (sometimes in the same day!).  We have 5mm wetsuits designed for winter use from November to April.  We also have boots gloves and hoods designed for the coldest weather if you need.  You will be warmer in the water wearing a wetsuit in the spring, summer and autumn than staying on the beach.

Special terms are applicable to the Learn To Surf Summer Offer.  With this no partial refund is possible.

 

Paying By Credit Card

Phone us on 01792 386426 and we can take your details.
You may get our answering machine if we are teaching so please leave your name and contact telephone number for us to call you back. 

For your security please do not leave credit card details on our answering machine.

 

Paying By Cheque

All cheques made payable to:

WSF surf school, The Barn, The Croft, Llangennith, Swansea, SA3 1HU
A lesson is not considered booked until a cheque is received and we reply with confirmation.

Please include with your cheque a letter with:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number(s) (home, work and mobile)
  • The session(s) you want

 

Group Discounts

There are three other visiting surf schools that come to Llangennith their prices are higher than ours ranging from 30 and over for a shorter lesson.  

You pay extra because for their travelling costs and as we are a non-profit organisation we can be cheaper to sart with.

Also your lesson time with them often includes driving and getting changed.  We charge 25 for 2 hours of instruction with an additional 30 minutes given to get the changing and equipment allocation at the start and end of a lesson so you will be with us for 3 hours.  

Discounts can be arranged for larger groups.

Please e mail or phone us if you require further information and see the How To Book  page.

 

Age/Other Requirements

Every person wishing to take part in a lesson must be able to swim for 50M in a pool and any medical conditions that they have that might endanger themselves or others in a lesson must be stated on the surf schools consent form.   If under 18 a parent or guardian can fill the consent form in.  A surf lesson is not suitable for anybody who is pregnant.

Surfing is a sport that can be enjoyed by all ages.  There is no maximum physical age for a surfing lesson (it's all a state of mind).  The surf school normally recommends a minimum age of 8 years old for a lesson.  For children under 10 years old we ask a parent/guardian/brother/sister/etc to be on hand for the lesson to help with changing into a wetsuit, taking the child out of the lesson if they become tired and to cheer good rides from the beach.  If you would like a child younger than 8 years old to have a lesson we ask a parent/guardian/brother/sister/etc to go into the water to individually assist (we will lend you a wetsuit).  This advice has been arrived at from over 30 years of experience of teaching young people to surf.  It is designed to ensure safety and to make a lesson as fun as possible.

Our lessons operate with a maximum of 1 instructor to 8 people.   Also all beginner lessons are kept within waist/chest depth water in conditions that have been assessed by the surf school manager for safety.


Surf Conditions

Due to our reliance on the surf to run a lesson there are occasions when the surf school has to cancel or delay a lesson to ensure customer safety and satisfaction.   The WSF surf school prides itself in its reputation for only running lessons if there is surf big enough to ride waves.  We do use surf forecast websites to identify problems.  These forecasts are often inaccurate but we can allow us to warn you in advance of a lesson if there might be a problem.  The decision as to whether or not a lesson can run is made by the surf school manager by 8.30am by the surf school on that day.

Due to the beach conditions at Llangennith the surf school is able to safely operate in very large surf.  This is because a beginners group will always be kept in waist to chest depth water where the waves will be small and safe for beginners.

As the surf school uses very large and buoyant surfboards, surf as small as foot can be used for teaching.

In our season from April to October the majority of surf lessons are lucky enough to have fine weather but as we run from Wales not Hawaii we do not cancel surf lessons if it is raining or breezey.  Surfing is an outdoor sport that means you can experience all of what weather we have (sometimes in the same day!).  We have 5mm wetsuits designed for winter use from November to April.  We also have boots gloves and hoods designed for the coldest weather if you need.  You will be warmer in the water wearing a wetsuit in the spring, summer and autumn than staying on the beach.

 

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