Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring for lessons?
All you will need for your lessons are, swimming trunks/small shorts for boys, swimming costume/bikini for girls. Bulky items will be uncomfortable under a skintight wetsuit. Suncream,drinking water, towel and appropriate clothing for before and after the lesson. Warm weather proof clothing is a good idea!
Will it be cold?
The water is likely to cold early and late season, but we use UK sealed winter wetsuits for our activities year round! These are thicker and much warmer than the cheap unsealed suits used by many UK surf schools. We also provide boots as standard and for the coldest winter months hooded suits (or separate hoods) and gloves.
How long do lessons last?
Standard lessons are advertised as a half day, this generally means around 2 to 2 1/2 hours of beach time.
Do I need to be a really strong swimmer to have lessons?
For beginner lessons and improvers we require a minimum swimming ability of 25m. All beginner lessons are run in waist deep water and carefully managed by expert instructors, with NARS Beach Lifeguard qualifications. For more advanced lessons we require a minimum swimming ability of 50m in open water.
Do I need a high level of fitness to learn to surf?
Surfing is a physical activity, but it is your lesson and you choose the pace. You can get out for a break at anytime during lessons. Having a good base level of fitness is a good idea, to get the most from your lessons. Have a look at the following link for surf fitness training.
What age can you learn to surf?
Our minimum age for learning to surf is aged 7 upwards. There is no upper age limit. For SUP lessons minimum age is 8. Children must be able to carry their own board.
Do I need to hire the equipment for my lessons?
No all equipment is included in the lesson cost. Suitable soft foam surfboards applicable to your size are used for beginner lessons. We use UK winter wetsuits year round and wetsuit boots as standard.
Are AberAdventures regulated?
We are mid Wales’ only International Surfing Association and Surf Schools Alliance registered surf school. This means we adhere to strict safety guidelines. We have valid insurance up to £5,000,000.
How many surf lessons will I need?
This varies from individual to individual, but as a general rule 2-3 beginner lessons will give you a firm grip of the basics (riding white water waves) and necessary safety protocols. If you have aspirations to be out back catching unbroken waves, then having more lessons is a must. A popular choice is one lesson a day until you feel confident, then hiring for a day or 2 to practice before returning for more lessons to further your progression. We now have practice sessions running on selected dates. There are many factors to consider that affect your rate of progression. Surf and wind conditions, budget, aspirations, stamina and fitness levels all need considering.
Where do AberAdventures run surf lessons?
We operate lessons in Borth or Ynyslas, depending on the surf conditions for the day. Have a look at the following link for directions.
We decide the day prior to the lesson where will be suitable. It is vital that you get in contact to confirm where and if lessons will be suitable to run lessons. We are also able to run lessons further afield for larger group bookings, get in touch to find out more.
Are there changing rooms?
As we meet at the beach, unfortunately there are no changing rooms. For Borth lessons there are public toilets that are well kept, to provide some shelter. Ynyslas is pretty wild with no facilities. Most people get changed by their vehicle and lock keys in the AberAdventures van. If you travelled without a vehicle then you are welcome to leave your belongings locked in the van.
What happens if conditions are no good?
It is best to have a little flexibility in case conditions are unsuitable for lessons on your chosen day, there is then the chance to re-schedule.
If conditions are unsuitable then we will either re-schedule you to another suitable day, offer you the chance to do another activity (availability and conditions depending) or a voucher valid for the next 12 months. Full refunds are available if none of the above are suitable. We require 14 days notice of any cancellations from you to receive a refund. See Terms & Conditions.
How can I pay for a lesson?
Surf lessons require payment in advance to secure the places, our booking system powered by Eola is easy to use and accepts payment from all major credit/debit cards. If you do encounter any problems then please just drop us a line. Please get in touch at the time of booking to arrange.
Do I need to book?
Yes. Pre-booking is essential as we have limited spaces. Booking early ensures you have the spaces you require. Booking is easy, just click book now and follow the instructions.
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