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Surf kayaking is wave riding but sat down! It is one of the most dynamic kayaking disciplines that’s easier to get started than you might think. Surf Kayaking Cornwall have introduced a fun, friendly and safe way for families, friends, clubs or corporate groups to DISCOVER the AMAZING world of surf kayaking.

Our world class reputation and coaches will convert you into a surf kayaker as they share their knowledge passion and adventures with you. We have great wetsuits and jackets to keep you warm out on the water and hot showers back at our base for the end of the day.

If you have never paddled before we will firstly teach you to manoeuvre your kayak in sheltered water before pushing you out into the surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Once you’re are comfortable we will move into the surf zone catching small waves at first until you have got the hang of it. In the surf zone we will look at paddling out, catching wave, rudders and trim. By the end of the day you should have caught many wave and hopefully the surfing bug

The emphasis of the day is on basic safe tuition allowing the individual to overcome fear and build confidence in safe surf environment. The majority of the day is spent surf kayaking at one of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches in small surf, we would aim to have a picnic or beach café lunch at the surf break hopefully in sunshine.

Experience needed?
You need no previous kayaking experience. However the course, also suits people who have kayaked a few times but would like a structured course to create a solid foundation from which to further develop their skills. If you have some previous experience please understand that we will start the session right from the basics to make sure the essentials are in place to coach from. 1,2 and 5 Days course available, for further details of what is covered click on the links below.

What if the surf goes flat on the course?
Over the duration of the course surf conditions will vary. Perfect surf is not required to successful improve your surf kayaking even at advance level. Whenever possible we will try and surf kayak whenever the waves are at their best. If there are any flat periods during the week we will use this opportunity to do classroom based discussions, deep water rescue, towing etc. If the forecast looks very poor then a decision to run will be made two days prior to the start of the course. Forecasts are never totally accurate so if the course does run and conditions are still unfavourable during the week/weekend we will look to offer an alternatives activity where ever possible on the days with no surf E.g. Sea kayaking.

Location and times
We will meet you and the rest of the group at 0930 at the Sea/Surf Kayaking Cornwall shop to discuss the days plan and get kitted up. We normally aim to finish around 1600, although this may be later depending on the surf break being used.
The Sea/Surf Kayaking Cornwall shop is at Dove House, Tregoniggie Industrial Estate, Falmouth TR11 4SN.

What to bring
Packed lunch – unless you are a group booking, with a request for a pub/café lunch stop.
Hot Drink / Water – minimum 1.5 litre per person
Sunscreen, Hat
Towel and Change of clothes
Water shoes / trainers

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The course fee includes all of the equipment needed, instruction and transport during the course (if required). We can provide all the necessary equipment to allow you to be comfortable and safe out on the water; including wetsuits, thermal tops, wind proof jackets, buoyancy aids, helmets, spray decks and of course kayaks and paddles. Surf kayaking Cornwall have a wide range of up-to-date surf craft for you to try.