Introduction Courses

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.

Join us on our introduction to surf kayaking course. 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. This might include a shot journey exploring caves, arches and beautiful Cornish beaches. Once you’re are comfortable in your kayak we will move into the surf zone catching small wave first and when your confident build up to bigger and bigger wave and challenging more manoeuvers.

Surf Kayaking Cornwall is a world recognised training centre and all of our staff are qualified and have lots of experience out on the sea and surf. 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 before a debrief with a cup of tea in our classroom.

Our introduction to surf kayaking courses are focused on developing your skills and knowledge to enable you to be more competent and safe handling your kayak in the surf zone.

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.

1 Day Introduction

A one day experience to give you a real taste of the sport

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The theme of the one day courses, is to introduce you to the kayak and paddle. Learn to manoeuvre and paddle forward and then start to explore the surf zone and the beautiful Cornish beaches. If you have never paddle before we will start in a flat water environment introducing different strokes to help to handle the kayak more efficiently. The aim is to give you a foundation of skills and stroke you can then use in the surf zone. Lunch will be on the beach hopefully in sunshine watching the surf roll into the beach. Once you are comfortable you will move away from the flat water and into the surf zone. 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 and now feeling more confident to handling a kayak in the surf zone.

2 Day Introduction

A weekend of action and adventure

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On the 2 day introduction to surf kayaking course you will have an intensive first day working on skills and strokes in the surf zone similar to the 1 day introduction. On the second day you will then get the opportunity to put the skills learnt on day one into practice at either a new surf break or in bigger surf conditions. We have an efficient drying room at our base so you can have dry kit for day two.

5 Day introduction

an incredible learning experience

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Our 5 day introduction to surf kayaking is an intensive course. We will have the opportunity to really get to know you, and help you towards your surf kayaking needs and desires. We will also be able to surf and explore at different surf breaks and beaches on our doorstep as well try out different types of surf craft. By the end of the week we would hope to have covered: Paddling out strategies, positioning and wave selection, take off, riding, turns, ruddering, support strokes, surf etiquette and awareness of other. There is also time to learn different ways to rescue yourself and other paddlers as well as each day looking at the Surf and weather forecasting, tide times and how to predict the nature of the surf at any given surf break.