Below are what we hope are the answers to the most frequent asked questions. If the answer to your query is not here please email us on email@example.com or call us on 071-9841968.
How much do surf lessons cost?
Beginner surf lessons cost €30 for adults and €25 for kids (up to and including 16 years old).
Kids easter and summer surf camp lessons cost €20 for one session (or €85 for 5 days).
A family surf lesson (2 adults and 2 kids) costs €100.
Group rates €25pp for groups of 7 adults and above.
Group rates of €20pp for groups of 16 kids and above.
For adults that sign up for 3 or more consecutive lessons we have a sliding scale:
3 lessons €85, 4 lessons €110, 5 lessons €130. Does not apply to group rates.
For kids that sign up for 3 or more consecutive lessons we have a sliding scale:
3 lessons €70, 4 lessons €90, 5 lessons €110. Does not apply to group rates.
Improver surf lesson €40.
Improver surf weekend €110.
Surf Academy Saturday lesson €40.
Surf Academy full day €75.
Surf Academy weekend €120.
5 day surf camps including accommodation and lessons start at €230pps.
7 day camps including accommodation and lessons start at €270pps.
What equipment is provided on the surf lessons ?
We provide all the surfboards, wetsuits and boots for your surf lesson, as well gloves and hoods in winter. We have changing facilities with hot showers and we give you a hot drink afterwards. We also transport you from the surf school to the beach and back in our minibus. All you need is a towel and swimsuit.
We use 4/3mm suits in summer and 5/4/3mm suits in winter.
What type of boards are used on the lessons?
We have a range of different boards that you can try on the surf lessons. We have regular Swell foam boards that are ideal for your first few sessions, and then we have more advanced soft boards that you can try as your skills progress. We also have a range of hard boards that you can try, such as NSP, Circle One and Powersource.
How long does a lesson take ?
Lessons take approximately 3 hours. Time in the water is usually 1 ½ hours, the remainder being allocated for getting wetsuits, transport to and from the beach, and introduction to the equipment.
We have full changing facilities and hot showers at the surf school as well as tea room for surfers use.
What time are lessons at?
Lessons are at 10am and 2pm daily all year round. We can also do 5pm sessions on request. During the summer and easter there is a kids club at 9.30 Monday to Friday. 5pm session is great in the summer for after work groups.
Surf Academy lessons for intermediate surfers at 9am every Saturday.
Improver surf lessons daily at 10am and 2pm.
For improver weekends, surf academy full day and weekend courses check the calendar of events.
Where do the lessons take place?
We use several local beaches for our surf lessons. Tullan Strand in Bundoran is our main beach in the summer as it nearly always has waves. If Tullan is flat it is likely that all other beaches in the area are also flat. When the swell is big we somtimes use Rossnowlagh or Streedagh. Rossnowlagh has the most gentle waves but can be exposed to the wind. Streedagh has more powerful waves and offers good protection from W and SW winds. Both beaches like mid to high tides. On a really big swell we use Mullaghmore beach, which has good wind protection.
What age do I need to be?
Lessons are for kids of 8 years upwards. We ask that children under 10 be accommpanied by an adult for the duration of the lesson so that if the kids are uncomfortable in the water you can bring them back to the surf school. Adults of all ages are welcome.
Do I need to be able to swim?
Beginners do not need to be able to swim, although it is always an advantage for water sports. Lessons for beginners are held in waist deep water.
Are lessons supervised?
All lessons, for all levels, are supervised by instructors that are qualified by the Irish Surfing Association. All our instructors are experienced surfers who know the local waves intimately. All instructors are qualified beach lifeguards.
How many people are in a lesson?
Groups are kept to a maximum of eight people to each instructor for beginner adult and kid surf lessons, and a maximum of 6 for improver and academy lessons.
Are people of different abilities grouped together in lessons?
Generally, groups of surfers of differing abilities are not mixed. We aim to keep people of the same level in the same group. If you have been surfing for a while and have had a few lessons then you should think about doing some improver lessons. If you are at a more intermediate level then the surf academy lessons might suit you.
How many surfing lessons do I need?
We generally find that after about six lessons most people have grasped the fundamentals of surfing. The next stage would be to try some of our improver surf lessons, or to buy or rent equipment and practice a bit more. Do not surf alone.
Are lessons for intermediate and experienced levels available?
Yes. We provide lessons for all levels of surfers. Intermediate level surfers are welcome and we can tailor a package specific to your needs. Check Bundoran Surf Academy for more details.
Is private tuition available?
Yes. You can get dedicated one to one lessons. It is also possible to hire a private instructor for groups of seven or more.
Are groups welcome?
Yes. We can accommodate groups. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements. Check the group surf lessons page.
What types of accommodation options are available?
We can arrange accommodation for you in Bundoran Surf Lodge. We have private en-suite rooms with TV and also dorm rooms. We also offer a range of self catering options.