The surf school with the best teaching ratio (6:1) warm indoor changing hot showers a sea view cafe a licensed bar on site accommodation

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Surf Lessons Croyde

Discover all surf lessons designed by England Surfing Head Coach Damon Beveridge.

Coasteering Croyde

See the coast like never before coasteering. Find out all about our coasteering adventures.

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Croyde Surf Hire

Hire the latest surf equipment delivered to your door.

With the highest Google review ratings and ranked #1 for Things To Do on TripAdvisor
You’re guaranteed a great experience!

Being featured in The BBC, Vogue, The Independent, Airbnb, Carve Magazine, Surfing England, alongside a multitude of 5 star TripAdvisor reviews, video tutorials, and surf blog insights is something our surf school is very proud of. Come and take a surf lesson, go coasteering or just grab some surf hire, at the very best Croyde surf school.

Expert standards reflect everything we do

We want you to enjoy the water as much as we do. Whether you’ve never stood on a board before or have been doing it for years, we want to help you progress to your full potential. My extensive coaching including time as Head Junior Coach at Surfing England, has all been put into practice at the Surfing Croyde Bay surf school in North Devon.

At Surfing Croyde Bay surfers are coached with surf lessons designed from beginner to expert. There are private lessons and group lessons. We run the highly respected Surf Development UK surfing programme that has led to several Team GB surfers. These high standards are implemented into beginner and intermediate private and group surf lessons.

Coasteering Croyde or coasteering Devon is an experience like no other. Coasteer and experience the adrenaline-pumping combination of traversing rocks, floating through gullies, sea swimming, exploring caves and negotiating rock jumps with our qualified coasteering professionals.

Coasteering is an ideal activity for a rainy day in North Devon, as a family fun day, Hen or Stag party, or group corporate team building adventure.

Croyde surf hire is a premium Surfing Croyde Bay product.

If you want the best surfboard hire, from any surf shop in Braunton or the surrounding area, visit our surf hire team. If you want the best wetsuit hire or need a premium bodyboard we’ve also got you covered.

Softech make the best soft surfboards available. We’ve teamed up with Softech so that you can hire the best soft-top surfboard available on the market today.

Wetsuit hire is with Tiki, we stock a huge range of men’s, women’s and junior sizes, so you get a hire wetsuit with the right fit.

“We want you to enjoy surfing as much as we do, so whether you’ve never stood on a board before or have been doing it for years, we want to help you progress to your full potential. My extensive coaching including time as Head Junior Coach at Surfing England, has all been put into practice at the Surfing Croyde Bay surf school in North Devon.”

Find out why Surfing Croyde Bay is consistently rated the best surf school in North Devon. Trip Advisor, Google Reviews and Facebook Reviews consistently rate Surfing Croyde Bay as the best surfing and coasteering experience in North Devon. Visit the surf shop and have a chat to find out why!

There’s a difference between a Surfing Croyde Bay surf lesson and your standard surf school lesson.

Our surf lessons have those three components you’ve been seeking from your surf instructors during your other adventure sports activities: professionalism, quality and buckets of adrenaline fuelled fun.

We also have the smallest ratio of surfing coaches to students of any Surfing England Centre Of Excellence In Croyde at 6:1.

Developed from the ground up by Damon Beveridge, who in addition to 15 years surf coaching, has had extensive experience coaching both the British and English National Surfing Teams.

From the minute you walk through the door you’ll discover this is a surf experience with a difference. Your surf session is customised for surfers of any level, from beginner surf lessons to advanced surf lessons.

Come and visit for a single lesson or book an immersive surf course over several days.

Croyde Bay isn’t just a beautiful beach, it’s also an adventure playground ready for you to explore. Croyde beach is one of the best surfing beaches in the UK.

Steeped in surfing history, Croyde Bay is known the world over for its amazing surfing conditions. It doesn’t just stop at surfing, with amazing food and drink in Croyde Village, coasteering, stand up paddle-boarding, cycling and beautiful coastal walks. Croyde really is a special place, and we think you’ll think so too.


If you are looking for the best teaching experience then you’re in the right place.

The best Croyde surf school translates into the best surfboards, the best wetsuits, and most importantly the best surf instructors. You can rest assured you’ll be in the best hands with the highest level of Surfing England instructors, who are all fully qualified lifeguards.Surfing Croyde Bay isn’t just the best Croyde surf school to learn to surf. 

We think it’s the best place to learn in the whole of the UK! You’ll get a highly personalised experience with the lowest instructor to student ratio 6:1 of any Surfing England Centre of Excellence.With Surfing Croyde Bay there’s a surf lesson for you. Choose from a range of surf experiences that cater for all levels and experiences. 

Choose from beginner, family, private, corporate and performance surf experience sessions. All available from a single lesson to multi-day courses.



“We’ve  created a Croyde surf school with a difference. Our aim is to set an example to improve the overall standard of surf tuition in the UK. At the centre of our approach is our teaching ratio of 6:1. That translates into more individual attention, more teaching time and greater enjoyment in the water. My time as Head Junior Coach – Team GB and Team England, has given me a plethora of coaching experience at the highest levels of UK surfing. I’ve put this into practice at Surfing Croyde Bay. Visit us and discover why we are the best surf academy in Croyde”


Ex-Head Coach Team GB Junior

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“The Softech surfboard has been personally selected by me as it’s simply the best board to learn and develop your surf skills on. The advantage of the  Softech board, is found in stability, shape and rail design. It really does help and increases the speed at which you can progress with your surfing.”


Ex-Head Coach Team GB Junior

Softech are the world’s leading soft surfboard company. Surfing Croyde Bay Croyde Surf School is working very closely with Softech to improve the overall experience of surf lessons in the UK. Better equipment means more fun and progression in the water. 

you are in safe hands

With the lowest student to instructor ratio of any Croyde surf school, in fact in any Surfing England Centre Of Excellence, you can rest assured you’ll get plenty of 1:1 surf coaching as well as a highly experienced pair of eyes keeping you safe.

All of the Croyde surf school instructors are fully qualified water safety experts with lifeguard certification. Your safety is our paramount concern and our overarching ethos is to keep you safe whilst enjoying the best available surf lessons.



Here’s what you can expect from your surf lesson when you visit Surfing Croyde Bay. We offer surf packages fro beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. We meet at your start time and complete the waiver. You then get fitted with the right wetsuit and board according to your height, build and ability. We then head to the beach. After your safety briefing and beach talk, covering technique and goals. We then hit the water for a minimum of 90 minutes where your surf instructor offers you continual feedback.

ALL EQUIPMENT IS INCLUDED – Everything you need is included: surfboard, wetsuits, boots, gloves& hood if necessary

DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE for Surf Hire – If you’re a returning customer you are eligible for 20% discount on surf hire.



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Do you use Softech equipment? Alder and other boards aren’t as good.

What is your teaching ratio? Your max group size should be 6

Do you have Level 2 ISA surf coaches? This is the highest level of qualification.

How old are the surfboards you use for lessons? It should be less than 2 years.

Will I get my own surfboard to learn to surf on? Don’t book unless you do!

Do you have hot showers? Surfing Croyde Bay is the only surf school in Croyde that offers a hot shower after your lesson.

Do you have male and female heated changing facilities? That’s something our customer’s really value, especially for kids!

You you offer lockers so that I can safely store my belongings? At Surfing Croyde Bay free lockers are available for all customers.

Do you have multiple wetsuits in all sizes? At surfing Croyde Bay we have 100s of wetsuits and at least 10 suits in all sizes. This ensures you’ll get a snug fitting suit for your lesson.

Are your coaches led by an inspiring team leader? At Surfing Croyde Bay the surf instruction team is led by Damon Beveridge. Well known in the surf industry with nearly a decade of experience coaching Team GB surfing.

Surf Instructors

Without a great instructor, you’re not going to have a great surf lesson. One of the most important aspects of a surf lesson is your instructor. Your chosen surf school should be providing a qualified surf coach, with a beach lifeguard qualification who has a passion for teaching surfing.

Your surf coach should be helping you to progress, giving you pointers and direction, and supporting your learning needs. Your surf coach’s attention should be on you and your group at all times!

At Surfing Croyde Bay we are lucky enough to have the Team GB Head Junior Coach as a Director. His knowledge and expertise is continually passed onto our Level 1 and Level 2 ISA surf coaches. We also run the well respected Surf Development UK programme out of our surf school Croyde which has led to a string of Team GB surfers. So, you can rest assured that the lessons you receive at Surfing Croyde Bay, are the very best that you can get!

Equipment That Fits

You should check with your surf lesson provider what equipment you will surf on, and wear. 

A warm modern wetsuit is essential. You won’t get the best out of your surfing lesson if you’re not comfortable. Make sure the wetsuits aren’t old, baggy or have holes in the neoprene. Make sure there’s a wetsuit that fits you!

Surf equipment varies massively from surf school to surf school. Having the right length surfboard with the right level of buoyancy is essential to get the most out of your surf lesson. Under no circumstances should you be sharing a board or using a board that doesn’t fit you. If this is suggested to you you should cancel your lesson and book in with a professional surf school. You should also make sure that the surfing equipment is modern and is of decent quality. The best learning boards are Softech by far. You can check out why here.

One of the most underestimated items at a surf school is the wetsuit you receive. We’ve teamed up with local wetsuit manufacturer Tiki, who sponsor Andrew Cotton a local big wave surfing hero. We constantly refresh the Tiki wetsuits you will get, ensuring you get a modern warm wetsuit. Additionally we stock the most Tiki wetsuits in Croyde. This means there will always be a wetsuit that fits you snug and keeps you warm in your surf lesson.

Your board will be this year’s model of Softech. At Surfing Croyde Bay we are the largest stockist of Softech surfboards in Devon. This means that whatever your shape, size or standard of surfer there will be a lesson board that fits you. Our boards range from 5’6″ to 9′ long with buoyancy to over 100 litres of volume. 

The Basics: Hot Showers & Changing Facilities

Not all surf schools offer the basics, believe it or not! Your surf school should provide you with a place to store valuables, warm changing facilities and a hot shower after your lesson.

At Surfing Croyde Bay we are the only surf school in Croyde that has hot showers. We think it’s essential to be able to return to the surf school after your surf lesson and get warm and change in comfort. We are also the only surf school with a cafe attached so that after your experience you can get a snack, pasty, ice-cream or drink quickly and conveniently.

What is the 6:1 teaching ratio and why does it matter?

The student to teacher teaching ratio means how many students are taught by a single instructor. At Surfing Croyde Bay we limit this to 6 and on average the teaching ratio is 4:1 

A 12:1 ratio would mean that a single surf instructor would have to manage 12 people in the water. An 8:1 teaching ratio would mean that means the surf instructor will have 8 students in the water. We simply don’t think you should be taught with any more than 5 other students. It means you’ll get more teaching time, a better lesson and progress faster in a safe environment. 

The 6:1 student to teacher ratio at our Croyde surf school, is the lowest ratio of student to surf instructor of any Surfing England Centre Of Excellence. You can be sure that your lesson will never contain more than 5 other people. Your instructor will have ample time to give you 1:1 feedback during your lesson. You will progress as fast as possible based on your learning ability.