Surfing England Accredited Surf Schools

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Surfing England Surf Schools

Introduction to Surfing England

Surfing England is the UK’s leading surfing membership organisation. Based in North Devon, Surfing England is run not-for-profit by surfers for surfers. It represents surfers and participants at all levels, from beginner lessons to elite competition standards. The organisation also aims to break down barriers for people accessing the sport.

Membership services are available to surfers, while surf clubs can be affiliated with Surfing England. An accreditation scheme is open to surf instructors and surf schools operating in England.

Surfing England has accreditation from the English Sports Council, Sport England, the European Surfing Federation, and the International Surfing Association.
Part of its role is to encourage Local Authorities and beach owners in England to give only registered Surfing England surf schools to operate at their locations. The guidance is designed to optimise the safety of people participating in the sport and ensure that they get a good standard of coaching and are given the best opportunities to progress at surfing or one of the related sports.

What is a Surfing England surf school?

A Surfing England surf school has been accredited by the organisation to assure customers that agreed standards will be met with regard to tuition and other services provided by the school.

Where are Surf England surf schools located?

North Cornwall:
• Bude: Big Blue Surf School; Bude Surfing Experience
• Constantine Bay: Contstantine Bay Surf School
• Crantock: Big Green Surf School
• Mawgan Porth: Kingsurf Surf School, The Surf Club Cornwall• Newquay: Escape Surf School; Extreme Academy; Fistral Beach Surf School; Newquay Activity Centre; NQY Surfing School; Quicksilver Surf School; Surf Watergate
• Perranporth: Perranporth Surf School
• Polzeath: Georges Surf School; Surfs Up Surf School; Wavehunters
• St Merryn: Waves Surf School• Widemouth Bay: Atlantic Pursuits; OA Surf Club,

West Cornwall
• Penzance: Global Boarders Surf School and Vacations
• St Ives: St Ives Surf School

North Devon
• Croyde: Surfing Croyde Bay; Nick Thorne Surf Coaching (Putsborough); Surf South West
• Saunton: Surf Saunton; Walking on Waves
• Westward Ho!: North Devon Surf School
• Woolacombe: Hunter Surf School; Woolacombe Surf Centre

South Devon
• Bantham: Bantham Surfing Academy

• Branksome, Poole: Shaka Surf Branksome

• The Wave (indoor surf school)

Isle of Wight
• Newport: iSurf, Isle of Wight College

• Broadstairs: Joss Bay Surf School

North East
• Beadnell: KA Surf School
• Redcar: Saltburn Surf School
• Saltburn-by-the-Sea: Saltburn Surf School
• Scarborough: Dexters Surf School; Scarborough Surf School
• Seaton Sluice: Seaton Sluice Surf
• South Shields: South Shields Surf
• Tynemouth: Longsands Surf School

It gained recognition as the National Governing Body (NGB) for surfing in 2017, following a seven-year period of development. This included the merger in 2016 of the English Surfing Federation and Surfing GB. The organisation now represents the sport at national and international levels. The key role of Surfing England is to develop and support the sport of surfing in England. The organisation's scope includes body board, body surf, kneeboard, longboard, shortboard, and stand up paddle board.

The organisation has a small staff working from its offices, and a board of twelve voluntary directors, following the best practice guidelines laid out by Sport England.You can find Surf England surf schools in various locations across the country, from Cornwall to the North East.

Why choose Surfing England surf schools?

Surfing England seeks to promote safety and success in surfing, encouraging all ability levels to participate and progress in the sport. When you choose a Surfing England accredited school, you are assured of a high standard of service regarding both teaching and safety aspects.

Only surf schools that have registered with and been accepted onto the scheme can have a listing on the Surfing England website. Registered surf schools are graded according to a set of criteria and may be designated:

• Recreational
• Performance
• Academy
• Centre of Excellence

The grading awarded depends on:
• The qualifications of the school’s coaches
• The level of tuition available, for example, beginners, intermediate, advanced
• The resources and equipment available to customers of the school

All members of the English Surf School Scheme are required to adopt a set of rules from Surfing England designed to ensure that surfing activities at beaches in Britain are conducted safely and successfully. The best practice guidelines ensure that surf schools comply with all local, regional and national legislation relating to beaches and sport and recreation.

Find out more about Surfing England here.

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