Surfing Lessons In Wales On Rhosilli Beach


We have just returned from the most wonderful week visiting Swansea Bay and the Mumbles. I honestly don’t know where to start; we did so much as a family.

However we have never taken surfing lessons as a family before. So this seems the perfect place to start.

I will be honest taking surfing lessons is not something I ever considered doing. And going by the comments on my Instagram and stories a lot of mums I know think the same. However if I could give you one piece of advice, it would be go surfing in Wales. Ok go surfing anywhere you can, but Rhossili Beach will always be special to me. It’s the place we first tried our hand at surfing.

A view of Rossili Bay

Surfing lessons at Rhossili Bay with Gower Activity Centre

Waves at Rhossili Bay

The day was booked with Gower Activity Centres

We were based at the Rhossili site where we met our instructor Stuart, got kitted out in wetsuits for our lesson and set of in the mini bus to the beach.

Gower Activity Centre is a wonderful organisation, which offers a host of activities on water and land. They offer many courses to schools and groups, including residential weeks in their on site accommodation. However they also welcome tourist groups. The instructors are all qualified and experienced so able to lead groups and tutor activities.

There is something stunning about Gower beaches

And as we walked down the very long track in our wetsuits, giving us time to take in the spectacular views over Rhossili Bay and the Worms Head I felt excited but soooooo nervous.

Where to get surfing lessons in Swansea Bay

Rhossili Bay Beach

Family Surf Lesson at Rhosssili Bay

Stuart started with a surf lesson on the beach

We covered the basics and all the health and safety stuff on the beach, also marking out a central point to all follow to prevent us drifting down the beach.  Joe was beside himself with excitement as we strapped our boards to our ankles and ventured into the sea.

As I waded out my heart was pounding. I was sure I would either injure or humiliate myself. The first thing I noticed was how amazing the wetsuit was. Part of my fear was being cold, however the wetsuit totally shields you from feeling the cold water.

It was a warm day and the sea is currently warmer than normal. Although we are not talking Caribbean temperatures, this is still the good old UK, yet I felt comfortable and did not feel the cold one bit.

Booking a family surf lesson with Gower Activity Centre www.extraordinarychaos.comLessons with Gower activity Centres

Family activities in Rhossili Bay

We started out learning how to read the waves and work out when to get on the board and when to paddle. It’s all about timing and Stuart worked with each of us to get this just right whilst lying down on the boards.

Once we were feeling confident we moved on to getting into a kneel position and steering the board. Now I felt this is where my skill was at, I was onto a good thing and why change something that works! So I spent the next couple of hours happily steering the board on my knees whilst Chris and Joe mastered standing.

It’s a weird thing mastering something new, especially in the sea. I was excited to keep going back and trying again. Concentrating on getting the waves at the right time. Yet also had one eye on Joe, checking where he was, was he ok. And that is the beauty of being with an instructor, I knew that although Stuart was all giving us hint and tips, he was that extra pair of eyes. Checking Joe was safe, following the rules and getting it right. Allowing Chris and I to take turns and feel safe that Joe had two pairs of eyes on him.

Being a surfer dude for the day

Booking surfing lessons in South Wales

A Family Surf lesson is the perfect way to spend a day at Rhossili Beach.

Having a lesson gave us the confidence we needed; Stuart was able to give us hints and tips on how to improve, whilst we would most certainly benefit from more lessons. We left feeling confident we had a learnt a new skill we will undoubtedly do again.

Pin For Later

Ever thought of learning to Surf in the UK The Gower Activity Centre is the perfect place to learn to surf as a family on the Gower Peninsular


Otis and Us

7 thoughts on “Surfing Lessons In Wales On Rhosilli Beach”

  1. I love this! Rhossili is gorgeous. We visited a few autumns ago and I’d love to go back in warmer weather. I can’t wait for our girls to be old enough to try this kind of activity #MondayEscapes

  2. I’ve only ever been to South Wales with work as North Wales and Anglesey are are “go-to” places for holidays. But Rhossili looks beautiful and I love the idea of a family surf lesson! #MondayEscapes

  3. Love this Sarah and Rhossili looks gorgeous!! We recently tried our hand at surfing in Newquay and I absolutely loved it, although I didn’t think I would ( I thought it would be mega cold!) Love your photos (I always love your photos!) they are wonderful! Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

  4. What an awesome thing to do as a family! It looks like Gower Activity Centers are a great company to go with. I LOVE Rhosilli beach too, it is so so beautiful, I really want to go back soon. The last time we went I was 8 months pregnant and somehow managed that walk down to the beach and back up again!
    Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes


Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.