surfing activity centre in snowdonia


Surfing can take place year round, with the more consistent waves being found during the Autumn and Winter. We have either bodyboards, stand up paddle boards or kayaks available, to use in the surf.  The session can be a half or full day. Often it is combined with other activities based on the coast for a full and varied day out. The content and venue would be tailored so that appropriate sized waves are found for all.

A school student on an outdoor adventure course smiles as he walks his body board back out to sea.

Everyone loves the Beach! A memorable shared experience for the group.

"Although I was worried at first, the other group members encouraged me into the water. I was soon riding really big waves back into the beach and learning about the power of the sea."
Ben Green

Kayak Surfing

Whether in White Water Kayaks or Sit-on-Tops, we can provide a fun surfing session for you. Kayaks have the advantage that they can easily generate speed, which means catching waves can be easy.

On the beach we will look at reading the waves and ideal launch points. Then, throughout the session, we can develop your boat handling and balance, so you stay upright and direct the boat along the wave. 

We have double and single kayaks for the maximum amount of fun!

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Have fun splashing about in the waves, bodyboarding is a good way to be introduced to surfing. Through its simplicity it can be picked up quickly.

Bodyboarding sessions can begin with messing around in the swash and progress to more complex catching of green waves.

Surfing is a great activity for all abilities, allowing everyone to pick their own depths and wave size. 

Learning Outcomes

For Outdoor Education Courses

  • Understanding of the coastal environment and associated hazards.
  • Acquire new skills and recognise development, suggesting ways they or others can improve.
  • Awareness of others and hazards around them.
  • Expand on environmental knowledge of the sea.

Activity Venues

The beaches on Anglesey provide the most convenient surf breaks close to the centre. The West coast of the island normally faces the incoming swell with Rhosneigr beaches being the most open to provide the biggest waves.  Areas like Cable Bay and Porth Dafarch can offer shelter at mid to high tides.

Surf Courses

Surfing forms part of our outdoor education courses at Arete. Through the outdoor adventures, and residential stay, we incorporate a range of educational benefits for the pupils. Surfing can also be part of geography field work, looking at longshore drift and depositional environments 

Courses of all lengths available throughout the year. A dedicated and experienced instructor is allocated per group. They will tailor the outdoor education programme, that will be flexible to adjust to pupil progression and weather.

Costs: As an example, a 5 day fully catered course starts from just £235 per pupil for courses in November – February.

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know the time of year, approximate size of course, year group and any aspirations or learning objectives you may have.

 See our Primary or Secondary section from more information on our outdoor education courses. We also have a general Teachers & Leaders Guide.

All of our activities, including surfing, can be booked as a private session for any type of group. Surfing can be a half day or full day activity. It is also possible to combine with one other activity for a full multi-activity day. Possible combinations include surfing and sea level traversing, coasteering, kayaking or rock climbing.

Costs: Regardless of activity combinations, £70 per person for a full day of activity, £50 per person for half day of activity.
Minimum payment of £280 for a full day or £200 for a half day of activity.

Discounts: For groups, every 10th person can attend for free. 10% discount for schools, colleges, scouts & guides, cadets and certain youth charities.

Ratios: We run our courses at low ratios of 1:11 or less to ensure your safety and maximum participation.

Included: Bodyboard or kayak, safety kit, wetsuit and / or waterproofs as necessary. Transport can also be provided if you are staying at Arete Outdoor Centre.

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know your preferred date, approximate size of course, year group and any aspirations or learning objectives you may have.

More information: Please see our page on Adult Groups, Youth Groups or Family Activity.

We run Gold DofE Residential courses and Summer Camps during the holidays. Surfing can form a part of this 5 day multi-activity course. The accommodation is fully catered. You will meet like-minded individuals and have a great week of adventure.

2018 Dates: 9-13 April, 20-24 August, 27-31 August, 3-7 September.

Cost: £295 per person fully catered

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know you preferred date.

More information: See our Gold Residential or Summer Camp page. Alternatively contact us if you have further questions.