FamilySurf Lessons

Family surf lessons from two of Cornwall’s safest beaches.

Gwithian and Praa Sands are highly regarded as two of the most family friendly beaches for surf lessons in Cornwall. There is no better family experience to share in Cornwall than surfing. Whether it’s the thrill of all the family standing up and sharing a ‘Party Wave’. Or the entertainment of watching each other ‘Wipeout’ in spectacular fashion.

At Global Boarders our focus is on you and your family, creating the perfect atmosphere, with fun, engaging and informative instructors who can make an ordinary lesson become extraordinary. We aim to provide you with easy to learn techniques, low student to coach ratios and the highest quality equipment.

NEW for 2024 – All family surf lessons include an additional 1 hour surf hire after the lesson for FREE!

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A guide to a family surf lesson

All of our instructors are highly trained lifeguards each with over 15 years surfing and lifesaving experience. Our wetsuits are all winter thickness and surfboards are kept to the highest standards and are no more than 2 years old. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult when joining a mixed group family surf lesson. For families with younger children we would recommend booking a private family lesson. All participants will benefit from exclusive use of our facilities, including heated changing rooms, lockers and toilets. Directly next to the surf school you can find our friends at Sunset Surf Cafe, Gwithian's only beach front cafe. Open daily 10am – 4pm giving surfers and spectators access to lovely food and drink during your visit.

What the experts say

"Teaching a family how to surf is a wonderful experience. I love how surfing brings loved ones together, creating lasting memories filled with great waves and entertaining wipeouts."

Ava Wilkinson
Senior Surf Coach
Family friendly surf lessons.

Here's what our wonderful customers are sharing

Thea Schuler
Thea Schuler
2023-10-04
We went kayaking with Matt and we had the best time on the water. Matt was able to tell us so many stories and sealife details. He also showed us a lot of caves and we were lucky to see a seal, lots of jellyfish and even some mackerels. Thank you Matt for making it so much fun and taking the time!
Sarah S.
Sarah S.
2023-08-27
Had a surf lesson with Ian, who was a skilled and thoughtful teacher, encouraging and hilarious. Made all of us first time surfers ranging from mid-forties to seven, extremely comfortable, counting it as one of our favorite days on a family holiday. Thank you to the team!
Wendy McFarlane
Wendy McFarlane
2023-08-27
Another amazing lesson with Justin in Hayle 😊 He’s very good at guiding and helping you better your kayaking skills and he is very knowledgeable about a lot of things! I would highly recommend Justin, this is my 3rd lesson with him and have booked my fourth, can’t wait 😁
Melissa Drayson
Melissa Drayson
2023-08-17
A fun paddleboarding adventure on a beautiful afternoon at Mullion Cove. Stephen was a great guide, who looked after our mixed ability group well and taught us lots of new techniques. We saw seals and cormorants at Mullion Island and enjoyed a bit of complementary coasteering, swimming through one of the many caves along this stretch of cliff.
James Wray
James Wray
2023-08-16
Went coasteering with Global Boardriders and Chris with my two sons, 12 and 15. It was a private booking, so just the four of us. It made for a great day out and was tailored to our abilities. Loads of interesting info and a really unique perspective on the coastline. It was the boy's favourite day of the trip, and my youngest was very happy he'd made the jumps. Highly recommended, I would do it again.
Nicola Everett
Nicola Everett
2023-08-12
Great experience. We paid £40 for a 2 hour beginner lesson including equipment hire for our son. First and foremost we had a friendly, welcoming service from the lady in the reception area and we were really pleased that the 2 hour timer began when the lesson started, once on the beach! The instruction was a thorough induction to surfing! inparticular a shout out to a great teacher Louie! To top it all off they included a free hour of surf board use after the lesson. My son thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Private Family SURF LESSONS

Here are the essential details for private family surf lessons with Global Boarders Surf School in Cornwall.

  • Minimum age – 4 Years old!
  • 2- 3 hours lesson length.
  • Lesson rates – £60 per person (3-5 people)
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Family Taster Surf Lesson

Here are the essential details for a taster family surf lessons with Global Boarders Surf School in Cornwall.

  • Minimum age – 8 Years old!
  • 2 hours lesson length.
  • Lesson rates – £40 per person.
  • We will guarantee your family members will all surf in the same group.
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Hit the Surf 2 SURF LESSONS

The “Hit the Surf” package offers two 2-hour family surf lessons. In the first lesson, you’ll master the art of standing up, while the second lesson focuses on staying up. Over the two days, you’ll also learn advanced techniques like the pro pop-up and methods for speeding up and slowing down. Additionally, you’ll be introduced to catching your first reform or green wave.

  • Minimum age – 8 Years old!
  • 2 hours lesson length.
  • Lesson rates – £40 per person.
  • We will guarantee your family members will all surf in the same group.
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Family Surf Experience 3 SURF LESSONS

The Family Surf Experience course stands out as our most popular surf lesson package for families. As beginners progress, they’ll quickly learn some of the most thrilling skills in surfing. By the third lesson, our coaches will introduce the art of “trimming” your surfboard along a wave, along with wave reading techniques to ride them left or right.

  • Minimum age – 8 Years old!
  • 2 hours lesson length.
  • Lesson rates – £40 per person.
  • We will guarantee your family members will all surf in the same group.
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Private Family Coasteering

Discover our private coasteering adventure from Mousehole, Praa Sands or the Lizard. Led by one of our expert family guides, the experience is tailored to suit your preferences and confidence levels. From exploring marine life like ‘Star Fish or Cornish King Crabs’ to thrilling jumps off our scenic cliffs, every moment promises excitement and discovery.

  • Minimum age – 6 Years old.
  • Session rates – From £50 per person.
  • *NEW for 2024* – free adventure water photography.
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Group Family Coasteering

The Group coasteering adventures, choose between the picturesque villages of Mousehole,  Praa Sand and The Lizard for your families coasteering adventure. We run on an average 1 guide to 6 students ratio and where possible the booking team will try and pair you with a family of similar age.

  • *NEW for 2024* – free adventure water photography.
  • Minimum age – 10 Years old. (check out the private adventures for children ages between 6-9).
  • Sessions rates – £45 per person.
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