What to Bring
It is essential for each surfer to bring:
• A Swimming Costume
• A Towel
• Sun-block (min SPF 15)
• Plenty of Fluids (water recommended)
• Lunch or money for lunch or snacks
• Warm clothing and suitable wet weather gear
If your child has their own wetsuit, it’s well worth bringing it. Also, if they have their own surfboard, they may bring it when their instructor advises tem to do so (quite often we like to spend the first couple of days coaching the on a swell board, to enable them to improve their technique)
Lunch and Breaks
It is possible for us to provide a healthy and appetizing packed lunch that includes drinks for an additional cost of £30 per week. Ideally, your child should bring money to buy lunch at the beach but we recommend a packed lunch, as on a busy day, it may take some time to order food.
Beach Safety Lessons and Surf Life Saving
We teach one lesson on beach safety every day. We believe that everyone who spends time in the ocean should have a basic knowledge of beach safety. We will also spend at least one session teaching surf lifesaving; learning how to affect a basic rescue etc. Again, this is vital information for those who are looking to continue surfing.
Lack of Surf
As much as we would love the surf to be perfect 365 days of the year, it isn’t. However, it is very unlikely that we will get a whole ‘surf-less’ week. We aim to spend as much time in the surf as possible, so if we have a flat day, we will either play water and beach based games, teach surf life saving, beach safety etc, giving us more time in the surf when it does arrive!
We do not put anyone in the surf if we believe it may be dangerous. We will contact you as soon as possible if the surf is too big or dangerous.
Much like the surf, there is not much we can do to control the weather. Again, we aim to work our schedule around bad weather but we expect surfers to turn up with the appropriate clothing/wet weather gear. There are not many weather conditions we cannot deal with. Usually the sea is the best place to be if it is pouring with rain!
The only times we cancel due to bad weather are:
• Wind over a force 6
• Torrential rain predicted for the whole day
If we are unsure about the weather conditions, we will inform you the day before. However, we do not want to cancel if there is a possibility that the weather may change. We arrive at the beach at 07:30am and will phone as soon as possible if we have to cancel.
If for any reasons stated above we have to cancel a day of Summer Camp, we will give each surfer a voucher for the day they have missed. They can use it during the summer if they wish (as 2 separate lessons) or join in on our ‘extra Summer Camp’ days that we leave open at the end of the holiday. Please note that we are unable to give refunds.
All of our instructors are experience surf coaches and RLSS Beach Lifeguards. We follow a strict set of guidelines as used by the ISA and also by our own written NOP’s, EAP and Risk Assessments.
Snapshots & Video
From time to time our coaches take pictures and video from the land and use a waterproof camera to capture images of the day’s events. These images are to be used on our website and for promotional purposes. Should you wish not to have photos or video taken of your child, please write to the Guernsey Surf School prior to the programme’s start date.
Places cannot be confirmed unless a completed registration form and full payment have been received.