FAQ’S regarding our Junior Surfing academy at Caswell Bay, Swansea Bay Region/Gower South Wales
Do I need to book my son/daughter in?
You will need to book in advance as the junior surf academy is very popular with visitors and Swansea Bay residents.
What age groups does it suit?
All surfers must be able to swim 50 meters. If under the age of 8 then a parent/guardian must stay at the beach. We do get 5 – 7 year olds attending for half a day plus weather dependant. Most surfers are between 8 – 14 years old.
What about food?
There are cafes at the beach for hot and cold snacks, so parents/guardians can provide a pack lunch and perhaps a few pounds for snacks that will keep the young surfers going all day.
When does the JSA run?
We run the academy all school even at Christmas time. The sessions run SEVEN DAYS A WEEK and this summer we are offering working parents the chance to drop off at 08.30 a.m (costs an extra £5’s) or 09.30 a.m until pick up time of 15.30
How much does it cost?
You can pay for Junior surfing Half day or all day junior surfing option of £30. We also have a five day rate of £130 which can be used as week course or one day a week for five weeks or any combination that suits your needs.(NB you can pay online via the following link: Junior surf academy)
What do they need to bring with them?
The consent form which is emailed with booking or can be found here and printed off, warm clothing even if the sun is shining, a big bag to ensure their clothes are kept dry whilst surfing. Pack lunch and some snack money for hot drinks etc Any medication such as Asthma pumps which can be kept in the dry bag on the beach. Also SUNBLOCK.
What happens at the JSA?
We run it like a school day but more fun of course! There are three breaks throughout the day, morning, lunch and afternoon. In addition to the learning to surf we aim to build confidence in the ocean with water related games and training, we incorporate dry land games and activities and you will find that after a day on the beach the surfer sleeps well!
What if it is raining?
Even better for us as this means the beach will be empty and we get to have it all to ourselves, we will all be in wetsuits, so rain or shine it does not make any difference.
If the red flag is flying then we will not be going in the water and alternative activities will be arranged, this hs only happened twice at Caswell in the last 10 years.
After the summer do you keep on surfing?
Yes we keep surfing until the end of October, and this year we will be moving our surfing squads and sessions indoors at the LC Swansea. Which we are really excited about as this will help keep everyone fit and ready to go for April/May when we hit Caswell again.
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Are the staff qualified and Is the surf school reputable?
We have been running surfing lessons here in the UK for 10 years with a high repeat customer visit rate; used by most Local Authorities here in South Wales; a member of ‘Visit Wales in Style’; chosen by the LC in Swansea to help with the opening ceremony and to provide surfing lessons year round indoor at the flowrider; plus used by Kent County Council, Birmingham City Council, Millfield, Marlborough College, Clifton College and many more.
GSD was recently voted number one activity/must do in Wales!
The Director of SurfGSD is a Diploma member of the ISRM and previously worked as Leisure centre manager in both the public and private sector around the world- this experience and training reflects in the quality of the staff that SurfGSD attracts.
All staff are qualified lifeguards, enhanced CRB certified and British Surfing Association coaches.
We are visiting the area, have you any information on places to stay in the Swansea Bay Region?
Yes please see this link for a list of places to stay Swansea Bay.
For more info on our surfing lessons or booking a taster session