Our Mission:

  • To continually invest in training and equipment for our coaches and students to ensure consistent standards of excellence delivering the most up-to-date, comprehensive training that incorporates best practices from all over the world.
  • To promote water safety and confidence by participating in beach and pool activities.

Your Senior Coaching team:

Andy – Head Coach Surfing
Known as ‘Greyshark’, Andy has over 30 years international surfing experience.As a qualified Surf England  and ISA Coach and formerly of North Devon Surf School, Surf Southwest and the Wave Project, Andy has many years experience coaching around the North Devon coast.

Andy has developed a personalised approach to lessons that works with your achievement goals to ensure success. No matter your age or ability Andy will work with you to progress and develop your technique as you master the sport. Lessons with Andy are always high energy fun and full of laughter!

Andy is also our qualified SLSGB Trainer/Assessor and the lead instructor on all of our SLSGB certified courses, including the kids club Surf Cadet.

As a seasoned competitor of marathons and long distance running, Andy is also a qualified Level 3 personal trainer and the expert behind out Beach Boot Camps which are run on beaches around North Devon  Andy is also available for 1-to-1 personal training sessions.

Claire – Head Coach Swimming
A passionate swimmer and still competing on the International Masters circuit, Claire has spent most of her life in the pool and ocean.Training as a Coach in America, Claire is qualified with the American Swimming Coaches Association as a level 4 coach and certified Stroke Technician. With her passion for open water swimming, Claire is also a certified Level 3 Coach with the World Open Water Association. Returning to the UK, Claire has also qualified with Swim England as a Coach in both pool and British open water swimming.

Technique forms the foundation of all of our sessions in the pool and open water. Lessons with Claire are always knowledge packed and fun with something to challenge you.

Your experience:

All of our programs are overseen by a member of the senior coaching team who are supported by experienced teachers and certified coaches. No matter your age or ability we personalise the program to challenge and motivate you to reach your goals while having some fun and learning new skills along the way.

Our small school is located a short walk from Westward Ho beach and this is where our surfing lessons, open water swimming and SLSGB courses take place. We are also lucky enough to have Bude sea pool within a short drive which is the preferred location of our Level 2 open water swimming courses. There is also a sea pool within a short walk along the promenade which we use for technical open water coaching, our open water induction and some of our kids club activities (weather and tide dependent).

Within a short drive there are some great indoor swimming pools where we base ourselves for our swim squads, coaching sessions and swimming camps. Barnstaple pool is a 6 lane, 25m competition pool with boards, blocks, anti-turbulence lane ropes and a minimum depth of 2m. Our alternative pool is in Torrington and suitable for more novice swimmers that may be nervous about being out of their depth for the whole session.

Our Curricula:

Based on the latest research and techniques, each program implements a well designed curriculum that is designed to be age and level appropriate with regular assessment, awards and certification as new skills are mastered. The sessions across all the sports we offer are designed to maximize the time learning while creating the most enjoyable experience and memories.

Our kids clubs allow for safe and fun days, focusing on water safety and enjoyment. Depending on the number of days they attend each child will have the opportunity to gain certification from SLSGB as a surf cadet or from Swim England.

Call 01237 720130 or email info@surfandswimschool.com to book your training

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