This class focuses on getting the technicalities of paddling correctly in flat water. If you are looking to progress to specialist forms of paddling such as downwind, surf, racing or long distance paddling this class is essential to learn to paddle more efficiently, faster and avoid repetitive injury. Classes take place in the tidal lagoon outside the surf centre, or enclosed water. This class follows the ASI technical paddle guideline covering correct board position, posture and paddle technique in detail.

This level is open to paddlers that have done beginners lessons, or independently paddle already and want to improve. Juniors must be 13yrs + for individual SUP lessons.

Availability : Weekly from May to Sept.

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"I hadn't realised how simple changes to my paddling could make such a difference to the speed and power I can generate - so good!"

Steve T, Edinburgh

Lesson Information


Lessons last two hours and all equipment is provided.  All participants must be over 7 years old and able to swim 50 metres unaided.


We provide top of the range 5mm wetsuits, safe and stable softboards and all accessories required for the time of year so you're really warm! If you're more advanced we also provide hardboards.


We operate from the Belhaven Surf Centre, a wonderful brand new facility on the beach.

The surf centre has hot and cold showers and underfloor heated changing rooms next to the south side of Belhaven Beach.


All equipment is provided but please bring a swim costume towel and sun protection.

If you require medication such as inhalers, insulin etc, please ensure that you notify instructors so it can be taken to beach in our safety bag.


Standard lessons have a max ratio of 1 instructor to 8 pupils and often supplemented with an extra assistant. Advanced classes are 1:4 max.

Our staff all have lifesaving or beach lifeguard qualifications, are disclosure checked, and have an ASI or ISA level 1, 2 or 3 instructor qualification. Four of our current team have been Scottish National Champions in either surfing, longboarding or bodyboarding in the recent past.


South East Scotland is one of the UK's best locations to learn to surf with perfect, small beginner waves in Scotland's sunniest location.  Belhaven Beach is one of the best beginner friendly beaches in Scotland.

In the event of no waves, you will be contacted in advance and offered an alternative sport suitable to the weather conditions, such as stand up paddle, coasteering, surf skate or a beginner zero surf class.  Our range of sports means that we can offer an activity in all but the most extreme weather conditions.