We offer private introductory stand up paddle lessons (level 1) and short tours (level 2) for individuals with our experienced instructors.

SUP beginner lessons cover everything you need to learn initially including safety, equipment terminology and how to control your board in prone, kneeling and standing.

We also offer SUP tours the next step for those who have mastered the basics and wish to test their skills in different SUP environments. We offer tips on route planning and guidance on safety and technique. Adults and Juniors 13yrs or over are allowed.

We try to schedule SUP classes with the best tides and when conditions are good and have back up enclosed environments if waves or winds are unfavourable. We also offer alternative sports should conditions be too difficult and the options to reschedule or receive a voucher for a future time.

A full list of our procedures and expectations are on our CV19 page.

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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.