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Bigbury on-Sea, Devon.

 'One of the best surf schools in the UK' Coast Magazine

Learn to surf at Bigbury-on-Sea, with Discovery Surf School. South Devon's go to surf school since 2002.

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Discovery Surf School in Bigbury-on-Sea is a family run business that is dedicated to providing top quality surf and SUP coaching. We take pride in delivering our lessons in an environment that is safe, fun and suitable for all ages and abilities. Discovery is regarded as one of the top centres in the UK and our emphasis is on giving the customer the best experience possible.

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Family Surf Lesson

Our private family lessons are our most popular lessons. They are discounted and private, and perfect for family and friends groups of 4+.


Whatever the conditions are like on the day, we'll find the most suitable spot for you to surf whether it's out the front at Sedgewell, the Superbank, or over on the Causeway, all within easy walking distance of our main base.


Here at Discovery we have an enormous amount of experience teaching larger groups to surf and SUP, whether they're from a school, public service, sports team, scout group, language centre or a stag or hen do! In 2019, we taught groups from over 60 different organisations, including 28 schools. 

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All of our instructors hold ASI qualifications and DBS certificates, as well as being trained beach lifeguards with SLSGB.

"This was our first time surfing and we absolutely loved it! Our instructor Kai, was amazing, she was so patient and really understanding." Lucy R

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We use only the best equipment here at Discovery Surf School.

When you book a lesson with us, you'll be provided with an award-winning XCEL wetsuit and either a Softech or Indio foam surfboard. For paddleboarding we have Red Paddle, Starboard and Aztron. Plus Tootega kayaks for hire.

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Our surf school is ASI (Academy of Surf Instructors) accredited for surfing and AALA (Adventure Activity Licensing Authority) registered for SUP. Discovery is regarded as one of the top centres in the UK as we provide professional coaching with an emphasis on small ratios to maximise pupils’ progress and tuition. We are also pioneers of special needs surfing. And did you know that we are the producers of the internationally best selling instructional videos 110% Surfing Techniques 

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Equipment Hire

As well as surf/SUP lessons, we also have a huge range of equipment to hire, including surfboards, paddleboards, XL SUP, kayaks, wetsuits and bodyboards.

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We have a selection of hoodies, towel robes, beanies and hats to purchase in our shops and online. Plus ex surf school boards and ex hire paddle boards and kayays.



I have recommended Discovery Surf School to a number of friends and colleagues - I think the safety standards and small group sizes make your school stand out

The surf day was immense fun! The instructors were excellent at putting people at their ease and even the weather was perfect!

Staff were friendly and really informative and helpful regarding wind, tides, and where to paddle. Would highly recommend using these guys for hiring kit if you're at Bigbury.