Strandhill Surf School

About Us

Strandhill Surf School was established in 2006 and fast became one of the leading surf schools in Ireland due to its reputation for quality service and professional, enthusiastic instructors. Owner and operator Paul Buchanan is originally from New Zealand. Years of experience surfing and lifeguarding highlighted for him just how great surfing was in Strandhill.

Strandhill Surf School sets itself apart by our great beachfront premises, in walking distance to the waves and by a professional approach to our lessons. Upon arrival you check in and meet the instructors, who will give you all the gear needed. After going to the changing facilities, where toilets are showers are provided, you are walked down to the beach where the lesson begins. Your boards will be taken down for you where the instructors will have chosen the best spot for your lesson. We have recently introduced Stand Up Paddleboarding which is proving to be a fun option when there are no waves and the conditions are calm and suitable.

Your surfing gear includes a beginner’s foam board, ideal for learning and a warm wetsuit and boots. In cold conditions wetsuit gloves and hoods are available. Our wetsuits are restocked every year ensuring good condition and are thoroughly washed and dried after every lesson. We also have a range of intermediate surf boards for more experienced surfers.

Our instructors are fully qualified Surf Instructors and Beach Lifeguards with valuable local knowledge of the beach conditions. The head instructors, who have been at the surf school for a number of years, have extensive experience and give valuable tuition and encouragement. New instructors, from Ireland and New Zealand, are recruited and selected on the basis of their enthuiasiam as well as surfing experience, creating a fun environment for individuals, groups and especially for our popular Children’s Summer Camps.

Strandhill Surf School is Irish Surfing Association (ISA) approved meaning we meet the high standards set by our governing body. Your safety is important to us so the instructors are with you at all times and keep in communication with our office through walkie-talkie radios ensuring a safer environment for your lesson.

After your lesson you can enjoy the local cafes, bars, restaurants and great local ice- cream as well as nearby amenities. Check out our two live Webcams, streaming the surf conditions daily.

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