Frequently Asked Questions

Do you operate surf lessons all year round?
Yes! We are lucky in Strandhill to be able to surf all year round. We also have excellent, warm wetsuits, booties and gloves for the winter.
Do I need to be a strong swimmer?
No! Wetsuits provide buoyancy, as do the surfboards that are attached to participants at all times when in the water. Also we will never take any participant into a water depth that they feel uncomfortable in.
Is all the necessary equipment included in the cost of the lesson?
Yes! We supply everyone with high quality, warm, flexible surfing wetsuits. We also supply everyone with beginner surf boards. Our beginner surf boards have soft tops and flexible fins, so don't worry about injuring yourself.
Where do we meet for our surf lesson?
All participants are asked to meet us at Strandhill Lodge & Surf School 30mins prior to the lesson time, where you will be fitted with a wetsuit and sized with a board.
Where can you change in and out of the wetsuit?
We have dedicated male & female changing facilities, with indoor showers as well as a toilet. These facilities are conveniently located at our surf school.
What do I need to bring?
The only things you need to bring with you is a towel, swim suit, sun protection and sandals. But most importantly bring your smile & enthusiasm.
What safety equipment will the instructors have?
Our instructors are qualified beach lifeguards and will have full rescue tube and first aid kit WITH them at all times.
What qualification do the instructors have?
All our instructors have both level 1 surf instructors and Beach lifeguard Qualification. Four of the senior instructors have also got level 2 qualifications and each have an average of 15 years experience in surfing the local waves. The safety of all participants is assured during all sessions.
Will I be cold in the winter?
You should never be cold in a surf lesson. During the winter months (November to April) we supply booties, gloves and hoodies with 5mm winter wetsuits. With the correct equipment you will be warm in the water.
Is it possible to rent a board if you have never done a surf lesson?
No, rental of equipment is not available outside of surf lessons.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us directly & we will respond to your query as soon as possible.



Strandhill Lodge, Hostel & Surf School
Shore Road,
County Sligo
F91 W957


+353 (0)71 91 68313



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