Gower Surfing Academy
Gower Surfing Academy
4.5
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SurfGSD is the ONLY licensed surf school by The City and County Of Swansea in the area and is the only surf school allowed to run surfing lessons at Caswell Bay, near Mumbles Village.About SurfGSD:Established over a decade ago, SurfGSD is one of the premier British Surfing Association approved surf schools. Recently featured on The Gadget show when Jason Bradbury had an indoor surfing lesson with us. Then Anna Richardson of the C4 Supersize versus Superskinny took an outdoor surfing lesson with us at Caswell Bay, Swansea. We have also been in the highly acclaimed Coast magazine, Times, Guardian, Observer, Daily Mirror, and the Independant. Our moto is Surfing for Everyone!
Swansea, Swansea County, Wales

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JollyD2212
London, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We had a fantastic two hour beginners lesson with Rob, who has now taken over this surf school. Booking was easy via text and Rob answered all of my questions quickly and efficiently. The lesson itself was so much fun. After a safely briefing and instructions on the beach we were in the water after about 20 mins. We are a party of eight adults/teens and we all felt Rob was attentive, friendly and clear. We all felt really safe the whole time. I would highly recommend lessons with this surf school. We will definitely be back! Top marks!
Written 7 July 2021
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Thank you so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed and look forward to seeing you again. GSA.
Written 5 August 2021
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Richard C
diversnet22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We had a fantastic family lesson with Rob at Gower Surf Academy. The lesson was great, and now our kids love surfing! We later returned to rent boards and wetsuits, and Rob couldn't have been more helpful. Highly recommended.
Written 28 May 2024
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miss_medi
Swansea, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2010
After graduating from university, rather than celebrating in the usual way by going abroad, a group of us decided to spend a week in Cornwall, learning how to surf.

We did a general Google search to find a local surf school in Conwall. We contacted many of the more well-known companies, which appeared high on the search results-page, along with a few of the lesser known schools, in order to get some quotations. However, since we were late in making the arrangements, most of the larger schools turned out to be either fully booked for the summer or they simply didn't respond.

One school that did get back to us however, was GSD (Gower Surfing Development). Although this surf school wasn't on the top of Google’s search results-page, they were by far the most helpful and most accommodating to us in regards to the dates and times we had in mind for our holiday. Their prices were very competitively priced also, especially compared those of a few of the larger companies.

Having finalised the arrangements with GSD, we arranged to have three surfing sessions- two in which we were taught the basics of how to stand on the board and catch a wave, and the third where we put what we had learned into action on our own.

Since none of us had been surfing before, we were all a little nervous of falling into the water and/or hurting ourselves, but Simon from GSD, was really understanding and patient with us, showing us exactly what we needed to do and when.

It was a fantastic holiday and by the end of the third surf session, every one of us had managed to stand up on our boards- even myself!!

I would highly recommend the GSD Surf School. They provided us with all the equipment we needed, from the wetsuits to the boards, and were able to cater for each of us- from myself at 5'3, to the tallest member of our group who was 5'10. It was a great experience, one which we hope to repeat this coming summer!!
Written 23 May 2011
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Jane C
Newport, UK30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Good - Rob was great & kids enjoyed his instruction. Won’t be back until he takes over the business.

Bad - Run by Simon, the rudest man ever. On arrival told the kids lesson was pushed back by almost 4 hours ‘because of crowds’ (as people on the beach on a sunny summers day is a surprise)!! Then he turned up late to the new time, on complaining about the wait, he threatened to cancel the kids lesson as he didn’t care if he gave them a lesson or not. Spoke to us like a piece of dirt on his shoe. Feel sorry for his instructors as they were clearly embarrassed about his incredibly rude and aggressive behaviour.
Written 7 August 2020
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I'm sorry that you had such a bad experience. Rob, your instructor is now the new owner of the business and I think you will find a definite change in approach. We look forward to welcoming you back to the surf school.
Written 5 August 2021
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lizl4134
South Wales, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
The lesson was great kids enjoyed and their instructor Rob was brilliant with them. He gets a 5 and we would go back once it changes hands.

Then there is Simon - After waiting all morning ( following the last of numerous time changes when we were nearly there) he turned up late and was rude and extremely patronising. The kids witnessing this didn’t want a lesson if it was with him. No customer service and just a very rude person.
Written 8 August 2020
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I am sorry that you had such a bad experience when you arrive. I'm glad that Rob, your instructor saved the day! For your information, Rob is now the owner of the surf school. So we hope to see you again in the future for a fun day..
Written 5 August 2021
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dickinsonwales
South Wales, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
big disappointment... our surfing instructor - I think called Paul - was arrogant and unkind. We were so looking forward to the day which was a birthday celebration.
Written 28 August 2018
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Martin L
Ibiza, Spain15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Friends
A friend and I went surfing with the Gower surf school booking 2 days half and half with lessons in the morning and practice in the afternoon. The guys at the surf school were very friendly and the tuition was really good. We surfed in Caswell Bay where they have a beach hut. The surf was good and the beach cafe 30 seconds from the beach hut served really tasty food. A good trip with an excellent surf school.

Thanks.
Written 28 August 2011
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markfromWales
City of London, UK15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
As a non-Uk resident, I found the booking and payment process with the Gower Surfing School chaotic. I booked a 2hr lesson with my daughter which was actually delivered by another company. Booking through them directly would have saved £70. The teacher, Vinnie, was great.
Written 30 July 2018
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bizmalone
Versailles, France21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
Perfect conditions, amazing instruction and patience with Brett... Lucky for us we had him all to ourself... And we even a managed to stand up. Can't recommend enough thumbs up from us Liz and Nats 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Written 5 July 2015
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Nikkiwriter
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013
We had a great 2-hour lesson. On time, expert teaching and really good fun. Will definitely be booking surfing with GSD now we have the surfing bug (that and the fact that my daughter stood on her board before me...She was made up) Huge thanks.
Written 1 October 2013
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