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Come Coasteering!

Coasteering is one of the fastest growing coastal adventure sports in the UK – Join us one of our missions and see for yourself how awesome it is! A brilliant day out for families, stag & hen do’s, corporate events or just because you can!

With many years of experience and local knowledge, our coasteering guru Tomo (or Paul if you want to be polite!) is able to provide an experience that rivals all others in the UK for shear exhilaration and excitement! – read on and watch the short film below, to get a sense of what happens on one of our coasteering adventures – click the ‘book now’ button to get involved!

Saturday 10:06am:

We Arrive at Flamborough Head, basking in beautiful sunshine, we are greeted by an amazing vista from the top of the cliff. All kinds of sea birds taking to the skies against a backdrop of dazzling white cliffs and emerald green seas. We are taking to the water again, this time stoked to explore the hidden caves, arches and ledges of this hidden slice of paradise on the Yorkshire Coast.

Meg (the coolest spaniel you will ever meet) takes the lead, as we disappear off the well trodden paths, creating our own unique routes through the stunning chalk headland. Sometimes you forget what a stunning part of the world the Yorkshire coast is – the picture postcard views reminiscent of a somewhere in Corfu, its nice to be reminded what natural beauty sits so close to home.

As we leave the beach behind, we wade out into the sea making our way to the ‘washing machine’ – an open tunnel through the cliff exposed to the full force of the swell. The excitement and adrenaline build and the whole squad is hooting and cheering as we take on waves from both directions, playfully rocked by the tidal currents, we emerge victorious on the other side. A long traverse followed, climbing up to the entrance to Smugglers Cave. What better way to enter its cathedral like majesty than a 10ft pencil dive into the crisp clear waters below?

Swimming to the back of the cave we ascended a narrow gully to climb into natures own jacuzzi from where we viewed an impressive array of seabirds; Puffins high up on the cliff feeding their young, kittiwakes in their dozens swooping in clouds out to sea and the pre-historic looking cormorant surveying us with eager attention. ‘Where next?’ everyone cheers… We’re off to legends leap came the reply!

After 2hrs of adrenalin fuelled adventure we swam back through an awesome arch, a gateway back to the norms of reality. But for us coming in from the sea with spirits raised, limitations challenged and new friendships born this was a day that would forever be remembered!

Coasteering really is an awesome activity that we cannot recomend enough! Call Tomo or Carl on 01723 585 585 to find out more, or you can book your coasteering adventure here (also makes an awesome gift!!):

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Surfing and Yoga come to Scarborough!

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Fancy learning to surf with some of the most experienced instructors in the UK? Not only that, but you’ll be fully-warmed up when you get in the water with a signature TYR surf-yoga class, and cooled-down and chilled-the-heck-out post surf, too.

Scarborough Surf School have been teaching folk to surf for over 10 years, and all of their instructors are RNLI Lifeguard trained and fully-insured so you can be sure you’re in safe hands.

The surf lesson will last two hours, and all kit is included in the price. And you’ll get even more out of their amazing lessons (other than successfully riding waves!) with a surf-specific 45-minute yoga class to get you fired up, and a 30-minute yoga cool-down.

We’ll fire the barbecue up too, so bring your favourite BBQ food to help you recharge and replenish.

Sessions will be held at the beautiful Cayton Bay, just 4 miles south of Scarborough town centre. They’ve got a huge carpark, warm showers, men’s and women’s changing areas and a surf shop stocking some of the best surf brands in the world (not to mention the best tea in Yorkshire!).

You can choose either the 9am-1pm session, or the 1:15-5pm session on either Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th of August. Spots cost £53 per person – just choose the right ticket when checking out.

If you book on, don’t forget to bring suitable yoga clothes – something stretchy and comfortable – and a swimsuit or trunks (for under your wetsuit) and a towel.

Feel free to get in touch with either TYR or Scarborough Surf School if you’d like some more details.

SUP Weekend!

Making full use of the sunny weather and calm seas Scarborough Surf School launched what felt like an armada of Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPS) on the water this weekend, as we were fully booked both days. On Saturday afternoon we had an open group lesson for 9. After a SUP specific warm up and stretches and on land and briefing on SUP Basics (Hazards and Risk Assessment/Equipment/Entry and exit/Paddle technique/Rescue and recovery) we took to the sea.

Our group made excellent progress in acquiring basic skills and soon were mastering more advanced techniques including the Pivot and Kahi turns. Now equipped with the knowledge we set a course to explore the seal colony at the southern end of Cayton Bay.

Not to be disappointed we were fortunate to discover a young inquisitive seal pup. Keeping our distance so as not to cause undue stress, we were able to get pretty close and were closely inspected by our new companion in the water! We then parked the SUPS on a sheltered private beach created by high tide conditions and set to explore for dinosaur footprints! By the time we’d paddled back I think we could all agree that we all had spaghetti arms, a good tan and a great afternoons adventure!

We have made a short movie on with one of our recent SUP groups, check out here and get a feel of the vibe:

Book your SUP Lesson now

Here in the UK we are realising that SUP is fantastic way of getting out on the water, not just as a flat water alternative to Surfing but as a fabulous pass-time in itself. What makes SUP so accessible is that the basics are fairly easy to learn and so progress is quick. However there is much more to learn if you want to progress and here at Scarborough Surf School we have fully trained staff to help you make the most of your SUP adventures.

From just £40, the SUP offers a great way to get on the water and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.

2018 Grommets after school club is off to a flying start!

This Wednesday saw the Second session of our 6 week after school Grommets Surf Club here at Cayton Bay, as usual the surf was pumping and with glassy 2ft sets exploding into the high tide shore break it was hard work for the younger ones!

The session began with a lesson in Surf etiquette and awareness, as always this had tom be kept brief as the kids were itching to hit the surf!

Everyone caught some good waves and tackled the swell with confidence, some of the older kids did very well and are beginning to turn across the waves..

 

 

After a good surf with plenty of wipe outs it was back up the hill to Scarborough Surf School HQ for a well earned BBQ…

 

Simply Supping

This week saw our fist Stand up Paddle board lesson of the season delivered by newly qualified instructor Carl, and what a glorious day it was!

Sophie had originally booked in for a private Surf lesson but as the Sea was mirror flat it presented perfect Supping conditions, oh yes and it was the hottest day recorded in April ever!

As the tide ebbed out the outer reef revealed itself at Cayton Bay, this is a great area to explore, we even docked on our own private island!

A private lesson is quite intensive and people are always surprised how much skill is required to paddle and manoeuvre these huge boards safely and effectively, Sophie improved hugely during the 2hr session and by the end of it she was gliding across the smooth water with confidence.

During your lesson you will also learn how to asses the conditions and recognise any hazards before hitting the water, we then teach you basic manoeuvres, paddles strokes and self rescue methods add to this winds, tides and swells and suddenly you realise there is a lot to fit in a 2hr session!

A big well done to Sophie, and if you fancy getting fit and learning a new skill then give us a call…….

Summer Supping at Cayton Bay

Here at Scarborough Surf School we have been busy gearing up for the Summer season, this year we are hitting Paddle Boarding in a big way, firstly by investing in new inflatable Paddle boards which a far lighter board making the walk to the beach far easier and improving safety for our students.

The next task is to brush up on our instructor skills, so off I went to the beautiful St Ives in Cornwall  (yes its a hard life) to attend the ASI level 1 enclosed water and level 2 exposed water paddle board instructor courses.

I soon found out there is more to paddle boarding than meets the eye, body position equipment choice, risk assessing and paddle strokes are essential to get the most out of this fun sport and that is before we attempt a toe-side step back pivot turn!

The Course was run by Glenn Eldridge who is the elite coach for the ASI and competes globally in SUP and Kayak events, Glenn certainly put me through my paces to bring me up to the high standards expected by the ASI. This involved hours on the water each day, video analysis in the classroom and a couple of gruelling timed paddles for good measure!

I can now see the many benefits of Supping, the fitness aspect was particularly evident from my aching shoulders, and its a great way to explore or coast and inland waterways.  Most importantly you need to develop awareness of the environment you are paddling in and identify potential hazards which is what you learn in our SUP taster lessons.

There are many other skills to gain in paddle-boarding such as catching waves and down-winding, our sessions are all run in flat water and will give you the skills and knowledge needed to keep on paddling safely and effectively.

I was pretty stoked (and tired) at the end of the 4 day course to be told by Glenn I had got through it and passed and I am looking forward to taking our first sessions this spring.

Community Lifesaving at Cayton Bay

 

Life-saving facilities at Cayton Bay are now available all year round, instead of just during the busy summer season.
In an emergency, trained volunteers can access life-saving equipment at the lifeguard unit in Cayton Bay.
It has been organised by lifeguard supervisor Matt Jones, who says: “The initiative came about a few years ago when we realised that a lot of lifeguards in particular had made various assists – rescues involving casualty care over the off-peak times of year and after work shifts had finished.
“They only had their surfboards and wetsuits as opposed to the specific kit for rescue we carry on beaches – trauma bag, rescue boards, rescue tubes, wetsuits, fins and defibrillators”.
All the equipment is kept at the lifeguard unit in Cayton Bay.
It’s only the second unit of its kind in the UK. The other is in Newquay, Cornwall, where a similar initiative was set up after three people drowned the week after the lifeguards had finished.
The local community got together and came up with a plan to install accessible equipment for use by trained persons at any time of year.
To date seven lives have been saved.

The photo shows Matt Jones in the lifeguard unit (on the right) with surf coach and lifesaver Carl Walsh from the nearby Surf Shop.

(Words and photo by Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry)

Scarborough Surf School ISA award.

We are pleased to be awarded our English Surf Federation and International Surf Federation status for 2018!

So what does this mean?

This means we have reached high standard in the following areas which all combine to give you the best day out!

Location, our cliff top location at Cayton Bay is perfect for Surfing and Paddle Boarding, we have immediate access meaning its safe for the kids plus summer facilities such as public toilets and a Lifeguard service.

Equipment, we have invested a lot to make sure all our kit is up to standard and In good condition so whether Supping, Surfing or Coasteering you know your equipment is safe and up to date.

Skills, all our team members are qualified  in our activities, with the added bonus of having many years experience along our coastline and the rest of the world!

We are taking bookings now for summer 2018, give us a call on 01723 585585..

 

Stag and Hen Send off in Scarborough

Ok guys and girls its about that time of year when all you Best Men and Maids are probably thinking about how you are going to give those Brides and Grooms a jolly good send off.

Brave enough to leap into  matrimony? Then how about brave enough to leap off a cliff into the North Sea?

Our Coasteering sessions are perfect for Stags and Hens with a sense of adventure and who want to do something different, we can accommodate groups of up to 25 and its an activity which all abilities and bravado can enjoy. Each session is tailored to suit the group, if you want to jump from 20ft no problem, if you want to sit out the bigger jumps that is fine.

We can finish the session with a BBQ and drinks either on the beach or back at our cliff top location at the School.

New for 2018 will be the open water SUP challenge, this will be a choice of a 2.5 mile, 3mile or a 5mile challenge, hugging the coastline we will paddle our way from your chosen drop off point finishing either at Cayton Bay, South Bay or North Bay depending on tide and wind direction.

Click on the route link below..

Again we can finish with a BBQ at Cayton or the Pub at the other locations.

Give us a call for prices and availability, we can also help with accommodation and recommend the best places to eat and drink in town (please feel free to invite us along ;0)

Paddle board route

2018 New year and New Supping Adventures with Scarborough Surf School!

Happy New Year!

Here at Scarborough Surf School we have been busy plotting and scheming ideas on how to make 2018 a year for adventure, fun and learning new skills and one area we will be doing this is Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

So the first thing we have done is ordered a new fleet of SUPs, to include Tandem SUPs which are great for families and couples, we have also gone for inflatable boards which are far lighter and easier to carry to the beach.

We are also planning coastal tours so you can take in the spectacular views while cruising the coastline maybe finishing off with a beach BBQ or a visit to a local pub?

The possibilities are endless so if you have any ideas then please let us know and watch this space :))

Stand up paddle board tours scarborough

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