The T-Bay Approach to learning to Surf
The T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre offers the most comprehensive surfing lesson available in Ireland. No other surf school can offer the facilities or the passion for teaching surfing here in Tramore or anywhere else for that matter. Our facilities are the best in Ireland and provide you with a safe, convenient (the only surf school right on the beach in Tramore), and comfortable environment from which to begin your surfing oddysey!
Our aim is to provide you or your group with an initial surf lesson that gives such a solid foundation that it should be all you need to continue on and become a proficient Surfer through good old fashioned practice.
Begninners Surfing Lesson: 2 1/2 hours in duration and is broken up into 2 distinct segments:
Surf Talk (1/2 hour) – Before anything else, we provide our surfers with an in-depth understanding of basic water safety, ocean awareness, equipment usage, and surfing techniques (entering/exiting the water, paddling, standing or “popping” up on a surfboard). We utilize our media room for this portion of your lesson with white-board, video, and surf equipment to assist in your understanding of the basic principles of Surfing. Techniques are practiced indoors on mock equimpment to ensure that you have a “feel” for the techniques taught to you.
Surf Session (2 hours)
Next step is to “Suit and Boot”, and its out to the Surf to begin your adventure! All of our Surf Instructors are fully qualified by the ISA (Irish Surfing Association), and will guide you and teach you great Surfing tips while in the water. When your session is over, if you still feel like surfing, or want to come in for a break and go back out again, as long as the Instructor deems you to be safe in the water, we will allow you to retain the equipment and keep on Surfing until you are completely out of gas! (Children who wish to stay out and surf more must be cleared for safety by the instructor and accompanied by an adult while in the water).
Frequently asked Questions regarding Surf Lessons:
Do I need to know how to swim?
Though the ability to swim will be necessary to advance in surfing, it is not required for a surf lesson. All surf lessons take place in no more than waist depth water (beginner waves being in this range of depth).
How difficult is it to Surf Tramore Beach?
Tramore beach is an outstanding place to surf for people of all levels and abilities. This is due to the fact that the beach itself has a very shallow gradient going out to sea. What this means is that there are no steep drop-offs (depth-wise), and therefore, the currents are very mild and predictable, thus making it very safe for beginners. The second advantage of a shallow beach is that it picks up loads of waves and creates several surf “zones” to suit different levels of surfers. Waves on the “inside” zone are small and manageable for pure beginners. Waves breaking in the “middle” zone suit intermediate surfers trying to challenge themselves further. Waves breaking on the “outside” zone are suitable for more advanced surfers. So, whichever you prefer…..there is always a safe wave for you to ride at T-Bay!
What do I need to bring?
All you need bring is togs and towel. The Centre provides you with all of the equipment you will need to enjoy your surfing experience.
Will I need more than one surf lesson?
The T-Bay Surf Centre prides itself on giving the most comprehensive surf lesson of any other school in the country. Our aim is to give you the tools you need to be able to go out and take up surfing on your own after your lesson here.
How much does a lesson cost?
Pricing varies depending on lesson type, group size, or specific needs. We look after our surfers and have priced our lessons (and facilities) to give them the best possible experience for their value. Where surf schools are concerned….never were truer words spoken than…”you get what you pay for”! If you are looking for quality instruction…to really learn how to surf…..and have great craic doing it…..this is the only place to be.
Where is the Centre Located ? We are directly accross from the beach adjacent to the Lifegaurd hut that is situated at the end of the promenade. Just look for the sky blue circular building….you can’t miss us!!!
What if I need advanced instruction ?
We do have occasional requests for this from people who have already been surfing up to intermediate levels and are simply having difficulty getting to the next level they desire to. Or perhaps they have gotten new equipment and are not getting comfortable with the feel of a new (or different) surfboard, or a variance of surf conditions. For those people, we do offer a PROGRESSIVE LESSON. This lesson will review your own technique and critique and progress you from what you are “doing right now”. These lessons are more in-depth regarding surf theory, and usage of specific board types, etc. Our senior instructors have decades of surfing experience and most have surfed world-wide….they have learned from the best….and..made all the mistakes themselves! This helps them to relate concepts & ideas, and of course…share the stoke of striving to be the best surfer you can be out there in the water!
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Ecology at T-Bay & Eco Centre
The T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre dedicates itself not only to surf instruction and surf etiquette, but also to ecological awareness and responsibility. The Centre is situated right in the middle of 4 distinct ecological zones,as well as nationally designated areas of protection which make it a perfect starting point for Eco Hikes in the area.
Designated Areas – The Backstrand & Dune Area of Tramore Bay enjoys three distinct area designations :
- “Special Aarea of Protection” for a variety of migratory and indiginous bird species that inhabit the area.
- “Special Area of Conservation” to protect fish, shellfish, fauna and water quality that tie in as food systems and habitat for bird and aquatic life.
- “National Heritage Area” established for preservation of the Neolithic Midden (Kitchen), once home to Neolithic Man within the Dune system.
Depending on preference and tide, your group might go out to learn about and experience one of the four following Environs unique to Tramore Bay :
Dune System :
Each environment exhibits its own unique characteristics as well as flora, fauna, geology and wildlife and leaves the Eco Hiker with a greater understanding and appreciation of the complex and fragile environments that are often taken for granted. Eco Hikes can be done in a casual “walk & talk” method, or a more formal “interactive” method depending on your group needs and/or criteria.
Weather on the coast is highly variable. It is suggested that your “dress for the day” on all Eco Hikes. Comfortable Shoes (that you don’t mind getting wet) and proper clothing for the day is suggested. “Weatherproof/Windbreaker” jackets are optimal, and sunscreen is recommended.
Eco Hikes are geared towards groups of 10 or more.
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