Widemouth surf school to restart lessons for ‘locals’

Robin Ross, owner of Freewave Surf Academy at Widemouth is tentatively re-opening his business, the first in the area to do so.

He explains he will be putting strong measures in place to keep people safe.


His website explains what is changing:

We normally operate small group sizes with a maximum of 6 people, however, we will be operating one-to-one surfing and stand up paddleboarding lessons only – None of our other activities will be available at this time.

  • Social distancing will apply throughout the lesson and any normal lesson format will be changed to accommodate this.
  • We normally take ages from 8 – 88 years old surfing with only a few limits on health conditions. With younger children needing more support in the water we are temporarily changing our minimum age from 8 to 10 years of age. Our upper age limit will be changing significantly from 88 to a maximum of 45 years of age. This upper age limit change is due to the higher risk of susceptibility to hospitalisation due to a COVID-19 related illness. We will review this and if we can raise it in the coming weeks we will. We are as bummed as you are about this one.
  • As well as any participants needing to disclose any underlying health conditions or injuries, we must also ask you to disclose if you have recently shown signs of high temperature or any fever-related symptoms within the last 7 days.
  • Although the guidelines say that “you may travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance” we feel that it is important to respect the community in which we operate. We would, therefore, like to welcome people that only live within a 30-mile radius from our location at Widemouth Bay. Proof of your address will need to be made at the start of your lesson using a form of ID such as passport, driving licence or utility bill. If you are unable to prove the location of your main do this then your lesson will be cancelled and no refund will be offered.

More details are on the website.

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