TYF have taught surfing at Whitesands beach to thousands of people since 1984. We use special beginners’ boards, warm wetsuits and skilled instructors to get you confidently on your feet and surfing, armed with knowledge of beach and sea safety and the living things around us.

This is a fantastic way to gain insight into the surf world, from the roots of surfing to surfboard and wetsuit design, surf prediction and surf safety. In this Classic Surf session we’ll teach you how to paddle, how to negotiate the surf when making your way out back, how to ‘prone ride’ in control of your board and finally the art of standing up and catching your first wave.


Amazing afternoon surfing!

Matthew Johns, 22nd September 2020

Had an afternoon's family surf lesson for four with Morgan on Whitesands. Very professional, took us through the safety aspects of surfing and checked our ability before going through the training and then into the water. Advised each of us individually from age 53 to 13; changing our boards where they didn't quite match our ability. Got all but one of us standing up on the boards by the end of the session. Great fun, we all had a wonderful time, even though the weather was inclement. Morgan was an excellent teacher and brilliant at building up our confidence . 

Would definitely recommend TYF and look forward to another lesson when we next visit Pembrokeshire. Thank you for an amazing afternoon's surfing.


Neb, 16th August 2020

Ben was brilliant with all of us. Immediately reassuring that took my anxiety around water away and loads of fun. We learnt loads and went away knowing we can have a go at surfing on our own in the future.

Thank you.

Surfing Lesson

MadeMeLook, 30th August 2019

A really good afternoon on Whitesands beach learning first steps into surfing. Instructors, Ella and Nico were great with young and old alike. Fantastic way to spend the afternoon.

Surfing Supremos

Thebrowns901, 19th August 2019

This was our third activity with Tyf in as many years. The shop in St David's is welcoming, the staff are always a pleasure to deal with, always smiling, it's easy to choose and book activities, No stress, no fuss.

This year we had booked paddle boarding but with unfavorable conditions on the day, we opted for a surf lesson instead. Matt and Jamie, our instructors, were great fun and very accommodating of the wide range of skill in our party. 

We coasteered in previous years, which is an amazing experience. I was in need of medical assistance on one occasion and Tyf were well equipped, calm and professional.We are already planning next year's adventure!


Sparklykayaker, 22nd July 2019

After wanting to try surfing for years we have today. Thank you Ellie for the best day ever, I had so much fun and you have equipped us with the knowledge that we can go surfing again!

Awesome surf session

Kayaketyyak, 22nd July 2019

We did an intro to surfing session. It was a wonderfully run session, with Ellie the coach being really enthusiastic and encouraging throughout. Highly recommended!

Brilliant surfing lesson with Ricky

Jane W, 3rd November 2017

We, 3 kids aged 11 to 14 and myself, had an afternoon learning to surf at Whitsands with TYF Adventure. Had a great time, really well organised, excellent kit and Ricky was great with everyone.


Sara F, 25th September 2017

Fantastic co so helpful and Matt if you can teach 7 middle age women to surf you can teach anyone. So helpful and kind. Would recommend to anyone. Thank you Matt.

Surf taster session

Jonbencharles, 23rd August 2017

Best value lesson ever. Really helpful instructors. High quality kit provided. Excellent all round. Thanks, guys

Frequently Asked Questions

Which surfing session is right for me?


Our Discover sessions are perfect for beginners of all ages, so whether you are taking your first steps on a board, taking your first few strokes with a paddle, jumping off your first cliff or just fancy a slightly slower pace, then this option is for you. 

Children who are 12 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult. Children aged under 8 may need to be booked onto a private session, call the Booking Office on 01437 721 611 to discuss. 


These progressive sessions are for the more adventurous and are suitable for ages 13 and above. You should be comfortable in the water, enjoy a challenge and you can expect a slightly faster pace to the session.

What sort of surfboards do TYF provide?

TYF have a wide range of boards for different abilities and styles. se soft top, hard bottom surfboards which are wide, stable and perfect for beginners. 

To reserve a particular board please get in touch.

Epic Surfboards

These boards are fibreglass with a forgiving 4mm soft skin on the deck and rails that give it a true 'surfboard feel'. Great for learners looking to progress. 

Available in 5'0, 6'6, 7'0 and 9'0

Our Circle One and Alder softboards are durable, high density foam boards which are perfect for learning with lots of buoyancy. The soft finish to the board also makes it a forgiving board to develop your skills on.

Available in 6'0, 8'8 and 9'0

How long is a surfing session?

Our surfing sessions last 3.5 hours including the time to get changed and run a safety briefing. You can expect to be in the water for 2 to 2.5 hours. 

What equipment do I need?

You Bring

  • Swimwear

  • Towel

  • A warm change of clothes

TYF Provide

  • Wetsuit

  • Surfboard & leash

What if I can't swim?

Our surfing lessons take place in the shallow waters of Whitesands beach. We run these sessions at a small ratio of 8 participants to one guide. All of our guides are trained lifeguards and prior to your lesson you will be given beach safety advice that will keep you safe for many surfs to come!

Where do the lessons take place?

Our surfing lessons take place at Whitesands Beach. 

Do TYF do progressive surf sessions?

We don’t generally offer surfing sessions above beginners because the swell is too hard to predict and therefore plan. But pick up the phone anytime to speak to one of our experienced instructors and if there is swell we will happily jump in the sea with you and give you some pointers.