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Alive Surf School receives another Certificate of Exellence from Tripadvisor

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Surf lessons in Portrush

Alive surf school

Welcome to Alive Surf School in Northern Ireland, the award-winning Portrush Surf School . Why not let Hanno, Hannah and Stevie take you for a surfing lesson on the stunning Causeway Coast? A surf lesson with the friendly team from Alive is an incredible experience and amazing fun. Or join us on our fantastic cave exploration Paddleboard tours.

Surfing for beginners and advanced

all ages welcome

We believe surfing is a sport for absolutely everybody no matter age, shape, size or fitness. Our classes are suitable for kids from five years and upwards, there is no upper age limit. Our record is 77 years old and we hope to break it this year! Alive also runs regular classes for families and people with learning difficulties so please get in touch to find out more. Alive is the longest running surf school in Northern Ireland and we pride ourselves on our philosophy – ‘be safe and have fun’. Learn to surf in Portrush, Northern Ireland with our internationally experienced surf instructors.

Equipment is free

Warm showers and changing rooms

Our surfing lessons last for two hours and include all equipment as well as a free drink and snack. Free hot showers and changing rooms are also available at the beach. Check out our video below to see what you can expect when you come surfing with us… please do not be afraid to contact us with any questions as we are more than happy to help.

Safety is our number 1 priority

Fully qualified beach lifeguards

All our instructors are also fully qualified beach lifeguards and between the team, we have well over 50 years of surfing and beach safety experience. This makes us the most experienced team of surf instructors on the North Coast. We have a 100% safety record.

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Six reasons why you have picked the right Surf School in Portrush

Award Winning Portrush Surf school

  • Highest rated surf school in Ireland on Tripadvisor
  • Certificate of excellence 2012 – 2019
  • Three times winner of Best Family Activity Provider by Outdoor NI

Hot Showers

Everyone loves a wee treat and there’s nothing better than enjoying a warm shower after a great surf session.  You deserve it.

Pictures & Movies

Share those awesome moments with your friends and family.  We can capture your session for a lasting experience.

Eco-Friendly Boards

We use 100% recyclable surfboards and are certified by the Economy for the Common Good and part of the European Green Room Surf Alliance.

Expert Tuition

All of our surf instructors have internationally qualified certificates, are certified beach lifeguards. Furthermore they all follow our unique teaching methods which focus specifically on your individual needs.

Free Drinks & Snacks

Surfing makes you hungry, no doubt.  Wash the salt away and recharge after your session with our complimentary drinks and snacks.

We are alive surf school

the No.1 Surf School in Portrush


surf lessons

You can coose from a variety of options. The most popular lesson is our standard beginner group session.

Paddleboard lessons & Cave Tours

Come and learn how to paddleboard or join us on our popular cave tours.

Equipment Rental

Rent equipment for 2 hours, all day or several days. SUPs £20, surfboards £10, wetsuits £5, bodyboards £5.

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What our customers say

      Great day out learning to paddle board with Hanno. This was great fun with full tuition given in the calmer waters of the harbour before venturing to the open sea. Brilliant exercise without realising it ???

    thumb martymca33

      Stevie was a great tutor and the two hour lesson was brilliant! We were so sore the next day but it was worth it ?

    thumb Leigh O

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