Our Awards

With over 20 years experience as a leading adventure provider, the tales of our legendary activities have spread far and wide. Don’t believe us? Check out our awards…. 

Gold and Silver – Cornwall Tourism Awards 

The English Surf School (part of the Newquay Activity Centre group) is proud to be a recipient of Gold and Silver Cornwall Tourism Awards! The honour is a reflection of our continuous improvement of standards, new and exciting activities, passionate team and year-round dedication to providing quality coastal activities and adventures in Newquay, Cornwall.

It’s great to be recognised by Cornwall Tourism Awards again, for all the continuous efforts, investment and hard work that our team put in all year round.

English Surf School Director, Rob Barber

Centre Of Excellence – Trip Advisor’s Number One

We are a Trip Advisor Centre Of Excellence and the number one provider of water sport activities in Newquay, with over 900 5-star reviews!

Our centre is perfectly situated on Towan Beach in Newquay on the North coast of Cornwall, the UK’s cultural hub of surfing and water sport activities. With nine beaches to explore including the world-renowned waves of Fistral and historical cliff lines for coasteering, you’re guaranteed the most adrenaline-fuelled experience with our expert team of instructors. Check out our tailored activities to fit your group, family or individual abilities!

Silver – South West Tourism Awards

Our team was stoked to scoop Silver at the 2016 South West Tourism Awards and to be shortlisted finalists in 2017.

“It has been a fantastic 12 months here in Newquay and we are all thrilled to receive another great award. Tourism is a vital component in Cornwall’s identity and we are incredibly proud to be considered as one of the top providers not only in Cornwall but now in the wider South West as well. Our constant hard work and dedication in providing the best surf, bodyboard and coasteering sessions is paying off and we can’t wait for the year ahead!”

English Surf School Director, Rob Barber, 2016

Centre of Excellence – ISA and Surfing England 

It’s important to be a surf school that stands out from the rest…like us! Our Rip Curl sponsored school is one of the select few in Newquay to have been awarded Centre Of Excellence status by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and national governing body, Surfing England.

Certified NVBLQ Training Centre 

The English Surf School (part of the Newquay Activity Centre group) is proud to offer the new international standard of Beach Lifeguarding training, the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) in Newquay.

The NVBLQ is endorsed by the International Life Saving Federation and Surf Lifesaving GB (SLSGB) and will enable you to work around the globe as a fully qualified Beach Lifeguard. It is also the preferred qualification for consideration into the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Best Coasteering in Newquay – Sunday Express Newspaper 

Our coasteering adventures were voted No.1 in Cornwall by the Sunday Express Newspaper, as they revealed their top 10 reasons to go WILD in Cornwall! 

“Look out for seals and try coasteering off the Cornish coast for the ultimate natural high.”

Anne Gorringe, Sunday Express

We have over nine different coasteering routes of varying intensities that can be suited to all ages and abilities. Climb your way through old smugglers’ caves, see an abundance of marine life in their natural habitat, and negotiate natural rapids and whirlpools before attempting adrenalin-fuelled sea cliff jumps. It’s as wild as it sounds and inclusive for all ages! 

Official affiliate the iAM bands scheme 

With the expertise of our professional instructors,The English Surf School (part of the Newquay Activity Centre group) is an official affiliate of the iAM Band scheme, an independent ability measure designed for use within thesport. 

Training centre for the English Junior Surf Team

The English Surf School (part of the Newquay Activity Centre group) is an official training facility for the English Junior Surf Team as they prepare for national and international competitions.

Our team of expert instructors offer coaching for all levels, from complete beginner sessions to professional level 1-1 tuition with Head Surfing Coach and former British Champion, Johnny Fryer.

Gold – Summer Carnival Award 2015 

The Newquay summer carnival is a buzzing event full of creative floats and acts from the local businesses and organizations in the area. We were lucky enough to take first prize for the best presentation in the Newquay Business category.