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Alive Surf School

Ballywillan Road, Portrush BT56 8GJ, Northern Ireland
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Great for birthday weekend

I had had lessons with Alive Surf School a few times before this trip so recommended it based on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hannah M
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Newtownabbey
Great idea for our office trip away!

As part of our company night away, we had a morning surf lesson and everyone loved it and there is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Natalie G
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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'Winner - Best Family Activity Provider in Northern Ireland 2011, 2012 adn 2013 ! 'Alive Surf School is the longest running surf school in Northern Ireland and has taught over 11,000 people of all ages, shapes and sizes how to surf! Our simple philosophy is to 'be safe and have fun', we excel at both of these goals and our lessons start from only £20 per person.All lessons last for 2 hours and include all equipment, a drink and snack for afterwards there are even free hot showers at the beach. Our instructors are all fully qualified beach lifeguards, surfing instructors and some have even surfed for Ireland......Book you place now for a really awesome day out!
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“great fun” (39 reviews)
“surf school” (47 reviews)
“these guys” (19 reviews)
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Ballywillan Road, Portrush BT56 8GJ, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had had lessons with Alive Surf School a few times before this trip so recommended it based on the experiences, even a few years later it's still as great as ever. All kit is provided and despite our group being late the instructor still...More

Thank Hannah M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of our company night away, we had a morning surf lesson and everyone loved it and there is still a great buzz in the office this morning! The guys were very friendly and looked after us really well both in the warm up...More

Thank Natalie G
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

My first ever lesson, on my 37th birthday. Little be nervous but more excited. The sun was shining and the waves looked immense. Hanno met me at the West Strand and immediately i was at ease - nice guy and very aproachable. Full kit was...More

Thank Greg L
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thank you for taking your time and for a great feedback Greg. Very glad to hear you had a great time. Looking forward to taking you back out again. See you soon, Hanno

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Me and my future hubby came to Portrush for our 4th anniversary. We have decided to try paddle boarding as never had a chance to do it before and it was so brilliant! Our instructor Hanno was very friendly and professional, we had a two...More

Thank annaandfassal
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Myself and my friend went for a 2hr surf lesson on Saturday morning and had the best time learning to surf! Hanno was a great instructor, and very encouraging all the way through the lesson giving us tips and guidance throughout! It is a great...More

Thank sdevon7
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

We went for a group surf lesson with Alive on the West Strand in Portrush and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The instructor was excellent and really made it a fun, memorable experience. Everything was explained really well and he gave us each...More

Thank JanineLevine
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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

I have used Alive to both rent equipment and to take a lesson and i cannot fault the service at all. Great instructors, quality equipment (their boards are made here in Northern Ireland) and a great day out. Hanno was able to give me great...More

Thank j0shanders0n89
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Thanks Josh, what an amazing last session that was. Great to see you progressing and taking it all in. Cheers, Hanno

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Fantastic experience taking my family paddle boarding in Portrush Harbour. We all thoroughly enjoyed our first time doing it. Highly recommend using this company.

Thank Causeway Coast R
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Thank you for a fantastic family day learning to surf! Excellent communication and great tuition for everyone particularly the younger children! Really good laid back fun and everyone had a fabulous day (despite everyone thinking we were crazy surfing in December! brr!)

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Hanno is a great instructor, calm with us and brilliant with the kids. As an adult total beginner (and also highly dubious of the whole thing) I am now converted! Thanks again and maybe we’ll see you again...

Thank Cking2001
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Kivamc87
3 October 2016|
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Response from HannoWindisch | Property representative |
Hi Caoimhe, thanks for getting in touch. Yes, we operate year round. In fact, the most consistent season for waves is the winter time. Apart from toasty wetsuits, we will then also provide boots and gloves to keep you nice... More
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cjcopes
3 July 2016|
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Response from HannoWindisch | Property representative |
Hi, we start taking kids from the age of 5, so 7 and 12 are perfect age. The kids camps are really great for the kids as they have others of similar age around them, boosting their confidence and contributing to overall fun... More
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olenairl
25 February 2015|
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Response from Alive S |
Hi, thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the delayed reply, we must have missed your enquiry unfortunately. We are about 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Belfast City airport and 40 minutes from the Belfast... More
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