Sunday, 30 December 2018

Lifeguard & Surf instructor training courses

Due to development funding we are offering a ONE off combined course! ISA surf instructor Level 1 & ILS/ SLSGB surf coach rescue or full beach lifeguard for only £375 on the 6-12th of April. With accommodation £525 Places are limited. You could even end up working with us or our partners.

Friday, 28 December 2018


For the surfers that wants to travel & a bit of a beach bum at heart with a thrill seeking love of the surf, nothing beats turning your favourite past time into a full blown career. They always say, find something you love, and then start doing it for a living. And nothing could be truer.

For the ultimate surf instructor course starts here, the ISA (International Surf Association) surf instructor and SUP instructor training courses are the most widely recognised and internationally approved courses, meaning you can teach at surf schools both here in the UK and abroad too.

Here in Pembrokeshire, you can be assured of an entirely comprehensive, successful and safe surf course, allowing you to either add to your existing qualifications or kick start a new career here in Wales - We love to have fun and enjoy the surf but take our training seriously at the same time.

On either course, you won’t just improve on your technical skills and ability to show others the ropes, but will acquire a great variety of soft skills too essential for effectively and safely leading, engaging and supporting a group of budding surfers.


 You can undertake either your ISA level 1 or level 2 surf instructor course or Flat water SUP instructor courses from our awesome coast side base st Freshwater West, Wales Set on a stunning stretch of coastline, there’s probably no better spot to undertake your training and take the first or even the next steps towards becoming a qualified surf instructor.

You can also transfer an existing ASI/BSA surf coach award to an International Surf Coach award too, or do a combined course of your SLSGB beach lifeguard award and surf coach level 1 or 2, since the lifeguard qualification is a prerequisite of undertaking these courses.

Beach lifeguard courses in Pembrokeshire


The SLSGB Surf Lifeguard Award is internationally recognised and is one the most comprehensive lifeguard courses in the world. It is the preferred qualification for individuals wishing to take up employment within the RNLI Beach Lifeguard Service.

This course is not for the faint hearted.  The training involves running, swimming, rescuing and dragging casualties through the surf zone and up the beach using rescue boards and rescue tubes. Course modules include amongst others, lifeguard and first aid theory, CPR and spinal management.

Candidates must be over 16 years of age, physically fit and able to swim 400 metres in under 7:30 minutes (first 200 meters under 3:30) along with a 200 meter beach run in under 40 seconds.

This course is ideal for individuals that want to keep their options open as the qualification allows you to work as a surf instructor, but also as a beach lifeguard. If you only wish to work as a surf instructor, then you can take the shorter ‘Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award’ that also has no timed swim.

For 2019 Courses: 

Lifeguard courses in Wales


Becoming a qualified surf instructor or a beach lifeguard is not only an incredibly useful qualification to have the dream job and earn good money at the same time.

We highly recommend the ISA Surf Instructor Course and SLSGB Surf Lifeguard Award (also RNLI’s preferred award). Together these two courses and qualifications are the most widely accepted surf qualifications enabling you to work as a surf instructor both here in the UK as well as throughout the world.

Courses places are limited and come with a guaranteed interview to work with Outer Reef Surf School or its partners.

Student Discounts – Student & Surf Clubs can receive a 5% discount accross all our training courses. Proof of membership will be required upon booking. If you’re interested in our Uni Surf Club getting a sponsorship packages, then please get in touch with the team: | 01646 680070

Before you book your course – Please note that the Terms & Conditions for surf training courses are different to surf lessons, hire and surf & stays. Once you’re ready to book your course, you can do so via the website by selecting your preferred dates. You will need to pay in full to secure your place, so ensure you’re 100% certain before doing so as payments are NON REFUNDABLE. 
If you’re unable to attend your booked course then we try our best to transfer your booking to an alternative date in the same season. If your unsure about anything, give us a call before booking.
Outer Reef Surf School

Things to do in & see in Pembrokeshire


If you are planning your family adventure holiday for 2019, we have come up with a list of things to see & do within 10 miles of our centre in between your surfing & paddle boarding adventures.

Barafundal Bay

Golden sands and crystal clear waters, it is no wonder this beach has been voted the best beach in Britain over and over again! It really is a must see & we run our paddle boarding session right here!

Manorbier Castle 

Right on our doorstep of our surf courses is this absolute gem! A Norman castle which is an amazing visit and right on the coast! You can enjoy a range of refreshments from the beach break cafe.

Manorbier Beach

A lovely beach with soft sand and rock pools - great for the kids and it’s one of our venues we use for surfing lessons & our children’s surf club there are fantastic walks here!

Stack Rocks

Natural Rock arch and rock pillars on the south Pembrokeshire coast are great for our guided paddle tours!

Freshwater West

Sand and rocky beach is wide and very open! It’s awesome if you are looking to surf & it’s our venue in the summer & as it picks up all the waves. Cafe Mor is also based here which makes a famous crab sandwich - yum & our Surf Centre is based in Gupton Farm at the top of the hill.

Lily pounds

Three flooded limestone valleys best known for their covering carpet of lilies, which are at their best in June. Enjoy the walk around the lakes along the footpath to end up at the spectacular beach that is Broadhaven South.

Pembroke Castle

This castle is over 2000 years old and is another must see. Only a couple of miles from up, we use the moat for some of our paddle boarding sessions & there are always activities going on inside the castle, or you can take a stroll around the mill pond. We also have a surf shop in Pembroke where you can get you beach necessities & also hire surfboards & wetsuits & other equipment


This walled seaside town is home to four amazing award winning beaches. A fishing village, it comes alive in the summer months and is bustling with people.

Haven’t booked your summer break yet? Why not visit us in South Wales in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. We are in the ideal location for you to explore the gems here in West Wales. Book now before your ideal dates are booked up!

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Paddle boarding in Wales

Limestone cliffs, sandy bays and crystalline waters – Pembrokeshire’s National Park coastline is a spectacular place to SUP. The sheltered southeast stretch between Stackpole Quay and Barafundle Bay is particularly scenic – here you can join Outer Reef Surf School on a guided paddle past cliffs and caves, with dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks for company. Outer Reef also do a camping SUP tour in Haven Estuary, while surfers could nip around the corner for the Atlantic swell. For more info click below 

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Christmas Gift vouchers

Looking for that unique or special gift? Surf gift vouchers make the perfect present for many occasions. From This Christmas to Birthdays - the gift of a surfing & paddle boarding experience at Outer Reef Surf & Paddle Boarding Centre is sure to make someone's day! 

Our Vouchers are available in any denomination and can be used for a range of activities including surf lessons, surf hire, life guarding courses, instructors awards and stand up paddle boarding. Call us this Saturday on 01646 680070 & you will get our buy one & get one at half price Christmas mega deal! Only available this Saturday! 😁

Beach life guarding courses in wales

We have been running instructor training courses for the passed 18 years & will be running SLSGB Beach Lifeguarding & SLSGB Surf Coach Rescue course for ONLY £100! in Pembrokeshire on the 9th-13th of April 2019 at our Surf Centre at Freshwater West ( The National Trust Gupton Farm) If your an outdoor instructor or if you want to work for the RNLI, The SLSGB BEACH LIFEGUARD (NVBLQ) 


This qualification covers all elements of beach lifeguard theory and practice, enabling you to apply with the RNLI. So inbox us ASAP to guarantee your spot on the course. 😁

We will run the SLSGB training at the National Trust Centre at Gupton Farm, we have a couple of mini buses so we can transport everyone to & from the beach & the swim pool. We can guarantee top training the minimum of two qualified experience training examiners and certificate within four working days of the end of the course. We will run a couple of these one in  April, May and June. we have 7 trainers on the team. We can 100% say you & out team of top trainers will love ever Single minute of it. 
For full details follow the link below;
TO EMAIL FOLLOW LINK. We look forward to hearing from you. 😁


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Ladies only weekend retreats


Come & join in on one of our amazing Ladies only retreats bast at Freshwater West at our new Surf Centre! Gupton Farm House is the National Trust’s new visitor base at The simple, rustic setting has great facilities including a heated toilet and shower block, a wet weather barn, communal areas and loads of outdoor space. You will be staying in shared accommodation in the Gupton Farm House, which is the base from which you can explore Freshwater West and the wider landscape. Nestled in a cwtch-like hollow, our farm feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s a place to escape, reconnect with nature and breathe in the salty sea air; wake up to striking sunrises, unwind with equally spectacular sunsets and enjoy stargazing after dark. You can follow our network of footpaths, go wildlife watching at the nearby bird hide or head straight to the beach for sandy surfing adventures. The Stackpole Estate is only a short drive away where we will transport you to experience paddle boarding with us & discover more of the National Trust’s special places in Pembrokeshire. 
To Book please follow the link 

& for more information follow this link 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Surf Coaching awards

Live and Surf in Bali and become a ISA licensed surf teacher in Bali - 

We, Solid Surf Academy work with the Indonesian Surf Federation and the ISA together and offer a ISA level 1 and level 2 course to get you in shape in nicely set up 4 - 8 or 12 weeks program in Bali.

Included in our package:

- Stay in a lush villa with two swimming pools

- Breakfast

- Free Flow Water

- Scooter Rental incl board rack

- Surf Board Rental 

- Lycra

- Free Dive Training

- Apnea Surf Survival Certificate

- Lembongan Snorkle Excursion

- Menjangan Snornkle Excursion

- Ubud & Bali Central Excursion

- Yoga

- Massages

- Bootcamp Training

- Bahasa Course

- Gland Surf 3 day Surf Excursion

- Lombok Surf 4 day Surf Excursion

- 10 day ISA course with an official trainer and examinator incl Life Saving Certificate

and more .... check our website...

For who?

- Anyone that is looking for a nice experience abroad in Asia

- Likes to surf surf and surf...

- Gap year breaks

- Career change people 

and anyone else that loves to surf and to live life to the fullest!

Our 2018 and 2019 dates are open for bookings!!!

4 week course Level 1 and Level 2

- 1 August

- 1 November

- 1 May

8 week course Level 1 and Level 2

- 1 July

- 1 October

- 1 January

- 1 April

12 week course Level 1 and Level 2

- 1 June

- 1 September

- 1 December

- 1 March

Dates are all year round - same dates apply for 2019 & 2020

For prices:

Tuesday, 25 September 2018



Adventure filled weekend getaways perfect for solo travellers, couples & friends.

Join us for our unique Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Coasteering and Wild Camping outdoor activity weekend package in Pembrokeshire . Enjoy Wild Camping in secluded National Trust Farm land and combine it with our most popular water sports activities for a true Pembrokeshire Adventure.

From learning to surf on Freshwater West beach or taking on deepwater cliff jumps in our coasteering sessions, to paddling around from Stack Pole to Barafundel and getting involved with cooking over an open fire, our wilderness & adventure weekends are packed with excitement and adventure.

Sleep under the stars in our luxury bell tents or kick back in a hammock for a true outdoor experience. Our unique adventure activity experiences are perfect for couples, friends and groups who are seeking a slice of outdoor adventure in Pembrokeshire.


Limited availability – Book online


Two professional surf lessons

One thrilling Coasteering session


A camping experience like none other


A quick run down of how the weekend unfolds.

Your weekend consists of two surf lessons, a Paddle Boarding session & a coasteering session and an overnight camp at The National Trust wild campsite.


We kick the weekends off early with a warm welcome and an introduction & overview of how the weekend will run in our new Surf Centre based at Freshwater West.

Saturday is the big day with two water activities & wild camping. Each of the activities is two hours long and includes all the kit, you’ll need a few personal items for the weekend, so make sure you see our packing list before you arrive.

Once everyone is happy and ready, its time to grab a wetsuit and surfboard for the first of the weekend’s surf lessons. Whether you are experienced or it’s your first time, our surf coaches are on hand to offer advice and guide you throughout your surfing lesson.

Lunch – You’ll have plenty of time to grab some lunch at Cafe Mor and take a stroll around the beach we can visit our surf shop between the activities. Pembrokeshire has a great vibe throughout the year with plenty to look at, just ask us for some recommendations on where to go and what to see.

After lunch its time for the afternoon’s activity, coasteering. Once your group is kitted out you’ll take a short walk over to our coasteering location, commonly known as the ‘Stackpole Quey’.

Don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the sea or have never tried coasteering before, your group will have two knowledgeable guides who will explain and demonstrate all the skills you need to have a fantastic time.

Coasteering: What to Expect


Once the day’s water activities are finished you’ll have time to grab your belongings for the evening and visit the supermarket across the road from our base before we leave in convoy to our wild campsite.

We recommend some bbq food and one or two of your favourite drinks, we’ll provide the rest. For those without transport, we’ll help you arrange a lift share with other members of the group.

The camp site is a lovingly crafted space in the national park set on a old dairy farm in the heart of Pembrokeshire. After a quick introduction to the camp, you’ll want to settle into your shared Bell tent or Farm house accommodation.

Finish the night off with stories around the campfire, roasting marshmallows or one or two of your favorite drinks before sleeping soundly under the stars.


Sunday morning starts with bacon & egg rolls with tea and coffee (on us) before we wave goodbye to the wild camp and head back to the beach, jump into a wetsuit and hit the Welsh waves one last time.

By 1pm we are typically all surfed out and ready to say fond farewells and home time. 


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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Billabong Ladies Surf and Paddle Boarding Retreats

Hey Ladies, you will all be delighted to hear we still have a couple of spaces free.

You will be learning to surf and Paddle board with our top ISA qualified instructors in our girls only Surf and Stand up paddle boarding weekends-your tuition includes the rental of the surfboard, paddle board, your wetsuit, 2 nights accommodation at Gupton Farm

The week will consist of 4x water sessions and a free Board riders hoodie. We will cover the basics of learning to surf & Sup including how to position yourself on the board, catch waves and pop up, and importantly how to understand your surroundings so you stay safe in the water.
Saturday morning we meet at 9.45am aiming to be in the water by around 10am. We run two in-water tuition sessions a day with a break for lunch in between. Bring your own packed lunch or check out Cafe Mor at the beach to re-fuel. After lunch.., we will head off to Stackpole Quay for a paddle boarding session.

On Saturday evening we usually all head to one of the amazing village pub for some well deserved post-surf food!

Sunday morning we are back in the water for more coaching, then during/after lunch you will have the opportunity for some Q and A with your coaches and advice on what to keep working on. We will also head to the local surf shop for a chat about some surf equipment, so if you have some questions about surfboards, wetsuits or any aspect of the sport, this is your chance to get all the answers and there is no such thing as a silly question here! Then we will all go for a super easy paddle boarding session.
We expect to be finished by 4:30
With our group size limited so you won’t get lost in the crowd, but be sure to reserve your spot early, don’t miss out! You can book on the link below.

If you have surfed before or are coming with a friend who has, that not a problem as we have a team of instructors on hand and they will be working with the intermediate side by side with your session. So don't delay and book today!
For more information Please don’t hesitate to call us 01646 680070 . Looking forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,

Dean Gough 
ISA / SLSGB Official Presenter
Ambassadors for The National Trust, Billabong, Nixon, DryRobe & Restube 
 01646 680070 /

Friday, 25 May 2018

Pembrokeshire surfing & paddle boarding

Well done to all our amazing team! We are so happy to announce this news!



PEMBROKESHIRE – WALES 25/05/2018 – OUTER REEF SURF & PADDLE BOARDING CENTRE today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Paddle boarding in Pembrokeshire

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Pembrokeshire (SUP) is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and SUP in a Bag aims to make it accessible to the whole family. SUP is easy to learn and in just a couple of hours you and your family will be enjoying exploring The Pembrokeshire coast, splashing around, spotting the local wildlife, admiring the backdrop and sharing a memorable experience.

There are two options:-
For children over 10 take part in a Parent and Child fun taster session. You will learn the basics of SUP while playing, laughing and getting wet.
For younger families we have designed the SUP Combo, a flexible package of mix and match where we design a 2 hour session for your family. Choices include a short journey with lots of stops, crabbing, picnics and games or pick a base and just hang out near the shore messing about on the water.

Our instructors are ISA qualified and hold a beach lifeguarding award & 1st Aid Certificates and have many years of experience working with children. For more information contact us on 01646680070 or follow the link below.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Surfing and Paddle Boarding in Pembrokeshire

It’s never too late or too soon to learn to surf or try paddle boarding! Our accredited surf coaches will get you on your feet and surfing in no time! Whether it’s something you want to check off your bucket list or the start of a legendary surfing career, we can give you all the tuition you need. 

No experience is required, you just need to be able to swim 25 metres unassisted. We provide you with all the gear, information about ocean safety and the best techniques, and best of all, it’s fun! 

Our Surf & Paddle Boarding School is the ideal way to start learning to surf & paddle boarding with epic locations, the best surf instructors and surf & paddle boarding equipment to get you up and standing on your board in no time. 

Learn to surf at Freshwater West, Manorbier, BroadHaven 

LEARN TO SURF & PADDLE BOARD IN PEMBROKESHIRE Outer Reef run the ultimate surf school in Pembrokeshire. Join our surf lesson, we'll take you to the best beaches with perfect learning waves and will have you riding in no time.

Before your surf lesson you will be met by your friendly Outer Reef Guide and meet the rest of your surf group where you will be whisked away to the best beach (the exact beach depends on the conditions on the day) where the waves are ideal for learning to surf. 

Daily Morning (10am-12pm) and Afternoon Lessons (2-4pm) Lesson times are subject to availability, season and weather conditions. 

To make a booking click on the link


A bottle of water 

Swimsuit and/or boardshorts Beach towel 

Sunscreen (If we're lucky) 


Adventure weekends in Pembrokeshire

Activity Weekend Breaks In Pembrokeshire Wales

Grab your coat, a towel, a swimming costume & your sense of adventure, your passion for the outdoors & adventure, and let us plan an amazing affordable activity weekend! Better yet, get in touch with us and we’ll do all the organising for you.

Whatever the weather, Pembrokeshire is a beautiful country with an awesome, rugged landscape that’s perfect for a wide range of outdoor activities. As one of the UK’s leading providers of adventure holidays in Pembrokeshire, you know you’ll be in good hands. You will remembered for organising the best ever activity weekend by all your friends, From our experience we know how difficult it can be arranging weekend breaks organising accommodation, transport, meals and things to do. 

This is where ours years of experience, with hundreds of satisfied groups, we can help you arrange a hassle free Surf & Paddle boarding, Walking activity weekend in Wales. 

The cost of the weekend is £185 per person which includes the following;

  1. 2 surfing lessons
  2. 2 Stand up paddle boarding adventure on the beautiful Stackpole Estate
  3. 2 night’s accommodation staying at The National Trust New accommodation at Gupton Farm Near Fresh Water West (Fri & Sat) 
  4. Transfers to & from the surf lodge to the beaches 
  5. All the equipment needed for the weekend will be provided by us.

Our adventure weekends are designed to introduce individuals, families and groups to surfing & Sup (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) and develop those who are more advanced, however it is also based around meeting people & having a lot of fun and also having an informal weekend, so I hope you can join us.

We are running the surf sessions from either Manorbier or Freshwater West beach, depending on the size of the surf & the Paddle boarding adventure from Stack Pole Quay. 

If you have any questions at all please feel free to send us an email on:

Call us 

 01646 680070

Make a booking

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(Backup) Adventure weekend in Pembrokeshire


Are you looking for a weekend with a difference? The Pembrokeshire adventure weekends are perfect for those who fancy getting away from cities and getting active outdoors.

These weekend are great for all abilities. Why would you want to go anywhere else in the UK for your weekend trip?

Let us do the hard work and help create the perfect trip for you and your crew. 


Oct 21st-22nd 2017

May 25th-26th 2018

Jun 9th-10th 2018

Jul 14th-15th 2018

Aug 18th-19th 2018

The weekends are designed for all abilities

including those who have never surfed or paddle boarded before. 

The two days are split into 4 sessions The mornings will start at the beach at 10am and finish at around 12.15pm,

then we break for lunch (you will need a packed lunch) and start again at 2pm-4pm.

The cost of the weekend is only £195 per person which includes the following;

3 surfing sessions
1 Stand up paddle boarding adventure,
2 night’s accommodation (Fri & Sat) at the beautiful Stackpole Centre, Stackpole Estate, Bosherston,
All the equipment needed for the weekend will be provided by us.

The weekend is designed to make the most of an awesome experience in Pembrokeshire surfing & Sup 

(Stand Up Paddle Boarding) however it is also based around having a lot of fun and also having an informal weekend,

so I hope you can join us.

- trip accommodation ( 2 nights stay)

- Private mini bus return transport from your accommodation to the activity

- Outer Reef Surf Crew on hand to make sure everything is awesome

- Free photos of your adventure

So, if you are after an affordable adventure weekend then why not make the most out of this awesome experience

in Pembrokeshire. You're in safe hands with Outer Reef and our feedback is always positive. 

Feel free to contact us with any requests or queries to

Friday, 16 March 2018

Pembrokeshire Surf & Paddleboarding Club

Monday / Wednesday Green Hill Surf & Paddle Board Club


Dear Parent / Guardian, if your child took part in last years Sport Pembrokeshire surf & Paddle board club, then Outer Reef & Pembrokeshire Sport development would like to invite your child again to join the next 6 week surfing programme starting at the end of April to progress further in our Surf Scheme’.

The six sessions will includes 6 sessions, Transport, wet suit and board provided, a surf club t-shirt and certificate. To book your place and pay online simply click on the following link

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

New Surf Centre in Wales



Surf’s up at National Trust Gupton Farm as the conservation charity announces an exciting activity base partnership with Pembroke’s Outer Reef Surf Centre. 

The activity base, which is located within walking distance of Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, will offer watersports activities such as surfing, stand up paddle boarding, ISA Instrutor courses & SLSGB lifeguarding training.

Work is now underway at Gupton Farm, which also includes a campsite and farmhouse accommodation, to transform the former milking parlour into the activity area, with the base due to open this summer.

The new addition to the farmstead will focus on engaging visitors and the local community with the great outdoors and the area’s stunning stretch of coastline.

Speaking about the partnership, National Trust Gupton Farm campsite manager Bethan Jones, said: “We’re really excited to be working with Outer Reef Surf Centre at National Trust Gupton Farm and championing outdoor visitor experiences at this special place.

“Visitors can stay in an amazing location, have a go at watersports at one of Wales’ best beaches, as well as being able to follow our walking trails and enjoy wildlife watching at the on-site bird hide.”

Outer Reef Surf Centre’s Dean Gough, added: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with the National Trust at Gupton Farm and love having Freshwater West as our office.

“The activity base will provide a great space for us to run watersports sessions, engage with visitors to the area and support our local community.”

The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government, and Cotswold Outdoor.

Find out more about Freshwater West and Gupton Farm at