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Offering THE best school trip experience

Cornwall's leading provider of surfing-led school trips

But hey, don’t listen to us; check out what our previous customers have to say…

‘Best Activity Day of the week.

We took a group of 30 students aged between 11 and 14 for Beach Activities and surfing instruction as part of the schools Activities week. Despite being Cornish – for many of the students it was their first time in the sea. We were met on the beach by 4 instructors and Annie-May – owner of the company. The students were quickly organised into 3 groups for the morning Beach activities which consisted of a) Beach Yoga,b) Beach Art, c) 5 aside football which they all enjoyed enormously.

After lunch the students then changed into wetsuits provided and had surf tuition on the beach before entering the sea. It was wonderful to see and hear students who would not normally have had this opportunity laughing, smiling and truly having fun. Some said it was the best day of their lives! With 4 instructors the activity was led well and all the students were safe. We will certainly be looking to book more activities next summer. Thank you!’

Head of Maths, Roseland Community School

‘From start to finish First Wave Adventures have been a pleasure to work with. Our residential trip was smoothly organised and stress-free with regards to paperwork. The needs of our children were taken into consideration and an action packed two days was planned accordingly. The children loved spending so much time on the beach – the variety of activities on offer kept them busy and engaged; on top of this they learnt some extremely important lessons about beach safety. The body-boarding and surfing were the favourites – the instructors were energetic and enthused and encouraged the most reluctant of our children. The accommodation was spotless and the delicious food hit the spot after a long day. We will definitely be returning to Hotel Sunnyside with thanks to Annie and her team.’

Laura Vallance, Deputy Headteacher, St Day and Carharrack Community School

‘The activities put on for us as a group were great, a real mix of learning and fun which gave it all a nice balance. All of the staff were amazing. They were great with the young people and leaders and were always friendly and happy. The young people loved them all and we really appreciated all their hard work and commitment to our group and giving them a great experience. They were always very safety aware and kept us all very safe.’

Steph, Woodley Airfield Centre, Reading

‘The staff were all lovely, friendly and accommodating – without exception!! Service was beyond what I have experienced in ‘starred’ hotels!! THANK -YOU!!’

Jayne, Barr Beacon School, Walsall

‘First Wave Adventures has a fantastic team of staff; they are warm, caring and professional. The facilities were great, I highly recommend them, particularly for school groups- they are well catered, providing a clean, safe and comfortable environment.’

Lipi, Parmiter's School, Hertfordshire

‘Amazing, thrilling, exciting, fun
Took a group of 42 Essex children down for 4 days, the whole trip was amazing there are no words to describe how much it was enjoyed by the staff and students.
Accommodation was ideal, comfy and clean.
Food – very accommodating of dietary needs, good variety to suit all.
Activities – perfect, surfing, coasteering, bowling, cinema!
Our students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have come back buzzing about the whole experiences and made fantastic memories for all.
Recommend First wave for the excellent people skills, organisation and friendliness. Great for schools!
Thank you soo much!’

Passmores Academy, Essex

‘I organised a school rugby tour to Newquay. It was exactly what we needed, budget accomodation, a decent games room, good food (all meals) and excellent staff. The boys commented on how comfortable the beds were, and said they cannot wait to go again.’

Frazer, St George Catholic College, Southampton

‘Amazing hosts to City kids surfing first surfing trip!

First wave adventures is a brilliantly organised surf and beach life experience in Newquay – the heart of British Surfing. Annie and the team made us feel welcome from the start and made sure that all our needs were met. The hotel is perfect for school groups and the kitchen staff friendly and helpful. The surf school were outstanding mixing professionalism and fun attitudes perfectly. Great lessons, perfect program and a safe and chilled environment to catch your first wave!!

100% recommend this to take your group along to, do not hesitate.’

Lets Get City Kids Surfing, 2017, Cornwal

‘First Wave Adventures meets NCS requirements very well. Overall it compares extremely favourably to other provisions across the South West region.’

Danny Zecchini, Petroc College