Learn to surf in Portrush on the best waves in the country with Alive Adventures, the longest-running surf school in Portrush, in fact, the longest-running surf school in Northern Ireland!

We have lots of options for surfing lessons. You can join a group surf lesson by yourself or with friends where you will learn to surf with other excited people who can’t wait to get in the sea! If you would rather learn to surf with just your group then go for the private surfing lesson and if you are looking to improve as an individual select private 1-2-1.

Deluxe surfing is for those looking for that VIP surfing experience! You will meet in our purpose-built surf centre for a tea/coffee pre-surf and get to use our hot showers and changing rooms afterwards before having a cold beer/prosecco or soft drink!

Be warned, surfing is extremely addictive… you will love it!

We also work with charities like the Wave Project to provide regular surf lessons for individuals with learning difficulties.


Our Credentials

  • We were the very first surf school in Northern Ireland, the original! 
  • Taught over 20,000 people how to surf right here in Portrush! 
  • Awards include winning Trip Advisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence six years in a row as well as making the and ‘Hall of Fame’ every year too. 
  • ‘Best Family Activity Provider in N.Ireland’ at the OutdoorNI awards three years in a row.

Our Location

Alive Adventures is situated at West Strand Car Park in Portrush offering immediate access to one of the best surfing spots on the North Coast as well as free parking.

Be Coached by the Best

At Alive Adventures we operate with an exceptional team of coaches who are fully qualified surfing instructors and lifeguards with over 50 years of surfing and ocean experience between them. Arguably most importantly, our team is dedicated to giving our students the best surfing experience anywhere. We believe that by providing the right foundations, top quality instruction and excellent equipment, all our students can begin their journey of developing into capable surfers.

Above all else, we live by our motto ‘be safe and have fun’!


We believe that having the proper equipment is crucial to everyone’s surfing development. The biggest mistake beginner surfers make is learning to surf on boards designed for an advanced surfer – this only leads to frustration and disappointment. You don’t get handed a Formula 1 car on the day you pass your driving test!

Let’s be honest, the main reason we are all out in the water is to have as much fun as possible and have the best chance of surfing a wave to the shore. We carefully buy only the best equipment designed to make surfing as easy and as fun as possible. 

Our surfboards, whether you are renting surfing equipment or going for a surfing lesson are large and buoyant, this means they are as stable as possible when catching waves – don’t get too cocky though as having wipe-outs are a guarantee!

We also fit every student with an all-year-round winter wetsuit to ensure they can thoroughly enjoy their lesson whilst being warm and comfortable.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your Portrush surf lesson with Alive Adventures now.


All of the activities at Alive Adventures can be booked using a voucher. Why not purchase one for a friend or family member to mark a special occasion. Our vouchers have no expiry date, giving you peace of mind and the flexibility of booking whenever you like. Gift vouchers can be used for surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, bodyboarding, ebike rental, kids surf camp or a private 1-2-1 lesson and are easily redeemed online. If you have any questions regarding vouchers, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be sure to get back to you.


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