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French Surf and Study (15 – 17 Year Olds)

French Surf and Study

For students 15 – 17 years old, these courses are an excellent way of giving young people the opportunity to spend time in France learning and enjoying the activities provided by the language school.

The school provide great supervision whilst giving young people the chance to learn the language, enjoy the local beaches and experience the French culture. This course includes Surfing lessons with fully qualified instructors during the afternoons. From beginners to expert surfers, the only requirement is that you can swim!

For 15-17 years olds, the course runs between 23/06/2024 – 11/08/2024 and can be booked from 1 week upwards.  

This course is Sunday arrival (before 1pm) and Saturday departure.



The surf capital of Europe, cosmopolitan Biarritz is one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Atlantic coast and one of the most welcoming cities in France. Housed in completely refurbished premises, the school enjoys an exceptional location just a few metres from the famous Côtes des Basques beach, the most famous beach in the region for surfing. The school is located a short walk from the lively Halles district which houses the towns’ many markets, restaurants, cafés and boutiques.

Language Course

The course comprises 20 French lessons, which take place on weekday mornings. The classes are dedicated only for students attending the Summer Camp and are divided into ability groups of up to 8 students in each class. The tuition is very much practice oriented, students participate in group sessions alongside others of a similar level, with lessons focused on improving all aspects of the language; speaking listening, reading and writing.

There will be a written test to complete before arrival and a speaking test on the first morning of lessons to ensure that students are placed in the correct group for their ability.


    At the welcome meeting on the first day of the course students will receive a detailed weekly programme of activities with a timetable and meeting points. The Summer Camp activities include:

    • A city tour on the first Monday of arrival for new students
    • One cultural visit per week (half-day excursion on Wednesday afternoon and / or a full day on Saturday in Bayonne, Saint Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Hendaye)
    • Social activities, fun and sports to allow students to practise French with others: football, beach volleyball, quiz, photo contest, treasure hunt, beach sports
    • Social evening to promote communication (for example, beach games, bowling, cinema)

    Surf Lessons

    The Côte des Basques beach in Biarritz is a perfect surf spot for all levels. A few minutes’ walk from the city centre, the beach is framed by the cliffs with a breath-taking view of Spain and the mountains.

    At low tide, the waves are small and long, ideal for beginners.

    At high tide, the beach disappears to make way for the waves, which get stronger and sometimes form rollers allowing more experienced surfers the chance to have fun and develop their surfing skills.

    All levels of surfing are catered for from beginners upwards. You will receive:

    • 4 surf lessons of 1.5 hours held on the on the famous Côte des Basques beach, a 5-minute walk from the school and on the Anglet beach. The timetable varies according to the tides and weather conditions
    • Fully-qualified instructors from partner surf schools Hastea and Uhaina, providing lessons adapted to the needs and levels of the participants. Groups of 8 students maximum with all equipment provided (wetsuits and boards)


    15 – 17 year old students are housed with carefully selected host families in Biarritz who provide twin rooms and full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

    You can read more about what it means to stay with a host family in our Host Family Guide. This gives the older students a little more responsibility as they navigate their way to and from their host accommodation every day. There are between 2-4 students per family, housed in twin rooms and all host families are located within 30 minutes of the school.


    Group Leaders run the activity programme and supervise students. The supervision ratio is 1 to 8 for water activities and 1 to 12 for other activities and excursions.


    Return transfers from Biarritz airport or train station are included in the price of this package.


    The school is not closed on any days during the summer camp period for 2024.


    Travel and Medical Insurance is available as an optional extra with this package. For more details please see our Insurance page.

    Included in this package

    This course is Sunday arrival (before 1pm) and Saturday departure.

      • 20 French lessons per week
      • Full board host family
      • Return transfers from Biarritz airport / train station
      • Welcome meeting
      • Tour of Biarritz
      • Surf programme
      • Social and Cultural Activities
      • Excursion
      • Supervision during lessons and free time
      • Course materials
      • Course Certificate
      • 24/7 Emergency support from UK office during your stay.
      • Travel and Medical Insurance (Optional)


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