Get more from your holiday, learn Spanish, go surfing, have fun, meet new people and take home two new skills that will stay with you forever. At Tandem San Sebastián, you can combine Spanish learning with all kind of activities. Whatever your level of Spanish, Tandem San Sebastián will improve both your Spanish and surfing skills. Discover your ideal course combination and improve your Spanish and surfing with them!
You will live in an apartment with one or two Spanish people, who are studying or working. You will have your own bedroom as well as the use of the kitchen, bathroom and living room. This option allows you contact with Spanish people, whilst at the same time maintaining certain independence. Bed sheets and towels are provided. The prices for this accommodation vary depending on the season.
You will be made to feel perfectly at home living with one of Tandem San Sebastian’s families and this makes for a wonderful experience. The accommodations are located in different areas of San Sebastián and in general, you do not need more than 15 minutes by bus to the center or the school. The prices for this accommodation are the same year round.
Surfing lessons are suitable for all levels. You must be a good swimmer and be in good physical condition to participate in this surf camp. All lessons will include the surfing basics according to your levels such as surfing theory, water safety, surfing techniques, surf etiquette and wave selection. Your instructors will take you to the best surf spots to suit your needs and ability.
Surfing lessons will include coastline knowledge, rips, local conditions, safety issues, weather forecasts and more. As a beginner, you will learn how to handle a board, how to paddle, catch white waves, pop up on the board and standing up in the foam. As an intermediate surfer, certified surf instructors will work with you to improve your surfing techniques, such as perfecting your style, duck diving, cutbacks, front side and back side turns and more.
A private one-to-one course is the most effective method for meeting the specific needs of the student. During this surf camp, you will get 15 lessons in which you can start every Monday. You can choose from 3 to 5 one-to-one classes a day. You choose the pace and content of the course. The courses will cover general Spanish, culture, business Spanish, tourism, etc.
All lessons are 45 minutes. In the afternoon, you can use a self-study room or borrow books and DVDs from the school's library. The minimum age for all group courses is 16. Students younger than 18 years need written authorization from their parents. During the high season, classes may be also held in the early afternoon.
The surf camp will take place at Zurriola Beach in San Sebastián, Spain. The beach provides consistent waves throughout the year and also an exposed beach break. The waves are both lefts and rights. It tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells.
Tandem San Sebastian is located in stylish and unspoiled San Sebastián, just 600 meters from the Zurriola surfers beach on the wild and beautiful Atlantic Coast. The school is located in Gros and near the city center. Gros is a trendy and lively district, close to the Zurriola surfer´s beach and only 15 minutes on foot from the old town, la Parte Vieja.
San Sebastian is a city that creates an impact on account of its beauty and lifestyle. It offers extraordinary landscapes in the city center itself: three beaches and three mountains, the contrast between the Atlantic Sea and the Pyrenees. The bay of La Concha, which lies in the heart of the city, is a magnet for sun seekers while surfers show off their skills on Zurriola Beach.
This city is the capital of the province of Gipuzkoa and also the European capital of cultural and tourist center of the Basque Country. This city of 185.000 inhabitants seduces everyone because of its own atmosphere, architecture, university and the lively streets. It is a combination of modernity and tradition. San Sebastián is the Spanish gastronomic Mecca with 16 stars in the Michelin Guide.
Not only to be enjoyed in restaurants but also the bars are renowned for their pintxos - an original form of tapas, accompanied by txakoli, a local white wine or the famous red Rioja wines. Beyond the concept of sun and sand, through the year the city offers a varied program of exhibitions, concerts, popular fiestas, sports and international events such as San Sebastian’s day in January, dance in May, Jazz Festival in July, big week festival in August and the International Film Festival in September.
Breakfast and dinner are included in the price when you choose the family accommodation with half board.
Please book your flight to arrive at Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ), San Sebastián Airport (EAS), or Bilbao Airport (BIO). Biarritz is an airport in France and only 45 kilometers away from San Sebastián. Biaritz is an international airport only during the summer months. San Sebastián airport in Hondarribia is 25 kilometers away from the center. Meanwhile, Bilbao is the international one and only 95 kilometers away from San Sebastián.
All the flights to San Sebastian airport are vía Madrid or Barcelona. There is a bus service to San Sebastián city center every 20 minutes. The travel time is 30 minutes. From Bilbao airport, there is an hourly bus service from the airport to the central bus station in San Sebastián. The travel time is 60 minutes. If you would like to use a transfer service, a transfer from the airports is also available upon request for single students and groups.
There are buses from the main European cities to San Sebastián, such as Madrid and Barcelona. From Madrid, the bus needs 6 hours and from Barcelona 7 hours.
From any point in Spain, you can travel with Renfe San Sebastán. Madrid-San Sebastián is 5 hours long while Barcelona-San Sebastián is 6 hours. From Paris to San Sebastián, you can go via Hendaye.
San Sebastián is 20 kilometers away from the French border. The high-speed train "TGV" needs only 5.5 hours from Paris to Hendaye and half an hour more by Euskotren to get to San Sebastián. Tandem San Sebastian also offers transfer services for single students and groups from Hendaye train station at an extra cost.