My name is Dom Moore and Surf Sanctuary is my bespoke ocean training centre. Here, we offer you bespoke and group sessions in surfing, standup paddle boarding, coasteering and ocean confidence training. You may have had time to read some of my blog posts to see what I get up to but if not, I’ve been on a quest over the last couple of decades to learn and do as much as I can in the sea. I surf, SUP, kitesurf, swim and freedive. As well as running Surf Sanctuary, I edit SUP International Magazine.


ISA Level 1 and 2 Surf Coach / RLSS Beach Lifeguard / AoFA Emergency Medical Technician / RNLI Volunteer Casualty Care and Rescue / BKSA Kitesurf Instructor / RYA Survival at Sea / VHF Radio Operator / Day Skipper / Power Boat Level 2 / ICS Coaching and Physical Education


Surf Sanctuary is advantageously located within the grounds of the iconic Headland Hotel, Newquay, directly overlooking Fistral Beach, Little Fistral and The Cribbar. Most of our lessons are run from Fistral Beach which is just a short walk away across the hotel lawns. There are no roads to cross or busy pavements to navigate. Our surf school offers fantastic facilities from heated changing rooms with hot showers to dehumidified wetsuit and board storage. Even in the depths of winter clients can be assured of a comfortable experience.


Betsy Townsend

Betsy grew up surfing in Newquay and it's fair to say that she spends more time in her wetsuit than in her own bed. A technical master, Betsy is able to give the right feedback at the right time to keep you on a smooth curve of progression. It would be difficult to pin down her speciality when coaching, for whether you are 7 or 77, a first-timer or a regular surfer looking to escape a plateau, Betsy has an uncanny knack of finding the magic bullet to success. 

Read more about Betsy here. 

Pepé Navarro

Pepé embodies the classic surfing lifestyle of family, travel and friendship. Easily one of the most competent and dependable surfers in the water, Pepé has an innate ability to 'read' the sea and is an incredibly experienced surf coach as well as very talented surfer. If you'd like to introduce your family or kids to surfing, or perhaps want to discover the profound effect surfing can have on your life, seek out a lesson with Pepé. 


Read more about Pepé here

Ben Douglas

If you can surf it, climb it, catch it, jump off of it or slide or roll down it, Ben Douglas has probably managed it at some point. But despite his Gnarly-to-the-Extreme credentials, Ben is a risk technician par excellence and heads up our coasteer sessions as well as running plenty of surf sessions too. Completely unflappable and ready to step forward no matter what's going on, Ben's the sort of fella you want at your side during your ocean adventures. 

Read more about Ben here.