Keel beach is the perfect safe place to learn to surf. A gently sloping beach that is exposed to swells travelling from the south and west means that we have waves of some sort almost all year around. There are no hazards under the water and prevailing south westerly winds tend to push novices back to shore rather than bringing them seaward. In summer time ,a defined surfing area is watched over by Mayo Co. Council beach lifeguards. Barring the sea being completely calm, then the only time that we can't run lessons on Keel is when the swell is too big, or if its too windy.