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Get qualified surf instructor in North Devon

As a Surfing England Training Centre of Excellence, when you gain your certifications through us, you can be assured they’ll be globally recognised at the very highest level.

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Surfing England / International

surfing association level 1 surf instructor qualification

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with us and enjoy one of the best jobs in the world!

With the proliferation of surf schools throughout the world, surf coaching and beach lifeguarding is now seen as a legitimate career option with experienced coaches and lifeguards living the Endless Summer dream, working in the UK and Europe during the summer and then travelling to southern hemisphere locations in the winter months. Instructors that have attended our courses have obtained work as surf instructors in a wide range of countries including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico and Morocco.

Cost: £350

Duration: 2 days

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Course dates

23-24th March

13–14th April

11–12th May

15–16th June

13–14th July

10–11th August

14–15th September

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The 2 day course is led by Surf South West’s Level 3 Training/Assessor coach John Ellis. The course is internationally recognised and covers all aspects of coaching at beginner level and leads to the Level 1 qualification which allows coaches to work at surf schools and is recognised in many parts of the world. It is a basic requirement for surf coaches working at surf schools, surf clubs and schools and leads to the more advanced Level 2 qualification. (See below for Level 2 courses)

Please note that in addition to attendance of the course and satisfactory completion of course tasks, candidates will also have to demonstrate a basic level of personal surfing competence. This is assessed during the course where candidates will be expected to paddle out (generally in 2 to 3 feet surf) and catch unbroken waves demonstrating ability to ride lefts and rights with control and confidence.

To gain the Surfing England qualification you will also require a current Beach Life Saving Qualification – this can be obtained before or after the course. We offer a discount rate of £550 for booking the Beach Lifeguard course and Surf Instructor course together. Fill out the form below for more details.

Candidates are also required to complete twenty hours post course coaching experience with a surf school – this can be completed with us or elsewhere.

Successful completion of the course also includes 1 year’s free surf coach affiliation with Surfing England worth £45.

We require a deposit of £50 per person to secure a place and then the balance is due four weeks prior to the course. When we have received full payment a full information pack will be sent out with arrival information, timings and an itinerary for the course. Call 01271 890400 or e-mail us.

For more information and to book a place on the L1 Surf Instructor course, please fill out the form below.

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Surfing England/

Surfing association Level 2 surf instructor qualification

The course is open to existing qualified and experienced coaches, who hold the Surfing England/ISA Level 1 Surf Coaching Accreditation or an equivalent surfing qualification. The Level 2 Coaching course takes the coach beyond teaching beginner through intermediate surfing towards advanced level coaching and a greater understanding of competitive surfing. By gaining the Level 2 accreditation it also opens up greater opportunities to become involved in coaching at a high performance level and offers more work options within the surf coaching industry.

Cost: £450

Duration: 3 Days

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More information

Please contact us for course dates through the form below or give our team a call on 01271 890400. The course is held from our surf school on Croyde Beach. We require a deposit of £50 per person to secure a place and then the balance is due four weeks prior to the course.

When we have received full payment a full information pack will be sent out with arrival information, timings and an itinerary for the course.

Please contact us for more information through the form below and to book a place on the course. Both of our courses are held from our surf school on Croyde Beach, North Devon.

See accommodation options in Croyde here.

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Surf Instructor course

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We would love to hear from you if you are thinking about joining us for one of our ISA Surf Instructor Courses. Please let us know you’re interested & send us a message by filling out the form below.

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"Thanks so much for the Level 1 instructor course last week. It was professionally run and I learned so much over the two days. Cannot wait to complete my hours and start working as an instructor!"


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