Surf Coach Academy

Here at Surf Coach Academy, we offer a range of Surf specific coaching courses.

The courses are run under licence from the ISA (International Surfing Association), Surfing's World Governing Body.

The ISA Coaching & Instructing Program is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities of those individuals who wish to obtain a scientific approach to the coaching and instructing of surfing. The official recognition of the content of the ISA courses, comes from the Australian Coaching Council accredited Surfing Australia courses, from which the ISA programs have been customized for international use. Twenty-five years of very successful development is contained in these programs and approaches.The ISA is now releasing its own international surf coaching education programme and sees this as the establishment of an "international standard for accreditation of coaches and instructors in the surfschool industry

The objectives of the ISA Coaching & Instructing Program:

  • To establish an international system of Coaching and Instructing Courses, improving the safety and efficacy of surf instruction around the world.
  • To further develop, through educational programs, a body of knowledge on which Coaches and Instructors may draw.
  • To provide Coaches and Instructors with employment opportunities, encouragement and support.
  • To advance surf coaching and instructing as a globally standardized and highly professional activity with stringent requirements

ISA coaching awards are recognized and accepted in the following countries;

Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Costa Rica, Japan, Bali, Chile, Brazil, and many more.

This is the minimum award requirement and industry standard to work as a surf instructor, in a surf school, surf camp, club, college or similar setting.

The award is aimed at the coaching of beginner- intermediate level surfers and covers a range of modules.

Level 1 Course Info [ Download Here ]

All candidates must also obtain an acceptable International beach lifeguard/ ocean rescue award,. Here in the UK , the recognized lifesaving awards are, RLSS – NBLQ , Royal Life Saving Society- National Beaach Lifeguard Qualification, or SLSGB ( Surf Lifesaving GB, Beach Lifegaud award or Surf coaches lifeguard award.

To book onto a lifesaving course please contact our partners www.4elementsadventure.com and www.waterskillsacademy.com , who offer various SLSGB and RLSS lifesaving awards.
In this way you can combine the 2 courses and fast track your accreditation process.

For full Level 1 course info download course info sheet for further details

Course Duration = 2 days

Level 1 course costs £350 per candidate, includes course manual and ISA registration

Group discounts available upon request

To obtain the ISA Level 2 Surf Coaching Accreditation, you need to hold the ISA Level 1 Surf Coaching Accreditation as a pre-requisite, or an equivalent award .ie, BSA/ Surfing GB level 1.

Becoming a Level 2 Coach takes the coach from learn to surf through intermediate surfing , towards advanced level and a greater understanding of competitive surfing. By gaining your Level 2 accreditation it also opens up greater opportunities to become involved in coaching at a Higher Performance level. To obtain this award an individual must adhere to the following accreditation requirements:

Level 2 Course Information Sheet [ Download Here ]

In order to gain full accreditation as a Level 2 coach candidates must also obtain a recognized Lifesaving/ ocean rescue award as outlined for level 1 accreditation.

Course Duration = 3 days

Level 2 course costs £450 per candidate, includes course manual and ISA registration.

Group discounts available upon request

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ISA Coaching Course Calendar 2021

Courses may be either traditional face to face classroom or online courses TBC pending demand and Covid situation in 2021.

Month / Date Course Type Venue
March    
27-28  ISA  Level 1 Coach  Newquay / Online
April    
17-18  ISA  Level 1 Coach  Newquay / Online
May    
15-16 ISA  Level 1 Coach Newquay / Online
June    
12-13 ISA  Level 1 Coach Newquay / Online
July    
10-11 ISA  Level 1 Coach Newquay / Online
Sept.    
11-12 ISA  Level 1 Coach Newquay / Online
Oct.    
16-17 ISA  Level 1 Coach Newquay / Online
Nov.    
13-14  ISA  Level 1 Coach  Newquay / Online

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