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ISA Surf Instructor Courses

Surf Instructor Courses Overview

For the beach bums at heart with a thrill seeking love of the surf, nothing beats turning your favourite past time into a full blown career. They always say, find something you love, and then start doing it for a living. And nothing could be truer.

For the ultimate adventure, the ISA (International Surf Association) surf instructor training courses are the most widely recognised and internationally approved courses, meaning you can teach at surf schools both here in the UK and abroad too.

Here at Era Adventures, you can be assured of an entirely comprehensive, successful and safe surf course, allowing you to either add to your existing qualifications or kick start a new career - We love to have fun and enjoy the surf but take our training seriously at the same time.

On either course, you won’t just improve on your technical skills and ability to show others the ropes, but will acquire a great variety of soft skills too essential for effectively and safely leading, engaging and supporting a group of budding surfers.

ISA Surf Instructor Courses

Surf Instructor Courses that we offer

You can undertake either your ISA level 1 or level 2 surf instructor course from our awesome coast side base in Polzeath, North Cornwall. Set on a stunning stretch of coastline, there’s probably no better spot to undertake your training and take the first steps towards becoming a qualified surf instructor.

You can also transfer an existing BSA surf coach award to an International Surf Coach award too, or do a combined course of your RLSS beach lifeguard award and surf coach level 1 or 2, since the lifeguard qualification is a prerequisite of undertaking these courses.


There are a couple of key prerequisites to you signing up to either of the ISA surf courses on offer - clearly you’ll need to be able to surf! - you’ll need:

  • A current Beach Life Saving Qualification acceptable to both the ISA and Surf Great Britain (SGB)
  • At least two years real and personal surfing experience.

Surf Coach Qualification Rates

  • ISA/SGB Level 1 Surf Coach Award - £300 per person
  • ISA Level 2 Surf Coach Award - £400 per person
  • RLSS Beach Lifeguard & ISA Surf Coach Level 1 or Level 2 - £500/£600 per person (Combined course package)
  • Transfer from BSA Surf Coach Awards to ISA - £150 per person

Student Discounts available call 01208 862 963 for details.

ISA Surf Instructor Courses

Surf Courses & Awards

You’ll find detailed information below about each of the courses and combined packages we offer as part of our surfing awards. If you have any further queries, or want to book yourself onto our next available course, just drop us a line or send an enquiry through our booking form and we’ll be back in touch as soon as we can!

ISA Level 1 Surf Course

Price: 300 per person
Duration: 2 days

This level 1 course is the minimum requirement to become a surf instructor for an SGB/ISA approved surf school. The course is open at anyone over the age of 16 with a couple of years’ experience surfing and a genuine desire to teach others.

The course content covers a wide range of surf education including remaining safe whilst surfing, specific surfing techniques as well as a range of group management and essential coaching techniques for you to use within your new career.

Throughout this course you will be assessed, in both classroom based and practical sessions, on a variety of criteria including surf venue analysis, group assessment and lesson planning, lesson delivery, practical surfing skills and your own self-assessment.

By the end of the course, you will be expected to demonstrate that your personal surfing prowess is of an acceptable standard along with an assessment of your soft skills in terms of delivering lessons to your peers within the course. You’ll also be expected to show your competency in coaching novice to intermediate level surfers by logging 20 hours of practical tuition with a recognised ISA and SGB surf school such as ourselves. As part of this course, you will also be given your Surfing GB membership, which is a formal requirement needed to work in surf schools here in the UK.

ISA Level 2 Surf Course

Price: £400 per person
Duration: 3 days

The level 2 surf instructor course is aimed at individuals over the age of 18, who have already completed and held for at least two years, their SGB/ISA Level 1 Surf Coach Award.

The award is aimed at Surf Great Britain coaches who are currently working with novice to intermediate surfers who wish to develop their skills in order to coach more advanced classes. It’s widely recognised as the most desirable qualification by SGB and ISA regulated surf schools in the UK for appointing lead coaches. You’ll be able to work with junior squads, advanced and competitive surfers as well as being the minimum award required if you wish to start your own surf school in the UK. Although the exact schedule of this award may vary, the primary course content includes:

  • Performance analysis through video
  • Learning the benefits and execution of performance analysis
  • Principles of fitness, diet and nutrition
  • Skill drills for surfers
  • Group workshops
  • Surf programme planning
  • Practical coaching sessions
  • Fault recognition and correction
  • Practical surf sessions and evaluations
  • Healthy, Safety and the law
  • Method and risk assessments
  • Safe and effective coaching
  • Presentations

On completing this qualification, your award will be valid for a year from your award date from Era Adventures, at which point you’ll have to start paying your annual registration fee to the international surf association, or until the relevant lifesaving qualification expires (whichever is earlier).

RLSS Beach Lifeguard & ISA Surf Coach Level 1

£500 per person (level 1)
£600 per person (level 2)

Perfect for those who have yet to undertake the prerequisite of their beach lifeguard award from the Royal Life Savers Society, this combined package allows you to undertake both qualifications so as you can get your career. You can find out more in detail about the RLSS Award on our qualifications page, and about the surf courses above.

What Job opportunities are there after passing your Beach Lifeguard qualification?

Both International Beach Lifeguard Qualifications we offer not only give you the ticket you need to become an RNLI Beach lifeguard or validate the ISA Surf coach awards they also enable you to work in a wide range of water-based activities such Coasteering and Sit-on-top Kayaking and are the fundamental award to have for most Ocean based activity centres.

You can also gain employment and hone your skills as part of the water safety and Medical team for various water-based and land Events that are held throughout the season in Cornwall and the UK check out these websites for more info! http://www.eventwatersafety.org.uk/ and http://www.era-adventures.co.uk/event-safety-management


If you have any further queries, or want to book yourself onto our next available course, just drop us a line or send an enquiry through our booking form and we’ll be back in touch as soon as we can! Student Discounts available.

Call 01208 862 963

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