• ISA Surf Instructor & SUP instructor Courses

ISA Surf and SUP Instructor Courses

Surf and SUP 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 and SUP 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

ISA Surf Instructor and SUP instructor Courses that we offer

You can undertake either your ISA level 1 or level 2 surf instructor course or Flat water SUP instructor courses 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/Surfing England Level 1 (2 Day) - £350 per person
  • ISA Level 2 Surf Coach Award (3 Day) - £450 per person
  • ISA flat water SUP coach award (2 Day) - £350 per person
  • RLSS Beach Lifeguard & ISA Surf Coach Level 1 (7 Day) - £650 per person (Combined course package)
  • RLSS (Renewal) Beach Lifeguard & ISA Level 2 Surf Coach  (6 Day) - £650 per person (Combined course package)
  • RLSS (New Candiate) Beach Lifeguard & ISA Level 2 Surf coach (8 Day) - £750 Per Person
  • SLSGB Surf Coach Safety Rescue and ISA level 1 (6 Day) - £600

Student Discounts available call 01208 862 963 for details.

ISA Surf Instructor Courses

ISA Surf and SUP Coach Course 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 Coach Course

Price: 350 per person
Duration: 2 days

This level 1 course is the minimum requirement to become a surf instructor for an Surfing England/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 Surfing England surf school such as ourselves. As part of this course, you will also be given your Surfing England membership, which is a formal requirement needed to work in surf schools here in the UK.

ISA Level 2 Surf Coach Course

Price: £450 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 Surfing England/ISA Level 1 Surf Coach Award.

The award is aimed at ISA Level 1 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 Surfing England and ISA regulated surf schools, Camps and Retreats in the UK & Worldwide for appointing head 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
  • Surf Simulation Drills
  • 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 the ISA , at which point you’ll have to start paying your annual registration fee to the International Surf Association and also keep  the relevant lifesaving qualification valid.

RLSS Beach Lifeguard & ISA Surf Coach Level 1

£650 per person 

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

RLSS Beach Lifeguard Renewal & ISA Surf Coach Level 2

£650 per person 

Perfect for those who have already been coaching for at least a couple of years. You may need to refresh your beach lifeguard qualification and can take the opportunity to enhance your surf coaching skills to the next level. You will want to be coaching more advanced level of surf lessons and aspiring to be a senior or head coach or surf school manager. It is easy to just think about refreshing your beach lifeguard qualification but this could be the ideal time and opportunity to progress your qualifications to the next level and stepping further along in your surf coaching and activities career. 

ISA Flat Water Stand up paddle board SUP instructor Course

Price: £350 per person
Duration: 2 days

This course is aimed at people wishing to get qualified in instructing stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on flat water. You may be an already existing surf instructor wishing to broaden your horizons or an SUP enthusiast with a passion to pass on the skills required to start others on the SUP journey. 

Candidates will have some SUP experience able to use the boards in flat water scenarios and possess relevant water safety certification in order to conduct safe lessons and provide lifesaving support.

Candidates will be required to attend the 2 day course and put through a professional course aimed at teaching instructors to deliver safety, technique, risk assessments, venue safety, equipment checks and fun well structured lessons leading to strong customer service and positive customer experiences.

After completing the 2 day course you will be required to complete 20 volunteer teaching hours to gain experience with qualified coaches before conducting a final lesson by yourself to be assessed by a senior coach. Upon completion of your final assessment you will be put into the ISA database and awarded you internationally recognised ISA certification and be ready to begin a new chapter as a qualified SUP instructor.

Your award will be valid for 1 year from completion of the course with ERA after which you will need to pay your annual registration to the ISA to keep your award valid and up to date. 


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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