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want to be a surf instructor?

It's the dream, right? Spending your days hanging out with awesome people, sharing the stoke, and calling the beach your office!

Let's get you there!

Across 8 weeks, we'll be diving into all you need to know to take on a senior surf instructing role. We believe there is so much more to surf instructing than just getting people to stand on a board, and have filled this course with everything our team has learnt and refined over the past 8 years in the industry.

Our 8-Week Surf Instructor Course is currently underway. If you wish to be notified when bookings open for the next course, please join our waiting list below!

8-week
surf instructor and ocean leadership course

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 8 x 2-hour dry land learning sessions, to delve into the theory and knowledge behind what you'll be teaching (Monday nights 6:30pm-8:30pm in Torquay),

  • 8 x 2-hour in-water skills development sessions, to hone your practice and give you the confidence to run classes (Saturdays 8am-10am, local beach TBC the day before based on conditions),

  • A detailed workbook with all the course content for you to refer back to at any time,

  • The opportunity to shadow our classes and practice your teaching skills with real students,

  • Optional: all the required qualifications to legally work as a surf instructor in Australia (Working With Children Check, First Aid and CPR Qualifications, Ocean Safety Qualification, Surfing Australia membership, Surfing Australia Level 1 Coaching Qualification).

Our 8-Week Surf Instructor Course is currently underway. If you wish to be notified when bookings open for the next course, please join our waiting list below!

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8-week
surf instructor and ocean leadership course

WHAT'S COVERED?

Across the course, we'll be touching on topics such as safety and legal responsibilities, lesson plans and logistics, ocean knowledge and local beach awareness, surf exercise physiology, human psychology, nervous system fundamentals, customer connection, sales, and personal leadership.

For a more detailed breakdown of what's included in the course, you can access the first 5 pages of the workbook here.

Our 8-Week Surf Instructor Course is currently underway. If you wish to be notified when bookings open for the next course, please join our waiting list below!

Upcoming
Dates

Our 8-Week Surf Instructor Course is currently underway. If you wish to be notified when bookings open for the next course, please join our waiting list below!

The next Surf Instructor Course will be running in 2024.

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More
information

Our course has the option to include all necessary qualifications, some, or none, so you can adjust it to your personal circumstances.

To book your space, the course cost payable is $225.


If you choose to do all your qualifications, you can expect to pay a further $1,108.20 across the course of the 8 weeks. This is the maximum amount payable for qualifications per person.

 

The maximum total amount for the course would therefore be $1,333.20 if you choose to undertake all qualifications.

If you already hold some of the required qualifications, or do not wish to obtain them, you're total course cost will be cheaper.

 

If you choose to do no qualifications, your total course cost will be $225.

frequently
asked questions

What level of surfer is this for?
We recommend that you are comfortable surfing in at least 1-2ft unbroken waves, and that you can identify waves coming in towards the beach, as well as features such as rips, currents, and rocks.

 

Why are the qualifications optional?
This is to allow you to choose what you do and don't want to do. Some people will want to attend the course for their own personal surfing development, while others want to go out and work in the surfing industry as a coach. It also let's those who already have some or all of the required qualifications take part, without additional costs.


Do I need to be a good swimmer?

A timed swim and run are part of the qualifications element. It is not a particularly fast past for either, more consistent moving without stopping. We will talk about the fitness required and help you work towards it throughout the course, but if you are completely unable to swim, we may not be able to get you up to scratch in eight weeks in order for you to gain your surf rescue qualification by the completion of the program.

 

What happens if I can't make one of the weeks?
While we'd highly encourage you to come in person to as many of the sessions as possible, we will do our best to both live stream and record any of the Monday night sessions so that you can participate from further away or watch back a missed session if that helps you better access the course.

Unfortunately we're unable to do this for our practical sessions, but will do our best to give you quick refresher wherever we next see you.

 

Will I get a job at the end of the program?
The Surf Coast area is home to many large surf schools, all of whom need surf instructing staff from about October to March every year. We can just about guarantee you'll find casual surf instructing work over this period. Full time and part time roles do also pop up, but less frequently. The most likely time for these to start appearing is around the end of our course in late September and early October.

Surf instructing is also a great qualification set for traveling, and it's very common for instructors to work a summer season in Australia, and then head over to Europe or the USA for their summer season. Please note that it is common for these traveling surf instructing roles to request work in exchange for food and accommodation. Please always check if you'll be paid for a role like this, and don't assume you will be. That said, there are many places that pay a good wage, and some that will both pay you and offer food and accommodation.

If you have any questions about the course, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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