WSA Surf Instructor

Water Skills Academy Level 1 is the minimum requirement and industry standard to work as a surf instructor in a surf school, surf camp, club or college.

This internationally recognised qualification allows you to coach beginner and intermediate level surfers. The programme develops individual skills and knowledge base, covering a range of modules. A range of different approaches are involved in coaching and instructing all our trainee coaches. It must be combined with a valid lifeguard course in order to work as a surf instructor, such as the full ‘SLSGB Surf Lifeguard’ award which allows you work as an instructor as well as a lifeguard, or the shorter ‘Surf Coach Safety & Rescue Competency Award’ if you only wish to work as a surf instructor

The membership to WSA will be valid for a year, after this you will need to pay your annual membership directly to WSA.

If you wish to do a lifesaving course as well to validate your surf instructor award please book that separately

Gaining our foundation surf instructor qualification will enable you to instruct beginners through to intermediate level. We will equip you with the coaching skills to confidently enter the work place as you will be learning from industry experts in this field. Minimum age to attend the course is 16. We require all of our candidates to be able to CONFIDENTLY demonstrate that they can perform the manoeuvres listed below in surf which is head high.

  • Paddling skills
  • Rise and fall while trimming
  • Basic bottom turn
  • Controlled end of ride

All manoeuvres must be performed forehand and backhand. If you are not sure whether you are at the required skill level to attend our course then send us some video footage of you surfing and we will advise you further.

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