English Surf Coach
The English Surfing Federation and the ISA (International Surf Association) have teamed up to bring you the most comprehensive and up to date Surf Coach Qualification available. Together we aim to ensure safe and successful surf coaching, whilst encouraging progression for all levels of ability.
The recognised qualification for Surf coaching in the UK is the ISA/ESF Surf Coach Level 1 award which allows you to seek employment at hundreds of surf schools in Britain and in countries all over the world. The course covers all aspects of surf education including surf safety, surfing & coaching techniques along with group management. Successful trainees go on to work as professional surf coaches, introducing beginners and helping improvers enjoy wave riding or take their surfing to the next level.
Course Cost: £275 (Includes 1 year English Surfing Federation Surf Coach Membership worth £45)
Course Duration: 2 Days
o All coaches operating independently or in registered surf schools must have ESF recognised surf coaching awards and current water safety qualifications.
o Any surf coaches wishing to purchase additional coaches insurance with their membership will need to provide a CRB/DBS (within the last three years)
o All coaches must register with English Surfing Federation. English Surfing Federation Surf Coach award costs £45 a year (See below for a link to further details)
Where can I become a qualified Surf Coach?
Please see below and click on the appropriate training centre for details:
|Bantham Surfing Academy |
Bantham Beach, Bantham, Devon, United Kingdom
|Era Adventures |
Polzeath, Cornwall PL27 6SS, United Kingdom
|Surf Coach Academy |
|Surf South West |
Croyde, Devon, United Kingdom
|Surf Steps Bournemouth |
Undercliff Dr, Bournemouth BH5 1BN, United Kingdom
If you are interested in attending a course in a location that isn’t included in the centres provided e.g. The North East of England, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Additional courses can be arranged in the event of sufficient demand.
Non ISA/ESF courses and qualifications
The recognised qualification for Surf coaching in the UK is the ISA/ESF Surf Coach Level 1 award which allows you to seek employment at hundreds of surf schools in Britain and in all ISA nations around the world. Any coach wishing to work in the UK or accredit through ISA and English Surfing Federation should only attend an ISA accredited course. Any coach who is qualified through another qualification (including Academy of Surf Instructors (ASI) and Water Skills Academy (WSA)) that wishes to join English Surfing Federation as a coach member will be required to complete the ISA Recognised Prior Learning pathway at an approximate cost of £125 (*includes 1 year ISA and ESF coach membership). To transfer your qualification through the pathway please contact an ISA course presenter of your choice as listed above.