Surf Coach Academy

Here at Surf Coach Academy, we offer a range of Surf specific coaching, judging and officiating courses.

The courses are run under licence from the ISA (International Surfing Association), Surfing's World Governing Body.

The ISA Coaching & Instructing Program is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities of those individuals who wish to obtain a scientific approach to the coaching and instructing of surfing. The official recognition of the content of the ISA courses, comes from the Australian Coaching Council accredited Surfing Australia courses, from which the ISA programs have been customized for international use. Twenty-five years of very successful development is contained in these programs and approaches.The ISA is now releasing its own international surf coaching education programme and sees this as the establishment of an "international standard for accreditation of coaches and instructors in the surfschool industry

The objectives of the ISA Coaching & Instructing Program:

  • To establish an international system of Coaching and Instructing Courses, improving the safety and efficacy of surf instruction around the world.
  • To further develop, through educational programs, a body of knowledge on which Coaches and Instructors may draw.
  • To provide Coaches and Instructors with employment opportunities, encouragement and support.
  • To advance surf coaching and instructing as a globally standardized and highly professional activity with stringent requirements

ISA coaching awards are recognized and accepted in the following countries;

Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Costa Rica, Japan, Bali, Chile, Brazil, and many more.

This is the minimum award requirement and industry standard to work as a surf instructor, in a surf school, surf camp, club, college or similar setting.

The award is aimed at the coaching of beginner- intermediate level surfers and covers a range of modules.

Level 1 Course Info [ Download Here ]

All candidates must also obtain an acceptable International beach lifeguard/ ocean rescue award,. Here in the UK , the recognized lifesaving awards are, RLSS – NBLQ , Royal Life Saving Society- National Beaach Lifeguard Qualification, or SLSGB ( Surf Lifesaving GB, Beach Lifegaud award or Surf coaches lifeguard award.

To book onto a Lifeguard course please contact our partner service provider Lusty Glaze adventure centre , www.lustyglaze.co.uk who offer the RLSS -NBLQ In this way you can combine the 2 courses in a short time frame and be on your way to full accreditation and employment.

For full Level 1 course info download course info sheet for further details

Course Duration = 2 days

Level 1 course costs £300 per candidate, includes course manual and ISA registration

Group discounts available upon request

To obtain the ISA Level 2 Surf Coaching Accreditation, you need to hold the ISA Level 1 Surf Coaching Accreditation as a pre-requisite, or an equivalent award .ie, BSA/ Surfing GB level 1.

Becoming a Level 2 Coach takes the coach from learn to surf through intermediate surfing , towards advanced level and a greater understanding of competitive surfing. By gaining your Level 2 accreditation it also opens up greater opportunities to become involved in coaching at a Higher Performance level. To obtain this award an individual must adhere to the following accreditation requirements:

Level 2 Course Information Sheet [ Download Here ]

In order to gain full accreditation as a Level 2 coach candidates must also obtain a recognized Lifesaving/ ocean rescue award as outlined for level 1 accreditation.

Course Duration = 3 days

Level 2 course costs £400 per candidate, includes course manual and ISA registration.

Group discounts available upon request

The ISA Judging & Officiating Development Program is very comprehensive The education and administration systems have been identified by leading sporting organisation's as the worlds' best educational practices in the development of quality accredited surfing officials.

This Program is the result of 15 years of research and development and is designed to compliment and continue with all ISA Development Programs for the benefit of all the surfing nations of the ISA.

There are currently 18 countries that are ISA partners in worldwide judging development. This number continues to grow as many National Governing Bodies (NGBs) come to realize the importance of the parallel development of the Judges and Officials of the sport.

The ISA is committed to the continued success of surfing as a sport worldwide and recognizes the need for a standardized accreditation course. The quality and credibility of every competition hinges on the education of our officials. ISA Judging & Officiating Courses are regularly being conducted throughout the ISA surfing world.

The importance of parallel and unified educational development of the Judges and Officials of the sport should not be underestimated. A globally standardized education program for Judges ensures that the athletes receive identical feedback on their performance regardless of the place of competition. The "International Judging and Officiating Course" is the first step in becoming a professional surfing Judge and Official. Surfing Australia and the ISA are committed to providing a clear development pathway for our aspiring and, dedicated experienced officials.

The education of our sport's officials is paramount to the direct success of the competition system. The role of a Judge in a surfing contest is to decide which surfer performs closest to the judging criteria in a particular heat. It is therefore essential that the judge's have the knowledge, confidence and finally the experience to obtain the correct results.

The International judging accreditation gives the individual judge access to the ISA Judging exchange program and the ability to judge at all ISA sanctioned events as well as regional, National, International and ASP events.

The course is 1 day duration – approx 6-8 hours.

The programme is a mix of practical and theory, covering all aspects of judging, ie. Criteria, scoring, interference rules, etc. i

The course costs £100 per person, Includes Course manual and ISA registration.

Group discounts available on request.

Courses are run at a range of venues in the Newquay area of Cornwall.

We can also run a course in house for surf schools/clubs, colleges, Uni's etc, subject to suitable facilities and no's on the course.

Please Contact Us direct for furher info or to discuss your needs.

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ISA Coaching Course Calendar 2017

Month / Date Course Type Venue
March    
25-26  ISA / SGB Level 1 Coach  Newquay
April    
22-23 ISA / SGB Level 1 Coach Newquay
May    
20-21 ISA / SGB Level 1 Coach Newquay
June    
17-18 ISA / SGB Level 1 Coach Newquay
July    
01-02 ISA / SGB Level 1 Coach Newquay
September    
02-03 ISA / SGB Level 1 Coach Newquay
October    
14-15 ISA / SGB Level 1 Coach Newquay

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