is logo






Course Aim

The course aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competences to instructor beginners in white water surf.

Course Entry Requirements

Age- The candidate must be eighteen years or older

Surf Proficiency- Candidates must pass a surf proficiency test prior to the Level 1 Surf Instructor Course. Candidate must be at Intermediate level. They will have 30 minutes to paddle out to the back and catch at least two waves: one unbroken right and one unbroken left. They must paddle out to the back demonstrating correct paddling technique, correct body positioning on their board and control while paddling. After taking off, they must pop-up correctly landing two feet simultaneously into surf stance (feet centred over stringer approximately shoulder width apart, knees bend, weight over feet) and surf down the line demonstrating drive (surfing using flex/ extension to surf rail to rail generating their own speed). The surfer must maintain control throughout and pull off the wave safely.

Water Safety/ First Aid- The candidate must hold a Surf Instructor Beach Award or Beach Lifeguard Award. Where a candidate does not have a beach award they can opt to attend a combined course

that includes the Surf Instructor Beach Safety Award. If attending a combined course where a Surf Instructor Beach Award is included please note you must be able to swim 300m in at least 10 minutes.  

Child Protection- The candidate must complete the ISC 3hr Safeguarding 1 Workshop included on the Level 1 Basic Surf Instructor Course.

Vetting- Candidates must be successfully Garda/ Police Vetting before they are accepted on our course.

Course Duration 

  • Day 1 Surf Assessment (2pm- 5pm) & Safe Guarding 1 (6pm -9pm)
  • Day 2 Level 1 Course 9am-6pm
  • Day 3 Level 1 Course 9am- 6pm

Course Cost 

Level 1 Basic Surf Instructor €250 (full payment required to secure booking). Level 1 Combined Surf Instructor (includes Surf Instructor Beach Award) €500


The course will be delivered through class based activities to include group work, mock instructing tasks, group discussion, audio visual learning aids, the emphases will be on the instructors leading their own learning and learning through group work and role play activities. There will also be a practical tutoring session where by the tutor will take the instructors through a real life beach and white water surf session.


The course will be delivered by ISA/ NCDP Tutors.

Course Materials

Participants will be provided with Instructors manual and logbook.

Course Assessment

Assessment will include three parts- surf proficiency assessment, session planner assessment and session delivery assessment. Following successful completion of the course the participant will complete 40hrs (20x2hrs sessions) logged practical experience prior to certification.


Irish Surfing Level 1 Basic Instructor card will be awarded to those who attend the full course and satisfactorily complete the course assessments and log book.

Share This Page :)


Administrator Login