ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor


The ISA (International Surfing Association) award is the most widely accepted international standard for accreditation of coaches and instructors in the surf school industry both within the UK and worldwide. Our courses are run under licence from the ISA, Surfing’s World Governing Body.

The ISA 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 Saftey & Rescue Competency Award’ if you only wish to work as a surf instructor

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

2020 Courses

  • 18 – 19th April
  • 16 – 17th May
  • 13 – 14th June
  • 11 – 12th July
  • 12 -13 Sept
  • 10 – 11 Oct

WSA offers a combined course offering both the lifesaving and the ISA Level 1 surf instructor course so you can get both qualifications with us.

  • ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor £350

  • Duration – 2 days

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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