Surf instructor course

We are planning on running a preparatory course for the ISA level 1 surf instructor course which
allows people to teach beginner surf lessons in surf schools that are accredited by the International Surfing Association. We are still unsure of when we will be able to reopen in 2021 so once we have a date we will let the world know.

We pride ourselves on having one of the best surf schools in Ireland and are stoked to pass on this knowledge. The course will be run by our senior staff who have a wealth of experience teaching surfing for many years. The staff are some of Irelands best surfers and among Irelands leading surf coaches such as Josh McCrea, Anthony Keaney, Pete Craig and Aidan Browne.

Our course is aimed at both those who want to pass the ISA Level 1 course and also those who want to use it for personal development. The 3 week course provides candidates with the opportunities and resources to improve  their own surfing and coaching skills as well as their surf fitness. The course will focus on passing the ISA Level 1 course but will also give candidates a full working knowledge of the operations of a busy watersports business.

Please be aware this course does not result in you becoming a qualified surf instructor. We aim to give you the skills and knowledge to be able to pass the Irish Surfing instructor course, which needs to be booked and paid for separately to our preparatory course. To qualify as a surf instructor you also need to pass the Irish Water Safety Beach Safety Award or RLSS/IWS Beach Lifeguard Award.

Basic requirements for candidates:
-Have a clean pop up and control of the board
-Can catch green waves if you are having a good day of surf
-Have a proficient swimming level
-Have  a good attitude

Course Details:

We plan to run the course in May 2021 (dates TBC) and runs for 3 weeks. The course runs 4 days per week. The ISA normally have a combined Level 1 Surf Instructor and IWS surf instructor beach safety award in June. Our instructor course will give our candidates the skills required to pass this course. All dates are dependent on us being able to reopen along with the rest of Ireland and travel rtestricitons being lifted.

Cost €595 . Accommodation can be provided at the surf lodge from €100 per week if needed.

What is included:
4 surf coaching sessions and 4 practical surf school modules per week for 3 weeks. The course will aim to run Monday to Thursday with 1 surf and 1 practical module each day but the days may change based on the best surf conditions. Use of all our equipment is included so you can try out different boards. The ISA Level 1/IWS surf Instructor Beach safety course is not included – this can be booked and paid for separately if you want to do it. There are regular instructor courses throughout the year so it it possible to do our course and do the instructor course at a later date.

We can arrange accommodation packages in our bunk house if needed from €100per week.

For more information please call us on 071-9841968 or email

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The course is intensive but fun. You don’t need to be a great surfer to do the course but it is assumed you have the basics and would be improver level – this is defined as being able to catch a green wave some of the time and have a decent pop up. The level one surf instructor qualification is aimed at teaching beginners in whitewater so safety and swimming ability are just as important as surfing level.

The topics covered on the course include:

  • The role of the surfing instructor
  • Customer service
  • Identifying laws and regulations that apply to conducting surfing lessons
  • Equipment choices, maintenance and management
  • Client management and safety
  • Group management in an ever changing environment
  • Identifying surfing lesson risks and hazards
  • Emergency procedures and action plans
  • Surf lesson planning and delivery
  • Communication skills for the surfing environment
  • Surf coaching techniques for beginner level surfers
  • Assessing students performance
  • Evaluating surfing lessons
  • Minimising environmental impacts (social & natural)

The course will be flexible and based around the surf conditions however the basic plan will be to run coaching clinics in the morning with dry land modules in the afternoon. The first few weeks will be aimed at getting everyone to the required level surfing wise.

Booking info

To book your place, contact Bundoran Surf Co on 071-9841968 or e-mail  The price for the course is €595pp and does not include accommodation. Long term accommodation available at Bundoran Surf Co.


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