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Completing the surf coach courses officially certifies you to give surf lessons worldwide to beginning surfers. The course exists of two parts: the ILS (International Lifesaver Saving) and the ISA Level 1 & 2 Surf Coach certificate. Both are recognized by the ISA (International Surfing Association). The Pura Vida Lodge organizes the course every year in Mimizan Plage.
Location: Mimizan Plage, France
Mimizan and its surroundings are known for the endless beach breaks caused by winter storms leaving beautiful sandbanks behind. The ideal combination between working on your surf career and gaining surf experience is to hit the water as many times as possible. So of course we will try to surf as much as we can before, during and after the classes. It will be a busy week with first aid class, teaching skills, several exams and surfing on your own, but also with time to chill in the Pura Vida Lodge.
Part 1: SLSA (Surf Coach Lifesaver Award)
The ILS course counts 30 hours and is a mandatory part of the surf coach course. The course starts with a fitness test. This means participants should be fit. Besides CPR and first aid you are being taught several rescue techniques at sea with and without rescue board. The exam on the last day is conducted by ILS examiners.
Part 2: ISA Level 1 Surf Coach
The entry requirements for this course are the achieved lifesaver degree (part 1) and at least 2 years of surf experience. The second part of the surf coach course lasts 3 days and includes both theory and practice. It further elaborates on teaching beginners, teaching methods and skills, and safety while teaching on the beach and in the water.
During the week there are several tests:
Showing minimal required surf skills: bottom turn (frontside and backside) and safely and controlled surfing of a wave
Teaching a beginner surf class
Presenting a surf related topic (in English)
Part of the course is a 20 hour internship. The Pura Vida Lodge can assist finding a suitable place. After achieving part 1 and 2 you are the proud owner of the surf coach degree of the ISA and get your instructor card. After two years you must follow a refreshing course to keep your awards up to date.
At Pembrokeshire and West Wales' Premier Surf & Sup (Stand up Paddle Boarding) School we offer a full range of surfing and SUP stand up paddle boarding lessons and equipment hire, from a half day tuition to week long courses, Kids' Clubs, surf camps and more.
The surf courses are run at:
Newgale, Broadhaven, Freshwater West, Stackpole & Manorbier.
Outer Reef also runs ISA- Surfing Gb Level 1 & 2 surfing and SUP (stand up paddle boarding) Instructor Courses, as well as NaRS, SLSGB Beach LifeGuard awards and is the only official Training Centre in Wales U.K. Our Instructors have over 35 years coaching watersports to all ages abilities.