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Surf Instructor & Beach Lifeguard Course 2018

Do you have a keen interest in surfing? Do you want to work in the surf industry?

TurfnSurf will be delifvering the Further Education and Training Course Hub Surf Instructor & Beach Lifeguard courses for Sligo and Donegal. This course will help you improve your surfing ability from a very basic level to being ready to take the Irish Surfing Association (ISA) Level 1 Surf Instructor exam.

The course is aimed at people with an active interest in surfing and who want to qualify as a surf instructor with the ISA.

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Aim of the Surf Instructor Course

The aim of this course is to train candidates to become outdoor instructors, with recognised qualifications in Surf Instruction, Beach Life-guarding and Aquatic First Aid.

Learners are required to have a good level of personal fitness and must successfully complete a swimming test prior to interview process. Learners must achieve 400m in under 9 minutes to be considered for this course.
Learners are required to undergo an interview and must pass a Garda Vetting.


What's Required?

Where will the course be run?

There will be courses running in both Donegal (Bundoran) and Sligo. The Dongeal Surf instructor course will be conducted from TurfnSurf Lodge and Surf School in Bundoran, Co Donegal.


What is involved?

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will receive a Surfing Skills Instructor Level 1 - Irish Surf Association (ISA) Level 1 Surf Instructor Beach Lifeguard Assessment & Qualification Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) National Beach Lifeguard Qualification Aquatic First Aid & Cardiac First Reponse PHECC (Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council)
The Learner will also cover the following additional modules, Child Protection & Welfare in Sport, Environment Research Project, Group Management and Leadership.

To Apply

Application can be made directly through Further Education and Training Course Hub here


Course Content

Who are TurfnSurf?

TurfnSurf was established in 2006 and has been an approved Irish Surfing Association (ISA) surf school since then. We have 8 members of staff who have a Level 2 Surf Instructor qualification, along with the industry-wide recognised, Train the Trainer award.


TurfnSurf has delivered surf instructor and beach lifeguard courses in counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Dublin. Our staff have years of surfing knowledge and experience. We also have experience in delivering surf instructor courses in a staged and organised manner. Bundoran is an ideal location for learning to surf with a wide range of beach and reef breaks.


We aim to provide students with a high standard of training and want to see our students reach their best surfing ability.


Why Choose this Course?

This course is a natural choice for those who love the water and outdoors activities and want to pursue a sustainable career in an area that they love.

The adventure tourism sector is a growth industry in Ireland. Research carried out by Fáilte Ireland shows that over 85,000 overseas visitors engaged in water sports in Ireland each year with surfing among the fastest growing sports. There is also a growing market with large corporate employers and their employees partaking in weekend adventure activities as a break from the busy corporate life. For further details on the course, or to apply go here for the Donegal course, or here for the Sligo course.

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