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TurfnSurf Instructor Course 11th September 2017

Do you have a keen interest in water-sports and particularly surfing? Do you want to work in the surf industry?

We have developed a surf instructor course which 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 course contains 9 distinct modules which will bring you from a basic level of surfing ability and knowledge to a point where you will be ready to take the ISA Surf Instructor’s exam.

When will it take place?

We are running this course for 9 weeks starting on Monday 11 September 2017.

The course will run from Monday to Friday each week from 9.30am to 1.30pm.


Where will the course be run?

The surf instructor course will be conducted from TurfnSurf Lodge and Surf School in Bundoran, Co Donegal.


What is involved?

The course will be broken down into 9 modules, which will bring you through surfing white waves to surfing along the shoulder of a green wave. The course will not just include learning to surf but also surf etiquette, equipment management and the surf industry. The course will also include Stand-up Paddle-boarding (SUP) where conditions allow.

Surf instructor rescueSummary of the Surf Instructor Course:

Module 1: Introduction to Equipment

Module 2: Moving and Storing Equipment

Module 3: Pop-up and White Water Waves

Module 4: Unbroken Green Waves

Module 5: Conditions and Forecasting

Module 6: Etiquette

Module 7: Land Drill

Module 8: Structure of the Irish Surf Industry

Module 9: SUP (Theory & Practical)


Cost of Course

The course will cost €950 with a €200 deposit to be paid on registering, and the remainder of half, to be paid 2 weeks before the commencement date of the course. The remaining half must be paid by the third week of the course.

In the last week of the course there is an option to pay €320 extra to sit the IWS beach lifeguard course. Generally your instructor will advise you if your standard is good enough to attempt the exam.


Frequently Asked Questions…

Q: Is all equipment provided?

A: TurfnSurf will supply booties, gloves, hoods and winter 5/3 wet suits for all sessions.


Q: What type of surf boards can we expect to use?

A: To start with foam boards will be used for beginner white water lessons. As the course progresses we will move on to hard boards for unbroken green waves. These are all provided as part of the course.


Q: Do I need to be able to swim?

A: Basic level of swimming is a prerequisite of the course. Two lengths of a 25 meter pool nonstop is sufficient for starting the course.


Q: Will I be able to surf by the end of the course?

A: Yes! The level of improvement on the course is really down to your own level of commitment. Most people grasp the basics of surfing within 2 weeks so by the end of this course you will hopefully be able to surf like a pro (well you will surf proficiently).


Q: Will I be living with other people on the course?

A: Yes the house share is for people on the course.


Q: What are the payment terms?

A: Half of the cost must be paid to secure your place 2 weeks before the commencement date. The remaining half must be paid on the Monday of the third week.


Q: What qualifications does the course give me?

A: The course is designed to prepare you for the level 1 surf assessment of the Irish Surfing Association’s Surf instructor course and the IWS beach lifeguard.  However, the course itself does not give you a formal qualification as only the authorising bodies can do this (i.e. the ISA or the IWS).


Q: How do I get the Level 1 Surf Instructor?

A: TurfnSurf will arrange a level one surf instructor course with Irish Surfing Association. This is dependent on reaching a reasonable standard to pass the level one surf instructor assessment.


Q: How do I become an IWS Beach Lifeguard?

A: TurfnSurf will run an IWS beach lifeguard award during the last two weekends of the course. This is an additional cost of €320.


Q: Do I need to be Garda vetted to do the course?

A: No you do not need to be Garda vetted to do this course. However you do need to be Garda vetted to work in the outdoor industry.


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.

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