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.

The course will train instructors to deliver Surfing and Adventure Activities so that they are employable and competent in this area while also improve their personal effectiveness and job seeking skills so as to enable them to obtain or retain employment in the outdoor activities area.


  • Education: Junior Certificate Level or equivilant with Pass in English
  • Aptitude: Reading, Writing. Junior Cert standard of literacy and Mathematics. Basic Computer Literacy (Word, Email, Internet Proficiency) preferred. Good communication skills, good ability for teamwork; outgoing, demonstrative; cheerful personality. Strong Swimming Ability. Good level of personal fitness. Swimming test prior to interview for programme - 400m in under 9 minutes.
  • Previous Experience: Preferred - any experience of team-based outdoor pursuits- Scouting, Guides, Gaisce Award, Preferred - experience of surfing, swimming, membership of sports clubs, teams, Preferred - experience working with youth groups: NYP, Foroige, Summer Camps,


Title Award Awarding Body
National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ) Royal Life Saving Society UK
Induction - Short Course -H  
Surfing Skills Basic Surf Instructor1 (SURFInst1) Irish Surfing Association
Career Planning & Job Seeking Skills  
Outdoor Surf And Lifeguard Instructor Integrated Workplace Training  
Surfing Skills Instructor Level 1 Basic Surf Instructor1 (SURFInst1) Irish Surfing Association
Life-Guarding Skills  
Aquatic First Aid & Emergency Response  
Work Experience- Surf Instructor And Beach Lifeguard  
Adventure Activities  


Outline the training location's safety guidelines, rules/regulations, and the course objectives and certification
Surf competently and safely to a recognized standard which facilitates progression to the Surf Instructor Training and assessment module.
Swim competently and safely in pool and beach locations to a recognised standard which facilitates progression to the National Beach Lifeguard Qualification. Undertake rescue training to a recognised standard which facilitates progression to the National Beach Lifeguard Qualification.
Achieve certification for the RLSS National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (RLSS)
Provide First Aid when necessary and hold a nationally recognised First Aid Certificate in Aquatic First Aid and Cardiac First Response (PHECC)
To work as an entry level Surf/Outdoor Activity Instructor under normal operational conditions in an outdoor activity centre.
understand the role of adventure activities in outdoor recreation programmes and have a range of practical skills for delivering adventure based activities
Instruct Introductory Surfing Skills to novices on beach breaks & foam beginner boards and achieve the ISA Level 1 Surfing Instructor Certificate.
Plan and achieve realistic work goals.
demonstrate their skills, knowledge and competence in a workplace environment.