1 Week Morocco Surf Instructor Course


1 week Morocco Catered

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  • 17 Feb - 24 Feb 2018
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Overview

Gain your ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course & SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue in Morocco's surfing mecca, Taghazout.

For those looking to do things a little differently, we will be hosting a week-long combined training course, where you will train and qualify as a surf instructor, allowing you to work all around the world.

What to Expect

Spend a week in Morocco's original surf town, Taghazout. Expect epic waves, delicious food, excellent accommodation and facilities, all while gaining worldwide recognised qualifications. Your trainer, Dean Gough, has 25 years of experience in surf coaching, and is a certified ISA / Surfing GB presenter and SLSGB lifeguard trainer, so you're in good hands!

We will be staying at the incredible 'SOL Resort', a new eco friendly development in a pristine location by the beach. Their facilities include a newly stocked surf school with awesome range of surfboards, a gym and spa, two restaurants and their distinct 'beach bungalow' style accommodation. As well as all this, you're within easy reach of the town, and short stroll from your local beach break - Panoramas.

What's Included?

  • Airport transfers to / from Agadir
  • Shared single-sex accommodation at SOL House, in en suite 'Master House Cabanas
  • Breakfast each morning
  • 5 x packed lunches throughout the course
  • 5 evening meals at SOL Resort
  • All surf transport throughout the course
  • ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor course
  • SLSGB Surf Coach Saftey and Rescue course
  • All assessments and memberships included
  • Moutain bike hire for the duration of your stay
  • Visit to Paradise Valley
  • 1 x Sports Massage
  • Surf hire can be arranged if needed at an additional cost
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TimeLine

Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Arrival Day - 17th February 2018 1 Day

    Book your flights to Agadir, and we will be there to pick you up! From here it's a 30-40minute drive back to Taghazout where you will be introduced to the group and given a tour of SOL. Day 1 is all about settling in the camp, and preparing for the courses kicking off in the morning. Panoramas is a short walk away, so an evening surf is a must.

  • SLSGB Surf Coach Saftey and Rescue Award 3 Days

    This part of the course takes 3-days and will include lifeguarding skills, knowledge and rescues, as well as fitness tests and assessments. The assessments will take place in the pool at SOL, the sea and in the classroom. Expect a full day, kicking off after breakfast. The awesome catering team at SOL will ensure you're ready for the day ahead with a big breakfast and packed lunch for when on the go. 5 evening meals are also provided throughout the week so it's truely hassle free and you can focus on your course! Surf transport is also included throughout the training and assessment.

  • ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course 2 Days

    This section of the course takes two days, and also consists of theory and practical. You will be taught elements of delivering a surf lesson and coaching techniques. Your assessment will include proving you can run a structured surf lesson, as well as prove your skills are up to the standard required for a Level 1 coach. As with the Surf Coach rescue training, all logistics, meals, course materials and transport are provided.

  • No courses! 1 Day

    With all the assessments complete, time for a free day! This will include a half day of surfing, and a visit to Paradise Valley. All transport and guiding will be provided.

  • Departure Day - 24th February 2018 1 Day

    Book your international flight out of Agadir, and we will ensure that you're dropped at the airport in time. For those with evening flights, you're welcome to wait at SOL and get in your final surfs!

Qualifications

ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course

The International Surfing Association (ISA) set the standards for training as a surf instructor, and the ISA Level 1 is the most internationally recognised qualification which will allow you to work all over the world.

The course will consist of both theory and practical sessions. You will need to prove that you are at a standard of surfing that you can coach, as well as able to confidently deliver a surf lesson combining the theory, safety and practical elements.

Prior to the course, ensure you're able to paddle out back, pop up consistently and able to turn right and left on green waves.

Once you pass this week, you will need to gain 20 hours surf coach shadowing experience (about 10 surf lesson) at a surf school of your choice. After this you can send your paperwork to ISA to receive your full membership confirmation. You don't need to repeat the course, just pay your annual membership fee (about £70) to ISA. If you miss this deadline, you will need to requalify.

SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue

In order to work as a surf instructor, you must also hold a valid lifeguard award. There are a few option here. The SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue is designed for individuals wishing to work within the surf school industry. This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to carry out rescues, first aid and CPR if the situation arose.

There is no timed swim for this award but candidates must be able to run 200 meters in under 1 minute and be confident in the surf environment. The Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award is specific to surf instructors, it won't allow you to work as a beach lifeguard.

FAQs

Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) set the standards for training as a surf instructor, and the ISA Level 1 is the most internationally recognised qualification which will allow you to work all over the world.

The course will consist of both theory and practical sessions. You will need to proove that you are at a standard of surfing that you can coach, as well as able to confidently deliver a surf lesson combining the theory, saftey and practical elements.

Prior to the course, ensure you're able to paddle out back, pop up consistently and able to turn right and left on green waves.

As this course is just 1 week, you jump straight into the coaching and assessment, so you must arrive at a skill level ready to take this course.

Almost. Assuming you pass the assessment week, you just need to gain 20 hour surf coaching experience (about 10 surf lessons worth of shadowing) at your chosen school, you will need to arrange this experience. After the paperwork has been filled in, you simply send this to ISA to receive your membership. The cost of your membership is included in the course price.

In order to work as a surf instructor you also require a lifeguarding award, we have included this in the 1 week course (SLSGB Surf Coach & Safety and Rescue award). You will need to pass this element of the course as well in order to work as a surf instructor.

No. A full 5-day Surf Lifeguard award does include a timed swim, but the SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue course does not include a timed swim. There is however a timed run, where you will be required to run 200m in under one minute.

ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course: You simply pay a membership fee to ISA each year. You can do this online and costs around $150 USD. If you miss this deadline then you will have to retake the course.

SLSGB Surf Coach Saftey and Rescue Award: After you pass, the qualification is valid for 2 years, after this you must take a 'refresher' course every year. Without an in-date lifeguard qualification, you will not be able to work as a surf instructor. If you miss a refresher deadline, then there is a 3-month grace period where you can still take a refresher course, but cannot work as a surf instructor. A refresher course is shorter and cheaper than taking the full course for the first time.

  • International flights to / from Agadir airport (30mins from Taghazout, airport transfers are included on the start and end date of the trip)
  • Baggage fees for your surfboard. We can arrange hire at an additional cost if required (about £5 to £10 per item per day)
  • All breakfasts are included, as well as 5 lunches and 5 dinners. Any additional meals and beer money will be at your own expense.
  • Personal travel insurance

The ISA qualification is internationally recognised and the most widely accepted surf coaching qualification around the world.

Generally no, this is not easily available, but SOL does serve alcohol in their on-site restaurants. You can also purchase booze in specific supermarkets in the main city of Agadir (about 30 minutes from Taghazout), but isn't sold in local shops, bars and restaurants. Taghazout is considered a 'dry' town, but it is not illegal to consume alcohol. The best time to stock up is actually in the duty free!

Due to the influx of the surf culture and Western tourists, Taghazout is one of the most liberal Muslin countries. However, we do ask that everyone respects the local culture and customs. It's advised to cover up when in town, or in the busier areas. Shorts and T-Shirt will be fine, but bikinis and swimwear should be kept to the beaches.

We would reccomend a 3.2 wetsuit. Morocco boasts all year round sunshine, expect 20-30 degrees heat every day. Pack a couple of layers for when the temperatures cool in the evenings.

No, it's best to get cash out at the airport on arrival. The exchange rate is better once inside Morocco. There's ATMs at Agadir airport for this. Once in Taghazout village, the nearest ATMs are in Agadir (30min drive) so worth getting sorting on arrival.

In order to take the ISA you must be able to surf already, whereby you can get 'out back', duck dive, pop up consistently and trim the wave in both directions. Although we hope you pass first time, the assessors will be able to give second chances within the time contraints of the day.

However, if you're not yet competent, then you have 12 months to go away and re-train and re-take the course again with Dean. You can join any of his courses at home or abroad, whereby the ISA assessment wll be free of charge, but you will need to cover any other course, travel and accommodation costs. Alternatively, you can also send him a video of you surfing showing the required skill level and techniques, but ideally none of this is needed and you pass within the course dates.

If you're not yet competent, then Dean will allow you to be reassessed on another one of his courses with 12-months of this course date. The assessment will be free of charge if within this time limit, but all other costs will be at your own expense.

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