Combine an epic Sri Lankan surfing adventure with a serious qualification.
This 10 week surf instructor course and adventure through Sri Lanka is aimed at anyone who wants to become a surf instructor, experienced or not, whilst experiencing the beautiful island of Sri Lanka.
We will teach you the fundamentals of surfing, traveling from the East to West Coast of Sri Lanka, through the beautiful Hill Country, whilst getting you ready for your ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Award and Surf Lifeguard Qualification, which combined together enables you to work as an instructor around the world.
What to Expect
You’ll start things off on the East Coast at the world-famous Arugam Bay, embarking on your surfing journey riding the reeling, sand-bottom point breaks, learning the fundamentals, enjoying some of the longest waves of your life, whilst exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area by visiting the national park, lagoon tour etc.
You will spend the next section of the trip at the Ticket to Ride Surf House in Ahangama, on the South West Coast, focussing on imroving your surfing under the wings of a team of qualified and seriously experienced surf instructors led by ex-world tour surfer Nikita Robb as your head coach.
Halfway through the course, you slow down a little and head down the coast to surf and chill in hiriketya, followed by a week long tour of the beautiful Hill Country, stopping in Ella, Kandy and 'Adam's Peak'.
Once you’re back at the Surf House the surf training goes up a gear with daily coaching and feedback to prepare you for your ISA Level 1 Exam in week 9.
Your Course Presenter, Tim Jones of Surf Insight has vast experience in developing and delivering surf instructor courses in Sri Lanka and around the world, so you're in the best hands to learn from and gain your qualifications.
Tim has been surfing for over 50 years and coaching surfing for over 35 years. He has been delivering Surfing Instructor Courses for 26 years having began as a Trainer / Assessor for the British Surfing Association in 1991 and was National Coach for Wales.
After hopefully passing your instructor exams, the Ticket to Ride team will set you up interviews at the Ticket to Ride Surf School and Wavehunters Surf School in Cornwall, where you can start living the dream with the beach as your office! N.B. The itinerary will change depending on which course you book. If it's the October course you will start on the East Coast of Arugam Bay and make your way to the South West Coast, if it's the March course you start on the South West Coast and head East. This is due to the changing of the seasons. The inclusions of both courses remain the same.
Surf Camp Accommodation
Trip Leaders For Duration
Video Surf Analysis
All Surf Lessons
All Surf Transport
Additional Excursions And Activities
Surf Instructor Course
Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.
Week one will be spent on the East Coast at the world famous Arugam Bay, one of the most chilled out places on earth, embarking on your surfing journey riding the reeling, sand-bottom point breaks, learning the fundamentals of surfing and enjoying some of the longest waves of your life.
Surf, Surf, Surf!
For the next 4.5 weeks you will be based in our legendary Surf House in Ahangama, a stone’s throw from the ocean, surrounded by palm trees, with an array of epic surf spots right on our doorstep. Our base for the rest of the course.
South Coast Surf & Chill
Hill Country Tour
Once you’re back at the Surf House the surf training kick up a notch and you’ll be progressing your surfing even further, whilst preparing you for your ISA Level 1 Exam and Lifeguard Course in week 9.
ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course (2.5 days)
Wake up and meet the group for breakfast, before hitting the classroom (beach!) with Tim Jones and his team to undertake your 2.5-day ISA training course. Tim wil take you through all the learning modules and assessments, breaking for lunch back at the surf camp. The training day will round up in the late afternoon, then you can chill at the camp (we always have an amazing feast for dinner), check out the local scene, or head to Mirissa for an evening out!
ILS Water Safety Course (2.5 days)
After an epic 10 weeks exploring Sri Lanka, it's time to get out there and start coaching! For those heading back to the airport, we will arrange your transfers, and for those travelling on around Sri Lanka we will give you all our advice and for where to surf next.
What past riders say
Fun waves and the friendliest people - simply the best surf trip ever.Will Jessup
This was one of the best vacations of my life! Surfed a lot, met amazing people and there was a great atmosphere at the surf camp. Beautiful beach right in front of you and the surf camp is situated in a very authentic and local area. Max, Angie and Lee were amazing, ready to meet everybody's needs and create a friendly, chilled out and sparkling vibe.Elena De Besi
I had a great time in beautiful Sri Lanka, surfing in clear blue warm water and making new friends, shame it was all over too quickly!Pat Porter
Sri Lanka is beautiful with blue green sea, unspoilt beaches and perfect waves. Two weeks of paradise with amazing people, eating fantastic food and drinking arrack. Partying from sunset to sunrise...The surfing was pretty sick too. Thank you!Siobahn Hill
Sri Lanka - friendly and beautiful with the funnest waves! Great place to explore and build up confidence in the waterMari O'Connor
My trip to Sri Lanka was insane! The country is absolutely incredible, all of the people I met were super fun and friendly and my surfing ability has come on so much. I can't wait for my next Ticket to Ride Adventure!Ellen Rudge
Fantastic trip and a great atmosphere throughout the entire time. I’ve met so many great people on this trip, with whom I hope to stay in touch and reconnect in the future. I was lucky enough to be put in a single room, which was a bonus and made a huge difference to the overall experience. Great vibes at Sion Surf camp, amazing time and great staff there; their BBQs are legendary by now. Everything was well organised before the trip and during the entire stay, and Max and Josh made sure everything went smooth, were very responsive to anything we have raised with them, or whenever we have asked any questions and also well connected with our group. It was quite intense first two weeks, packed with yoga, surf, and more surf, but in a good sense. I loved that we could see our videos and photos from each day trip and see our progress and receive feedback. I have never had that before in any of my surf trips (even organised ones) and it really makes a huge difference to improve, if you can see yourself and get a feedback on your surfing. Also Olly and Rodger our local surf instructors were very nice and wanted to ensure we had fun and catching waves, even when the swell was small. I can say the same about Fasal from Arugambay, who gave us very useful tips before each session. It was definitely one of my best surf trips, I somehow magically managed to progress to much shorter board, I thought it would take me another two years to ride! It was a great holiday, one of the best.Irena Miroforidu
Sri Lanka, a stunning country to learn to surf in! Perfect for beginners, and intermediates, and made all the more special by a great coaching team of Josh David and Max! Don’t think about it! DO IT!!Lisa
The best way to sum up TTR trips is 'good vibes'. From the surf instructors, yoga, camp staff and the weird and wonderful people you meet on the trip, the good vibes are always flowing. Couldn't recommend a TTR trip more if you want to improve your surf, practice yoga, explore a stunning new country and drink local beers with awesome like-minded people along the way.Ellen
Loved the trip, first surfing experience abroad to remember. Can't speak highly enough of Josh as an instructor and general organiser of daily activities as well as David and the Sion instructors. Will definitely be back to sri lankaElin
A meal in Sri Lanka can range from as little as £1 for a simple rice or curry, while a fresh tuna steak and a large Lion beer will set you back about £7. Your breakfast is included daily and evening meals are whilst we are based at the Surf House and lunch is included at Arugam Bay, so you don't have to worry too much about budgeting for your food.
To pass the Surf Instructor course, you need the essential surf skills and fitness levels to gain the qualification. You must complete a timed swim of 200m completed in less than 5 minutes to prove your water fitness is strong enough.
For your surfing, you must be able to paddle out back and duck dive when needed, pop-up consistently on green waves and perform basic maneuvers, turning both left and right.
We will work on all of this through the course.
Everyone traveling to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Visit www.eta.gov.lkfor more information.
Travelers who have completed the recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccination and arriving after 2 weeks of completion of vaccination will be considered as fully vaccinated travelers. Any vaccination type accepted by the country of origin is acceptable.
A fully vaccinated traveller must book a 24 hours stay at a Certified Safe & Secure L1 hotel until the on-arrival PCR test is performed.
Upon a negative result from this test on arrival (Day 1) PCR test report, vaccinated travelers can leave the hotel and the respective Safe & Secure L1 Hotel doctor will issue a “Discharge Document” upon verifying the status of vaccination and PCR test results.
If you are unvaccinated you must spend stay at a Certified Safe & Secure L1 hotel/s for the first 15 days of the visit and undergo an on-arrival PCR test, followed by a 2nd PCR (Exit PCR) on Day 14.
So essentially it is easy to enter if you are fully vaccinated, and expensive and long if you are not.
All information on Level 1 Safe and Secure Hotels can be found here: https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Of course! The vast majority of people on any of our trips come alone, as it is a great way to meet people and do the holiday you want.
After you pass the course, you have the qualification for 2 years. After this time you will need to take a 'refresher' course. This is shorter and cheaper than the full course and is designed to refresh your skills and update you on new methods and techniques. After this, you're required to take a Refresher course every 2-years. Should you miss any of these deadlines then you will be requied to take the full course again.
They are widely recognised and respected, allowing you to work all around the world as long as both your ISA and Lifesaving qualifications are in date.
After your course you are required to gain 20 hours surf coach shadowing experience with a surf school. We can help arrange these hours in Sri Lanka immediately after your course week, or you're welcome to arrange this yourself somewhere else.