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Combine an epic Sri Lankan surfing adventure with a serious qualification!

This 6 week Surf Instructor Course and Adveture is aimed at those who can surf a bit and want to become a surf instructor, but feel they just aren't ready. We will get you ready as we take you on the surfing experience of a lifetime, whilst getting you prepared 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

The first three weeks are spent in training mode... recieiving top coaching five days per week with our top team of coaches in the balmy Indian Ocean, a stones throw from the Surf House.

The fourth and final week of your surf coaching takes you to the East Coast where you will hone your new found skills on the World Famous right hand point breaks of Arugam Bay.

The final week before your Instructor and Lifeguard course itself is spent traveling through the Hill Country, enabling your body and mind to take a little rest from all the surfing, whilst you soak up the beauty on offer in land.

This really is the full Sri Lankan experience, while gaining internationally recognised qualifications.

Your Course Presenter, Tim Jones | Surf Insight: It's fair to say that given Tim's vast experience in developing and delivering surf instructor courses in Sri Lanka and around the world, 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.

What's Included

  • Airport Transfers

  • Breakfast

  • Surf Camp Accommodation

  • Trip Leaders For Duration

  • Yoga Sessions

  • Video Surf Analysis

  • All Surf Lessons

  • All Surf Transport

  • Surf Hire

  • Additional Excursions And Activities

  • Weekly Coaching

  • Surf Instructor Course

Trip Timeline

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

  • Welcome to Sri Lanka

    Upon arrival you will be greeted at the airport by your Trip Leader and other riders, before travelling by private transfer tot he surf house in Ahangama, where you'll get checked and settled in, followed by a delicious welcome curry.

  • Surf, Surf, Surf!

    For the first three weeks you will be based in our legendary Surf House in Ahangama. You will start your three week surf course on the Sunday at 6am! Expect daily surf coaching, yoga exploring, excurisions and some unforgetable feasts.

  • Arugam Bay

    On your third week you will head East to Arugam Bay, one of the most chilled out places on earth and you’ll settle in just fine... Improve your surfing day in, day out and reap the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga. Make the most of your surfing down time by discovering Sri Lanka's flavourful food, welcoming people and timeless ruins. Arugam Bay is home to one of the best right-hand pointbreaks, an incredible place to hone your surfing skills before your ISA Level 1 Course starts.

  • Hill Country Tour

    This week is about relaxion physically and mentally, before your surf instructor course starts. We travel in-land from 'A Bay' to explore the incredible 'Hill Country', including Ella, Kandy and Adams Peak, visiting tea plantations, monesteries, temples, climbing the famous 5,000ft Sri Pada pilgrimage and receiving a much needed traditional ayurvedic massage. On the final night, we will still be aching from climbing all 5,500 steps at Adam's Peak, so a big Sri Lankan curry will be much needed, followed by a couple of cold Lion Beers. In the morning we head South, back to Ahangama for the Instructor Course.

  • 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)

    Straight after your ISA training, your Water Safety training will kick off for 2.5-days. This will be a mixture of theory and practical, learning the essential life saving skills required to work as a surf instructor.

  • Celebration!


    The course is over and you can catch your breath! This is a good chance to ask any final questions to the training team, and get all your work signed off. With the day to spare, this is the perfect time to unwind and get some waves. We will be sure to have a final feast for the whole crew!

  • Departures :(

    After an epic 6 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 recommendations for where to surf next.

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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.

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, 20 evening meals are included (whilst we are based at the Surf House for 4 weeks) and lunch is included at Arugam Bay (1 week), 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.

Prior to attending a course, participants must have completed a timed swim of 200m completed in less than 5 minutes in a pool no shorter than 25m in order 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.

Everyone traveling to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Visit www.eta.gov.lkfor more information.

Before you leave for Sri Lanka, please go and see either your local GP or travel surgery and explain where you are going, so that you can be vaccinated accordingly. It is important to do this is good time and we would suggest sorting this 3 or 4 weeks before you leave. For more information, please check out the following websites:

Fit for Travel - www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and The World Health Organisation – www.who.int.

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for Sri Lanka. However, the following vaccinations are recommended: Typhoid (monovalent), Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies. The health risks in Sri Lanka are different to those encountered in Europe and North America. Watch out for bowel diseases such as diarrhoea and amoebic dysentery, vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and a variety of fungal infections. Sri Lanka’s physicians are very experienced in dealing with locally occurring diseases.

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. 

Your first year's ISA (International Surfing Association) Membership is included in the course fee. You must ensure you pay your membership annually (directly to ISA via their website) in order to hold a valid qualification and membership with ISA. If you miss this deadline, you may be required to take the course again.

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.

Flights need to be booked into Colombo International airport, which is also known as Bandaranaike and Katunayake airport. There are direct flights with Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow to Colombo airport.

The transfer to Ahangama (from Colombo) is around 2 hours, so your flight can arrive anytime that day and we will run several transfers throughout the day to accommodate everyone. Same goes for the return journey.

None! Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise where wetsuits aren't required, just don’t forget your swim wear and plenty of sun cream! You're required to bring your own surfboard for the course. We can help arrange hire if required.

Early starts and early finishes ;)

  • 6am - Coffee
  • 6:15 am - Surf Lesson
  • 9am - Breakfast
  • 10am - Analysis and Theory
  • 11am - Surf Yoga
  • Midday - Break
  • 3pm - Guided Surf Session
  • 5pm - Happy Hour
  • 7pm - Dinner
  • 10pm - Bar closed / music off

You will surf for 20 full days, spread over 5 days per week. This will include a mixture of surf lessons, guided surfs, theory classes and video analysis. 

Straight from the surf