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Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award

Outdoor Instructor Training

Surf Coach Safety & Rescue Award


Learn essential surf coach safety
Duration: 3 days
Minimum lifesaving prerequisite for adventure instructors
Location: Newquay Activity Centre HQ + Towan Beach

The Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award is specifically designed for outdoor water sport instructors looking to gain the required level of lifesaving expertise. If you’re thinking of becoming a surf coach, a SUP instructor, a coasteering guide or any other ocean-based adventure teacher; the Surf Coach Safety & Rescue Award will give you the skills and qualifications you need to safely and confidently lead customers in the water.


This course is the minimum lifesaving prerequisite for surfing, coasteering, bodyboarding, SUP and adventure instructors who will be responsible for taking groups into the sea.


Join us at Newquay Activity Centre for comprehensive instruction about core beach and sea safety techniques, first aid, surf rescues and life support. After a series of theory and practical sessions, you will have a thorough knowledge of surf coach safety, rescue scenarios, how to effectively assess physical condition and carry out the practical aspects of surf lifesaving.



This qualification will ensure you reach the essential level of lifeguarding proficiency required for entry-level surf and outdoor activity instructors. It can also be combined with the International Surf Association (ISA) coaching qualification for a comprehensive course in surf instruction ocean safety.


Course Prerequisites:

  • 16+ years old
  • Member of Surf Lifesaving GB (SLSGB)
  • Competent fitness levels

Check out our course combination week and complete your ISA Level 1 and Surf Coach Safety and Rescue course together for £600pp.




  • 200m swim non-stop in open water, attacking the surf on entry
  • 200m run in under one minute
  • 400m rescue board paddle


  • Board rescues of conscious and unconscious casualties
  • Management and rescues of suspected spinal injuries and movement of the casualties
  • Open water swimming and Peterson tube rescues 50-metres from
 the shore
  • Lifeguard signals and flags



Identification and management of the following conditions:

  • Head & spinal injuries
  • Choking
  • Bleeding
  • Sunburn
  • Fractures & 
  • Heat stroke, hypothermia & exhaustion
  • Cramp
  • Fainting & Shock
  • Strains & sprains
  • Insect bites
  • Eye injuries


  • CPR on all ages
  • Primary and secondary surveys on casualties
  • Recovery position, stabilisation and after care
  • Choking incidents on all ages
  • Airway assistance, choking and vomiting

Newquay Activity Centre takes ocean-based training awards seriously; we have the qualifications and experience to consistently maintain a high level of safety and enjoyment. We are a two-time Gold winner at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Gold award winner at the South West Tourism Awards. Our ocean-based instructor qualifications in Newquay are designed to help you thrive in a new and enjoyable career.


Our friendly and knowledgeable instructors are experienced in delivering coach qualifications in Cornwall whilst making them as informative and enjoyable as possible. All of our instructors are highly qualified and experienced in working with people from all backgrounds. We pride ourselves on inclusion and adapt our sessions to suit all ages and abilities. We’re not happy unless you’re happy, so book your ocean-based instructor qualification today for a new, enjoyable and rewarding career!



Our purpose-designed centre, conveniently located near Towan beach, is your one-stop shop for ocean adventure activities in Newquay. When you book with Newquay Activity Centre you get the care, attention, knowledge and feedback that you need.


On site we have hot outdoor showers, heated changing rooms, lockers, separate male and female toilets and clothing storage. We also have a hire centre for all of your needs after your session. Extend your day of ocean fun and check out our hire equipment.


Book online today or contact us via our online chat where our friendly team will be more than happy to answer your questions. Book tomorrow’s qualification today!



November 1st, 2nd & 3rd


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What’s Included

3 day Surf Coach Safety & Rescue Award
Classroom-based theory and beachside practical sessions
Fitness tests and rescue assessments
Life saving, life support and first aid skills
Free tea and coffee
Central Newquay location
Close to accommodation options
Free use of Rip Curl wetsuits, rash vests, rescue boards & rescue tubes
Heated changing rooms
Hot outdoor showers and separate male & female toilets
On-site storage and lock boxes for your valuables
Visiting with your dog? We have a selection of dog-friendly options to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun! Get in touch via our online chat to find out more today
Discount card for apres surf food and drink at local cafes and eateries
Customer discount at Newquay’s Rip Curl store (15%)

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