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The last 2 months have been exceedingly productive and successful for the Newquay Activity Centre, we not only won Silver at the South West Tourism Awards, and maintained our 100% ranking on Tripadvisor, but we were inundated with positive media coverage.

Here is a smorgasbord of our awards, ceremonies, media snippets, quotes, articles and editorials.

South West Tourism Awards

We were over the moon to win Silver at the South West Tourism Awards for the second year running, which was based on outstanding feedback from a mystery shopper experience at the Newquay Activity Centre. The award ceremony was held in Bristol in early February, and key staff members Hannah Adams  and Aaron Parsons were there to gratefully collect the award. 

The Daily Telegraph

We were over-joyed to feature in the 50 Great British Holiday ideas in the Daily Telegraph. Our Heritage Coasteer and Super SUP really caught the imagination. 

The Dorset Echo

Nick Horton a journalist from the Daily Telegraph, and his 3 children (aged 19, 16 and 13) enjoyed their first ever surfing lesson down at Fistral beach, and great day out in Newquay last Spring.

“My eldest son was up and running within minutes, thanks to previous surfing experience in Australia, and my youngest boy was showing huge progress, thanks to Karl’s (the instructor) enthusiasm and encouragement. Catching a wave, paddling and getting upright, they both managed to make it look so easy and effortless. My daughter seemed to enjoy the falling off bit the best and retired worn out with laughing after about an hour or so. My aching and ageing limbs kept on going for more than two hours before exhaustion caught up with me. It was a truly memorable experience and we all slept soundly that night.” Nick Horton

Chat Magazine

Chat Magazine ran a cool holiday feature titled 6 reasons to visit Newquay. And in at number 5 was the Newquay Activity Centre.

“There is no better place to master the board – and the town is packed with surfer dudes eager to teach you how. The pros at the Newquay Activity Centre will have you standing up in no time.”

Men’s Health

Among there 80 adrenaline fuelled escapades, our “Surfs SUP” very favourably…

“Supersized stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is the best way to take in the geological beauty of the Cornish Coastline, and get a decent upper body workout in the process.” 

Newquay Voice

Following our South West Tourism awards win, the Newquay Voice wrote a wonderful article about what we’re doing here in Newquay.

“Excellence is elusive. It takes creativity, commitment, investment and persistence to achieve. Standards have to be maintained for every guest, in all situations and at all hours of everyday. Achieving excellence is one thing, but maintaining it in a world of ever rising expectations is an even greater challenge” Robin Barker, Services for Tourism                 

Yahoo Style – Travel blogger

Ellie Ross a talented and well respected travel blogger tried her hand at one of our coasteers. She said that the experience exceeded her every expectation.…

 Lonely Planet

We were also lucky enough to have an intrepid travel writer from the Lonely Planet visit us for a surf lesson. By all accounts she thoroughly enjoyed her lesson and is eager to come back for more. Watch this space for her write up in the Lonely Planet guide.

As the CEO of the Newquay Activity Centre, I would like to say a huge thank you to all staff members, because without their dedication, passion, energy and most of patience with me, we couldn’t have achieved half of this. And also a huge thank you to all of our customers too, as without you none of this is possible. We hope to see you again for more action and adventure at the NAC.

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What is this course?

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has teamed up with Surf Life Saving Association (SLSA) Wales and Surf Life Saving (SLS) GB to develop a new national standard for beach lifeguarding.

The NVBLQ complies with the International Life Saving Federation beach competency framework. It will be offered by all three organisations and is endorsed by the National Water Safety Forum and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The NVBLQ will be recognised and promoted by RLSS UK, SLS GB, SLSA Wales as the national standard for vocational beach lifeguarding and is the preferred award of the RNLI.

The NVBLQ course is a minimum of 40 hours long followed by a practical assessment on beach theory, life support, first aid, swimming pool practical and open water practical.

Upon qualifying with the NVBLQ, the certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.

How much is it?


(Additional accommodation packages available £POA.)

What are the dates?

NEXT COURSE : May 22nd – 26th 2017

Who is running the course?

Mark Kelly will be heading up this training course..

Mark is a multi qualified, highly experienced and active practitioner in both land and water sports, delivering coaching, guiding, instructing and training in several disciplines. Mark is also a trainer and assessor of Beach Lifeguarding and first aid qualifications for both The Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) and Surf Lifesaving Great Britain.(SLSGB)

Who is allowed to take part?

NVBLQ Course Pre-Requisites

Every candidate attending a NVBLQ course must:

  • Be 16-years-old or over at the time of the assessment
  • Have a good level of fitness
  • Surface dive to a depth of 1.5 metres
  • Tread water for two minutes
  • Climb out of deep water unaided and without steps
  • Be competent at swimming in the sea
  • Be able to swim 400m in less than eight minutes

What will be the next steps when the course is complete?

On successful completion and assessment you will meet the pre – requisites to apply directly to the RNLI and other international lifeguarding bodies to work on their beaches. This award also validates many National Governing Body awards such as ISA  Level 1 Surf Coach and many more. It is also a requirement of many private beaches, hotels and water safety companies. The NVBLQ opens a lot of doors and is  very much a passport for fun, travel and a serious career for those passionate about the ocean and saving lives.

How to book?

Call 01637 877722 to book your place now.

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The British Army Surf Team are crowned the 2017 Combined Services Champions

In a David and Goliath like fairytale, the British Army Surf Team deservedly won the 2017 Combined Services Surf Championship, for the first time in their history!

Founded in 1999, the British Army Surfing team has traditionally been the smallest of the Tri Services (Army, Navy & Air force) teams, in terms of its membership. However, hard work and dedication from the surfers, coaches and support team saw them pull off a well-deserved yet unexpected victory against their bigger bitter rivals.

“…right up until the awards ceremony we had no idea we were the overall winners …everyone was ecstatic, it was a magical moment”  Al Sharmers, Army Bodyboarder

“It was amazing to see how chuffed everyone was, and not just those at the championship but past and present members unable to attend, who passed on their heart felt messages of congratulations and gratitude”.  Lt Col Jim Dufty, Army Bodyboarder

Held at Penhale in Cornwall, the Tri Service Championships was divided into four divisions (Open, Bodyboard, Women’s and Longboard) and contested over two days. Day one saw the Bodyboard and Open divisions compete in tough overhead conditions, with the Army’s Steve ‘the spin doctor’ Nicholson and Josh Hughes finishing 2nd in their respective events. Steve combined two incredible 360 spins and an El Rollo to secure his place on the podium. Josh’s signature power surfing style scored highly and he was unlucky not to win the Open.

On day two the conditions couldn’t have been any better for the Longboard and Women’s division with perfect 3-4ft waves and a light offshore wind. Though the Army were unlucky not to make the women’s final, they made up for this disappointment with three finalists, out of four, in the Longboard division. Josh Hughes and Mark Spencer took out 1st and 2nd in style. The overall standings read: Army 1st with 7883 points and the Royal Navy and RAF with 7578 and 6922 respectively.

Though unexpected to many, the Army’s victory was actually no coincidence, and down to rigorous preparation prior to the event.  Following the Army’s own Surf Championships, where the winners were selected to compete in the Combined Services Championships. The team underwent an intensive training program with the Newquay Activity Centre. The NAC whose coaches include former British no.1s Rob Barber (bodyboarder) and Johnny Fryer (surfer) delivered key training for the team. Each discipline followed a structured program with close quarter coaching in and out of water, and video analysis. Everyone on the team really benefitted from the expert coaching and guidance, in particular, how to surf contest heats, what judges are looking for, when to execute manoeuvres, and improved positioning to become a faster, more aggressive surfer.

“The training really paid off, the team went into the competition with a game plan and confidence, and this showed throughout the heats.” Lt Col Jim Dufty, Army Bodyboarder

“I really enjoyed coaching the Army last week. The surf was solid and it’s not often I get to coach surfers that are comfortable in those conditions. The team was determined, motivated and there was some really impressive surfing”. Johnny Fryer, Head Surf Coach at the NAC.

Riding high on this wave of confidence and looking to build on their first victory, The Army Surf Team and Newquay Activity Centre are eager to bring all riders up to a competitive standard, and are already in preparation for the next event in May, where the team are off to Australia to compete against the RAF Wave Riders and the Australian Defence Force teams.

From everyone here at the Newquay Activity Centre we’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the Army Surf Team winning the Combined Services Championship, it was well deserved, and you’ve made us very proud!

For further information about the Adventurous Training services that Newquay Activity Centre offer to the Tri-Services please take a look and then contact us to book in!

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We’re not afraid of some wind and rain! If the waves are good, your lesson will go ahead. The only time we will cancel a lesson is if sea-related conditions are too dangerous to learn in.

Surfers are hardy souls, once you’ve caught the bug you’ll want to practice as much as possible. With the kit and core skills, you can get in the water at any time of year!

When should we book a lesson?

Winter is a bit colder, but it’s a great time of year for surfing. Winter storms out to sea create ground swells that travel in towards our coastlines and turn into some of the best quality waves of the year. Bad weather doesn’t always mean bad waves, and this still applies when our British summers get a bit grey!

At the beginning of every session, we’ll provide you with the correct kit for the time of year, to make sure you’re protected from the weather and will enjoy catching waves. These will include:

  • A wetsuit
  • A foam surfboard or bodyboard
  • Neoprene booties, gloves and hoods in the winter

If you’re coasteering, you’ll also be given:

  • A helmet
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Second shortie wetsuit for protection

Remember you’ll be getting wet in the sea anyway, so a bit of rain will just add to the fun!

How qualified are your instructors?

All of our coaches are fully qualified beach lifeguards, surf, bodyboard and coasteering coaches who have years of personal experience in the water. It takes passion to be a professional coach and as part of the Newquay Activity Centre crew, they are continuously trained and tested in all weather and sea conditions. Our teams are prepared for all situations and we work closely with the RNLI to ensure your safety both in and out of the water.

How do I book a session? 

Take a look at our website and see which activities you’d like to try. There are so many options to choose; from 1-1 private surfing lessons to super stand up paddle boarding group coasteers.

Make an enquiry through our website or give us a ring and we’ll provide you with the availability and details. We work around the tide to ensure we provide the best sessions during the safest parts of the day, so give our team your preferred time and we’ll check it then and there for you.

Where to check the weather before booking your lesson 

Easter is just around the corner, so take a look on the BBC Weather website if you want to check the weather before booking a session. You can also find the surf report and forecast before you arrive, so check out Magic Seaweed and you’ll find swell, wind and weather predications for Newquay’s beaches.

Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities and we will only cancel lessons if conditions are dangerous. If this is the case, you’ll be given a full credit note valid for a full year and we will rearrange your session!

If you’re worried or unsure about the weather having booked a session, give us a call on 01637 877722.

Alternatively, you can check out our Terms and Conditions

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We kicked off our season of Surfing Weekends and it couldn’t have been much better! March is a fantastic time to head to Newquay for some surfing, it’s a month with consistent swell and low crowds and the feel of spring is certainly in the air.

Surfing lessons Newquay
The crew gather for a group shot before surfing Towan Beach

We had a dedicated crew of surfers join us and some from as far afield as Holland with the aim of improving their riding over the two days in a relaxed but productive environment. Head Surf Coach at the Newquay Activity Centre Surf School and 3 Time National Champion Johnny Fryer led the weekend helping everyone work on specific elements of their surfing. We had a broad range of abilities from intermediate surfers to beginners. With the help of experienced instructors and a media team providing video and photo analysis, the group made some amazing improvements across the board.

Surfing tuition
Head Surf Coach Johnny Fryer gives a little demo!
Learning to surf Newquay
Terina Thomas works on her bottom turn.

Why is surfing in Newquay becoming so popular all year round we hear you ask. We have identified 5 reasons why this addictive sport should not only make it onto your bucket list but is something that should become a part of your lifestyle for good!

  1. Surfing In Newquay is Perfect for All Abilities

Whether you are a seasoned shredder or completely new to the sport, surfing in Newquay has something for everyone. We are spoilt for choice with an array of beautiful sandy beaches in Cornwall and Newquay with varying conditions and types of waves. For example if Fistral Beach is too big and blown out you can walk five minutes from our centre to the sheltered Towan Beach. It’s amazing just how different the conditions are on the other side of the headland!

Towan Beach Newquay
An example of Towan Beach on a day when Fistral Beach is blown out!
  1. Prepare to Get Addicted!

The feeling of catching your first wave is like nothing else. Adrenaline fuelled and serotonin boosting, surfing has it all. By the time you have nailed getting to your feet on a wave you just want to learn everything else. With expert coaching you’ll soon be perfecting your pop up, tweaking turns and smashing manoeuvrers! This might sound far-fetched but you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish with instruction and dedicated water time. Once you’ve tried surfing, we can guarantee you will want to do it again and again and again!

Surf Lesson Newquay
Carla from Plymouth celebrates shortly after claiming her first green wave of the weekend!
Surfing Cornwall
Sunset surfs in Cornwall are something you’ve got to try!
  1. Surfing in Cornwall – A Truly Unique Experience

We might not have tropical temperatures but without doubt do have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Even on a damp and dreary day Cornwall can look spectacular. To get outside amongst the elements in such an incredible place is unique and in a world of screens and work stresses provides the perfect remedy for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. We’ve held surf lessons with dolphin visits, stunning sunsets and aqua marine waters on summer days. Surfing in Newquay and Cornwall is a real eye opener!

Newquay Cornwall
Fistral Beach in Newquay turns into a beautiful paradise when the sun shines.
  1. Making Friends in The Real World is All the Rage

Forget Facebook, Tinder and WhatsApp. We’ve come up with a revolutionary idea to help people make friends and socialize in the real world! Ok, so it’s nothing that new but being stuck in the world of social media is something that we are all guilty of. Sometimes it’s easier to chat online rather than go out but we’ve found a simple way of connecting with like-minded folks on our surf coaching weekends. We have teamed up with the awesome Ocean Surf Lodge for our events. This laid back and cosy surf lodge is an ideal place for the whole crew to chill out together. We shared a few beers with some lovely food and even watched the rugby. It was a perfect refuge to warm up and refuel after each session whilst watching video of the group in action. At the end of the day you can’t beat regaling with a few surf and adventure tales and a cold beer or two of course!

Surf Lessons Newquay
The crew warm up with a coffee and some classroom tuition with Johnny Fryer back at Ocean Lodge.
Surfing in Cornwall or abroad will soon become part of your schedule!
  1. Starting Your Surfing Journey

Before you cringe and click off, we’re not going to tell you about finding yourself in the ocean! What we mean by a surfing journey is what you can do after that first surf lesson or coaching weekend. The sky’s the limit once those initial skills are honed in. We want you to keep surfing and keep learning and that is the idea with our surf coaching weekends. Even a three-time champion like Johnny Fryer watches his video footage and eyes improvement for the next time. Surfing opens the door to a lifetime addiction that can lead to many adventures and epic memorable sessions. We offer some incredible surf coaching holidays abroad to Morocco and California and believe this is the next step after a coaching weekend in Newquay. Developing your surfing in perfect weather with perfect waves whilst dipping into a new culture is something every surfer should experience at least once!

Surfing California
Walks to the beach at California are kind of epic!

We can’t wait for our next surf coaching weekend here in Cornwall! Follow us on social media to keep up to date with our events in Newquay and around the world! If you want to book a surf lesson or coaching weekend don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01637 877722.

Thank you to Ocean Surf Lodge for being such awesome hosts and many thanks to The Boardroom and Rip Curl stores for providing some fantastic goodies.

Check out some more images from the weekend below taken by our resident photographer Aaron Parsons.

Surfing in Newquay
Walter from the Netherlands surfs with style!
Surfing kit
The crew check out The Boardroom in Newquay and all their lovely kit!
Surf kit
Johnny Fryer talks boards in The Boardroom.
Surf shop
Johnny Fryer takes a look at some different models in The Boardroom.
Surfing Lessons Cornwall
Tom drops in on his biggest wave of the weekend!
Surfing in Newquay
Laurence who only took up surfing a few years ago after moving down to Cornwall from the Big Smoke takes on a nice little green wave.
Surf instructor Newquay
Johnny Fryer admired Laurence’s story and was really impressed with his progression over the two days and awarded him with most improved rider. Laurence bagged himself some goodies from The Boardroom and Rip Curl store!
Surfing lessons Newquay
Walter works on his bottom turn at Towan Beach.
Surf School Newquay
Laurence caught wave after wave during the second session after taking on board Johnny’s tips and tuition.
Surfing wipeout
Pete Bolton travelled all the way from Edinburgh and showed vast improvements over the two days. However we couldn’t help but show this wave. How he manages to perform a Kung Fu kick on a surf board God only knows.
Surf School Newquay
Sometimes classroom tuition is the best time to perfect those techniques when learning to surf.
Surf tuition Newquay
Johnny Fryer demonstrates his surfing technique in the classroom.
Surfing Newquay
Terina got stuck in to many waves during the weekend and is ready to start busting some manoeuvrers any day now!

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By avoiding crowds, by increasing the quantity and decreasing the quality and by being decisive with the waves that you are going for, you will increase the number of waves that you catch during a surfing session.

If you are going to wait for the bigger waves, always be decisive with the waves that you have the chance to catch and be sure not to miss them. Give it 110%.

Increasing your wave count obviously has a lot of benefits. You’ll have more fun because you’ll spend more time actually surfing as opposed to sitting around on your board. If its winter, you’ll be able to stay warmer by keeping busy. You’ll be able to learn new techniques and moves quicker by having a quick succession of waves, and you’ll get fitter much quicker too!

Here’s a few ways to increase your wave count.

1. Don’t always follow the crowd. Watch the waves before you paddle out, and especially look for any less crowded or empty peaks further down the beach. The waves might just as good or better and you could have them all to yourself.

2. You don’t always have to wait for the set waves. On beach breaks especially, the small/medium waves are more frequent, and sometimes just as good.

3. If you do decide to wait for the set waves, be patient and wait you turn in the pack. When it’s your turn make sure you look confident, decisive and committed to that wave. If not, other surfers will sense your hesitation and assume priority.

4. ‘Turn and go’. You don’t always have to paddle all the way out before you can start looking for waves. If you’re half way out and a good looking wave comes then quickly ‘turn and go’ for it.

5. Not having much luck? Try paddling off to a new peak down the beach somewhere. Sometimes a different peak with a new crowd of surfers can in some ways re-set you session and you might get start to find a few waves. If you’re not catching much anyway, you’ve got nothing to lose.

Join us for a surf coaching weekend or surf coaching holiday and see your surfing sky rocket!

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There is no one best tide to surf in Newquay. In fact, because this surf city is blessed with 7 great surfing beaches, you can find rideable waves at all stages of tide (low, mid & high tide), and in a variety of different swell sizes, wind directions, and over sandbars that are ever changing on its long sandy beaches that boast a large 7.7 metre tidal range.

Instead, the key is to understand the conditions of any given day and know exactly which of the seven beaches and on what tide the waves are best. This is no easy feat, and if new to surfing we suggest taking a lesson with a reputable and experienced surf school like the Newquay Activity Centre who can point you in the right direction and have you surfing the best waves at the right beach, and on the right tide.

However, that’s not to say there aren’t useful rules of thumb about the tides, at least when learning to surf. At low tide waves are often steeper, more powerful and tend to close out, culminating in a situation where it is difficult to stand up on the board, and where rides are short in length. Similarly, right on high tide the waves tend to ‘dump’ on the shoreline, meaning short, steep dangerous rides, and where you’ll find yourself with sand in parts you didn’t know sand could get.

So a competent surfing school will aim to take you surfing on a pushing tide, from just after low tide until mid tide or from mid tide until just before high tide. And vice-versa, if the tide is on its way out, then the school will have you surf just after high tide until mid tide or from mid tide until just before low tide. In both instants the school is avoiding the dead low and dead high tide times when the waves are not fit for learning to surf. And instead surfing in the tidal time slots that offer waves that are slower, less steep and that break left and right; allowing you more time to jump to your feet and offering longer more enjoyable rides.

At the Newquay Activity Centre we often take our clients to Fistral beach on a pushing tide just after low and surf until the mid tide. When the tide is coming in, the set waves (a cyclical group of bigger waves) tend to be more consistent and more powerful. The more powerful the waves are, the more push there is behind each wave and ultimately longer rides for the surfer. We avoid surfing Fistral at high tide for the reasons mentioned above – its steep shorebreaking waves don’t make for learner friendly waves.

So, what are tides and how are they created?
Tides are the daily cyclical rising and falling levels of the sea (low tide, mid tide and high tide). Tidal cycles can occur once or twice a day depending on a beach’s position in relation to the Moon. Tides that happen just once a day are called diurnal, while tides that, like Newquay, are twice daily are called semidiurnal (two high tides and two low tides each day). In a semidiurnal cycle the high and low tides happen approximately every 6hrs12mins.

The tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon and the Earth’s rotation, but it’s the Moon that has the greatest impact on the tides. Spring tides occur when the Sun and the Moon are aligned, culminating in a combined gravitational pull that gives rise to the largest tidal range (the highest high tide and the lowest low tide). In contrast, a Neap tide occurs when the Sun is positioned at 90 degrees to the Moon, and so the gravitational force on the tides is solely from the Moon, resulting in a much smaller tidal range. This occurs during the first and third quarters of the Moon (every two weeks), while the Spring tides take place during the second and fourth quarters.

So regardless or low, mid or high tide, or whether it’s a Spring or Neap tides, get yourself down to the Newquay Activity Centre and we’ll have you riding the best waves in town

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Being prepared for Winter surfing in the UK is essential, read on for an essential guide to the most techniques that we have learned though 20+ years of surfing in Newquay. 

Invest in the best winter suit, gloves, boots and hood that you can afford. Make sure that you look after your wetsuit and that when ever possible it is dry when you are getting in to it. A good warm up will immediately increase your body heat and your wetsuit will trap the heat to warm you up before you hit the water. Try not to sit still in the surf. It is better to have a shorter, more active surf than it is to sit around and get cold.

If you’re serious about learning to surf in the UK you’ll need to go in no matter what the weather and water temperature. In the south west we are lucky to have relatively mild winters and the gulf stream keep the water temperatures bearable throughout. With consistent swell and fewer crowds you’re missing out if you’re a May to September surfer.

Here’s a few ways to tips to help you enjoy surfing in the winter as much as possible.

1.     Buy a good quality 5/3mm wetsuit. You get what you pay so it’s worth splashing out a bit. You’ll need boots, gloves, and hood. A wetsuit hood not only keeps your head warm but also protects your ears and keeps in your body heat so you can surf longer.

2.     Dry wetsuit. Hang your wetsuit up the day before so it’s as dry as possible. If you have 2 winter suits you can rotate them so you always have a dry one to put on.

3.     Don’t eat directly before going in the water. You will feel colder because your blood is being drawn away from your extremities. And there’s a greater risk of getting cramp.

4.     Warm up. Have a good, dynamic warm up before going in. Get the blood flowing to every part of your body. You should be able to surf better and for longer.

5.     Keep busy in the water, and don’t sit around too much. Paddle hard, catch lots of waves and you’ll stay warm.

6.     It’s hard to think practically when the waves are firing and you’re desperate to get in the ASAP. But preparing your clothes, towel and shoes ready for when you return will help you get changed as quickly as possible. You don’t want to spend 10 minutes looking for those boxer shorts with just a towel around your waist in a bracing northerly gale.

7.     Turn up the volume? Shortboarders might want to surf boards with a touch more volume than in the summer. With all that neoprene on you’ll be slightly heavier, and you might feel be a bit sluggish, so a chunkier board can make life easier.

If you’d like to improve you surfing, why not join one of our surf coaching weekends or surf coaching holidays?

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What is this course?

This course will equip the candidate with the coaching and guiding skills to confidently enter the world of commercial coasteering.
Candidates will be evaluated on such subjects as; leading and managing a group, delivering a safety brief, rescue, incident management and route planning. On successful completion candidates will be equipped with the essential skills and knowledge that combined with site specific training, enable them to confidently deliver and/or assist on coasteering sessions.

Some of what we will cover :

  • Coasteering safety equipment
  • Planning a coasteer
  • Briefing the coasteering group prior to the coasteer
  • Coasteering group management
  • Entry and exit techniques
  • Risk Assessments
  • Normal Operating procedures
  • Emergency Action Procedures.
  • Incident management
  • Safety and Rescue
  • Coasteering specific first aid and life support
  • Final coasteering exercise and assessment

How much is it?


(Additional accommodation packages available £POA.)

What are the dates?

NEXT COURSE :25th-26th March 2017

Who is running the course?

Mark Kelly will be heading up this training course… Mark is one of the very first providers of commercial coasteering in Ireland and is the lead coasteer trainer for several UK companies. Mark is a highly experienced coasteering guide as well as being highly experienced and fully qualified in several other outdoor activities including, sea kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Surfing. In addition Mark is a trainer and assessor of Beach Lifeguarding and first aid awards for both The Royal Lifesaving Society and Surf Lifesaving Great Britain. Mark is also a member of the National Coasteering Charter and runs all coasteering activities in accordance to their guidelines.

Who is allowed to take part?

Pre – requisites for this course

Essential :

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Be able to swim 100 metres comfortably.
  • Be medically and physically fit
  • Experience of participation and delivery of adventurous activities.

Desirable :

  • A recognised surf lifesaving qualification such as SLSGB or RLSS and/or recognised first aid certificate.
  • Commercial Coasteering experience.

What will be the next steps when the course is complete?

On successful completion candidates will be equipped with the essential skills and knowledge that combined with site specific training, enable them to confidently deliver and/or assist on coasteering sessions. In addition they are guaranteed an interview and shadowing hours with Cornwall’s leading coasteering providers, as well as, individualized career development plans.

Call 01637 877722 to book your place

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What is this course?

This award is specifically designed for surf coaches who need to have a lifesaving qualification. It validates ISA, ASI and WSA qualifications as well as a being pre-requsite for delivering activities such as SUP, Bodyboarding and Coasteering.

This award sets out to establish a standard that creates a level of competence in Life Saving that meets the requirements of the ocean based coach which enables more location and job specific training and assessment.

The main difference between this award and the NVBLQ (National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification) is that it cannot be used to apply for beach lifeguard positions and there is no timed pool swim and the 200m run must be completed in less than 1 minute.

Full details on the SLSGB Course can be found here:…

How much is it?

(£225 for Non SLSGB members)

(Additional accommodation packages available £POA.)

What are the dates?

NEXT COURSE : 28th – 30th April 2017

Who is running the course?

Mark Kelly will be heading up this training course..  Mark is a multi qualified, highly experienced and active practitioner in both land and water sports, delivering coaching, guiding, instructing and training in several disciplines. Mark is also a trainer and assessor of Beach Lifeguarding and first aid qualifications for both The Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) and Surf Lifesaving Great Britain.(SLSGB)

Who is allowed to take part?

Pre – requisites for this course

  • Minimum of 16 years of age on date of assessment.
  • Able to perform a continuous swim for a minimum of 200 metres in a pool
  • Medically and physically fit

What will be the next steps when the course is complete?

On successful completion candidates will be equipped with the essential skills and knowledge that combined with activity specific training, enable them to confidently deliver and/or assist on sessions. In addition they are guaranteed an interview and shadowing hours with Cornwall’s leading activity providers, as well as, individualised career development plans.