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Coasteer Guide
Training Course


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Make the ocean your Playground

  • Train with the UK’s premiere Coasteer company to become a knowledgeable and safe Coasteer Guide

  • Duration: 8 Days

  • All equipment use + logbook included

  • Your intensive access course in to the Coasteer industry

    Take your love of the ocean to the next level and become proficient in guiding adventures on the jaw dropping, Cornish coastline. We’ve developed this course to share our knowledge with you and fast track you in to the industry.

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Coasteering Guide Training CornwallAbout this course


Our Coasteering Training Course has been developed in line with the National Coasteering Charter (NCC) and it will equip you with the essential skills for safely guiding and assisting coasteering sessions in Newquay and beyond. Newquay Activity Centre are one of the most established coasteering companies in the UK with over 15 years’ experience of leading coastal adventures.

The focus of our Coasteering Guide Training Course is to equip you with the essential technical know-how and the site-specific training to lead and assist on commercial coasteering sessions. Over the duration of the course, you will develop your own personal soft skills, learn how to safely plan an enjoyable coasteering activity, identify the appropriate required equipment, understand how to effectively deliver a safety brief and, ultimately, know how to lead and manage the welfare of your group through successful coasteer sessions.

The Coasteering Guide Course is perfect for those with a passion for spending time in or around the ocean. It’s the perfect way to teach people how to safely use our intertidal zones for recreational use whilst remaining aware of the environment and how to protect it. The coastline around Cornwall holds some of the most amazing views in the UK too so it’s not a bad place to spend your working days!

Coasteering Guide Training CornwallOn top of technical coasteering skills, you will also learn about the impact this activity has on the environment and how, as a professional guide, you are able to minimise the damage to your surroundings. This could include knowledge of forbidden access due to conservation areas, knowing which areas are restricted due to land ownership, encouraging customers to be respectful of the coastline and promoting a ‘leave no trace’ policy.

The course is inclusive of everything that you need; shadow hours with ‘real’ groups offering live experience, essential coasteer safety training, all equipment is provided inclusive in the price of the course (wetsuits, buoyancy aid, helmet, first aid kit etc), coasteer logbook to note your session experience and observations, In-house qualification upon successful completion of the course.

Coasteering CoursesItinerary


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Coasteering Guide Training NewquayYou don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to be a coasteer guide


This course is made for those that love spending time in the water. Perhaps you’re already a Surf instructor or Paddlesports Instructor. Why not add another string to your bow? Or maybe you’re just wanting to expand your safety skills and ocean knowledge for your own adventures? This course is the one for you!

You’ll need :

  • Patience and the ability to work well with others
  • Enthusiasm to learn and train
  • Sensitivity and understanding
  • Leadership skills
  • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • The ability to work on your own
  • Knowledge of the English language
  • To be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • The ability to retain important information
  • The ability to remain calm when faced with new situations

Coasteering Guide Training NewquayPRE-REQUISITES (DESIRABLE)

This course will teach you all the necessary technical skills for assisting safe coasteering sessions around the UK. However, there are a few essential skills that you need before enrolling. These are as follows:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Be able to swim 100 metres comfortably
  • Be medically and physically fit



  • A recognised surf lifesaving qualification such as SLSGB or RLSS NVBLQ or equivalent
  • Commercial coasteering experience

Coasteering Training ProviderThe benefits


We’ve been delivering training courses since 2001 and we’ve identified the key reasons why our intensive coasteering course takes away the headache of doing it on your own!

  • For a long time, the pathway in to coasteer work hasn’t been clear. You’ve needed to work as an unpaid shadow instructor, learning as you go. With no real clarity of the skills that you need to gain. Our course follows the National Coasteer Charter guidelines to upskill you in the key areas of the activity.
  • We supply you with a coasteer logbook which we work with you to update with the coastal training, classroom work, shadow hours and live group experience. This is what an employer wants to see when you apply for a position with a company.
  • We are based in the hub of Cornish adventure activity and have numerous routes available to us. Our busy centre has coasteer sessions going out daily. There is plenty of opportunity to learn from established career professionals, with an abundance of shadowing opportunities.
  • We have bad weather back up plans so that no days from the course are lost. If the conditions aren’t co-operating on the north coast of Cornwall, we can move activities to the south coast.
  • You need an in date first aid qualification and for many centres you also need an in-date lifeguard qualification. We offer these additional courses at our centre, please ask about them at time of booking.
  • In a nutshell, we’ve been through this process with pupils repeatedly for the last 20 years. This course has been developed to encapsulate all the features that you need to achieve in an intensive, fun 7 days in Newquay.

We’d love to teach you to be a coasteer guide, book online now or drop us a message through our online chat if you have any questions!

Course Dates


27th May – 6th June
4th November – 14th November

Outdoor AcademyOur Headquarters


Our purpose-designed building is ideally located within walking distance to Towan Beach, Fistral Beach, Newquay Bay as well as the bustling town centre itself.

Our state of the art HQ, with toilets, heated changing rooms, hot outdoor showers, lockers for valuables and storage for clothes and bags. Although we prefer to use the beach and ocean as our classroom, we do have a nearby training room for our theory work.




If you’ve coasteered before, you’ll know how uch kit and equipment there is, and it can be a daunting prospect having to pay for it all. So, for the duration of the course, we have all of the necessary equipment stocked in our centre for our students to use for free. At the beginning of the course you’ll get supplied with key kit to use for the duration of the course or until you get your own.


Once you sign up to the course you’ll be supplied with a kit list too and advice on where to get it. We’ve got some great and trusted suppliers so there’s even discounted rates for our students too!


Our knowledgeable team is always happy to offer advice on kit and equipment before, during and after the course!




During the course we’re keen to support you in upskilling yourself so we’ll allocate you use of our equipment during your spare time throughout the course.


This is an unusual privilege on a training course like this but we feel it will offer you an excellent opportunity to up-skill throughout the course. Please note this will need to be booked in with the centre for your required times.

Coasteering AccommodationAccommodation

Newquay has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. At the top end, we recommend Oceanside Hotel. It’s perfectly placed near Fistral Beach and has 28 rooms with a cool coastal style, some with balconies overlooking the surf. Plus, our guests receive a 10% discount (chat with us about this option)[1] .

For something more budget-friendly, Smarties Surf Lodge is a great, affordable option. Expect a chilled-out vibe and a range of accommodation choices, from ensuite doubles to bunk rooms with shared bathrooms.

We also recommend Lazy Waves, a small B&B with ocean views and a brilliant location near Towan Beach and the town’s shops and cafes. 

Prefer to stay in your van? There is a range of campsites and touring parks within a short drive of Newquay town centre, including Trethiggey Holiday Park.

Please note that accommodation is not included in the price of the course.

Payment Plans



When booking one of our courses the are four easy options for payment:


1. PAY IN FULL – Pay the full amount in one, that’s it, you’re done!

2. 50/50 – Pay 50% deposit and the remaining 50% at an agreed date

3. MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN – Pay an initial holding fee (of as little as £100 and we can then set up monthly payments to come out on the 1st of each month.


We can’t guarantee your place until we have received a payment from you. To hold the place for more than 24 hours we require a non-returnable holding fee. This can be as little as £100 and will be deducted from your final payment for the course.

Once you have made a payment, you’ll then be sent a confirmation email with booking details on. Full Payment must be received 12 weeks prior to the course start date.

Instructor Training After Qualification

Life after the course



After successful completion of the instructor course, you’ll have the opportunity to become a member of our friendly team or you may go on to work with other providers and expand your experience and training. There’s an opportunity to interview for instructor roles at Newquay Activity Centre, Women + Waves and Bodyboard Holidays.



If you’re thinking of heading inland that doesn’t mean you need to stop Surf Coaching! We’ve got links with the Wave, Bristol so you can spend your time in the city but still get surf time!



For those who want to use this course as an opportunity to travel, we have some excellent partnerships that will allow you to do just that. We got links with centres and surf providers all over the world! Including programmes with partners in New Zealand and Morocco.


Once you’re fully qualified and competent in all aspects of the course, you could be given the opportunity to fly out to NZ and work for a season as a surf instructor. As well as being a paid opportunity for work, this is a chance to visit new places, meet new people and experience new cultures.


You’re guaranteed to make new friends, create awesome memories and maybe even open your horizons with regards to your career plans. Travel is food for the soul; this kind of opportunity doesn’t come around every day!


Our Academy graduates are all over the world so we’re constantly getting new spots and contacts all over the globe!


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Course Dates


27th May – 6th June
4th November – 14th November


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