Outdoor Instructor Courses

Outdoor Instructor Courses


Want To Work On The Beach? Our Outdoor Instructor Courses at Newquay Activity Centre Give you training to get You Qualified To Live The Dream.  We are now a Certified SLSGB Training Centre Offering NVBLQ Beach Lifeguarding Courses And Level 1 ISA Surf Coach Awards!

We’re good at what we do (actually…we’re the best in Newquay according to Trip Advisor)We guarantee that our instructors offer some of the best tuition in Newquay.

Choose from one of our training options and get the qualifications you need to score your dream job:
Outdoor Activity Training Course

Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course

Do you dream of waking up every day to go to a job you love? Take your future into your own hands and turn your passion into a profession with Newquay Activity Centre’s Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course.

Intensive Surf Instructor Training Course

Intensive Surf Instructor Training Course

Suitable for new surfers or those who can surf already. This intensive course is designed to help you attain the skills, experience and qualifications to walk in to a job as a surf instructor.

Coasteering Instructor Training Course

Coasteering Guide Training Course

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.

Beach Lifeguard Training Course

NVBLQ Beach Lifeguard Course

Do you have the fitness and determination to chase your dream job and become a qualified beach lifeguard? Newquay Activity Centre is proud to offer the new international standard of beach lifeguarding, the National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) in Newquay.

ISA Surf Coaching Award

ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course

The ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Award is the industry standard for teaching surfing in the UK and around the world. Turn your passion into a profession and get paid to do what you love.

Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award

Surf Coach Safety & Rescue Award

The Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award is specifically designed for outdoor water sport instructors looking to gain the required level of lifesaving expertise.

For years our team has pioneered the training of surfing, bodyboarding and coasteering instructors in Newquay, enhancing core qualifications with professional in-house tuition to build experience in all outdoor conditions. But NOW, as a new certified SLSGB training centre we will be offering NVBLQ beach lifeguarding and ISA surf coaching qualifications from the UK’s hub of surfing, Towan Beach Newquay!



The national vocational beach lifeguarding qualification (NVBLQ) is the new international standard of beach lifeguarding, endorsed by the International Life-Saving Federation and Surf Lifesaving Great Britain.


This is the minimum qualification required for application into the RNLI and requires competent swimming skills with a high level of fitness.


You will be tested throughout the week in a timed pool swim and final scenario-based skills assessment.


You must be 16 years old or over, able to swim 400m in under eight minutes, have experience of board paddling and sea swimming, be able to swim a 25 meter length underwater in a pool followed by a 25 meter sprint in under 50 seconds and have good all round levels of fitness.


You do not need specific lifeguarding experience prior to the course. However, previous water experience will prove invaluable when tackling essential lifeguarding tasks and learning new techniques. Pivotal lifeguarding equipment like rescue boards and Peterson Tubes can take a little while to get used too. This course will set you up for any ocean-based vocation and our other surf instructing and lifeguarding courses in Newquay.


Course units:

  • Foundation Ocean Board Rescuer
  • Beach Environment
  • First Aid
  • Beach Patrolling
  • Working Practices
  • Basic Life Support
  • Pool Based Practical
  • Communications
  • Foundation Tube Rescuer



If you would like to have the best job in the world and become a surfing instructor, Newquay Activity Centre offer the best surf instructor and lifeguarding courses in Newquay. 


The International Surfing Association level 1 surf-coaching award is the internationally recognised standard for teaching surfing in the UK and around the world. You will cover modules based around instruction methods and communication, skills development and program planning   and be assessed on your teaching ability. To gain this award, you will need a recognised surf life-saving qualification.


If you are only looking to become a surfing instructor, look no further because we have the course for you! The surf coach safety and rescue award is specifically designed for outdoor instructors looking to gain the required level of life-saving expertise. This course is the minimum life-saving pre-requisite for outdoor adventure instructors responsible for taking groups into the sea.


To undertake any of our surf instructing and lifeguarding courses in Newquay, you must be over the age of 16, a member of Surf Lifesaving GB and have competent fitness levels.



Become a qualified coasteer guide with Newquay Activity Centre. If you have a passion for lifeguarding or adrenaline-fuelled adventure you will love our Coasteering, First Aid, Safety and Rescue qualification endorsed by the National coasteering charter guidelines.


Coasteering is a combination of mountaineering and coastal orienteering, involving the exploration of intertidal zones between high and low tides. You will learn how to deliver extensive coasteering instruction whilst practising your leadership skills and ability to carry out emergency action plans in the event of an incident.



Newquay Activity Centre’s base on Towan Beach is the perfect place to base yourself. We provide heated changing rooms and safe storage for all your belongings, giving you piece of mind before, during and after hitting the beach during your training.



Our HQ is conveniently based on Towan beach, the gateway to the Gazzle Peninsular and just one-minute walk from Newquay’s town centre.


With car parks close by, eateries up the road and the beach just below us, you’ll be in prime position to grab lunch and explore Newquay during your course.


Newquay Bay is one of the most sheltered stretches along Cornwall’s northern coastlines. The lifeguarding and surf instructor qualifications will be taught on Towan Beach just below our centre.


The Gazzle is a sweep of cliff-line steeped in history of smugglers, natural rapids, craggy inlets and hidden coves. This is where the majority of your coasteering course will take place.



All-round waterman, Mark Kelly is our trained RLSS, SLSGB and ISKGA assessor bringing 30 years of ocean experience to the table. He’s seen and done it all and provides world-class training for all up and coming instructors. You will be in the UK’s best pair of hands.


After completing you surf instructing and lifeguarding courses in Newquay, you will have the opportunity to complete 20 hours of supervised teaching under our senior coaching team. Our fantastic team are industry experts with a wealth of international experience and will help you build real industry experience with Newquay Activity Centre.


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After successfully completing 20 hours training with Newquay activity centre, you will be given the opportunity to interview for an instructor position with the Newquay Activity Centre for the upcoming season.


We’ll see you through training, assessment, completion and further coaching to ensure you become the best instructors possible.



So what are you waiting for? Get in touch, join our surf instructing and lifeguarding courses in Newquay and become one step closer to having the best job in the world!