Train with the UK’s premiere Coasteer company to become a knowledgeable and safe Coasteer Guide
Duration: 7 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.
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!
On 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.
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:
Post qualification there is the potential to land a job as a Coasteering Guide Assistant with Newquay Activity Centre or the many operators in the UK or beyond. We are always looking for great instructors to join our friendly team so if the dynamic is right, then you could be sticking around for a little longer than you thought! You will receive a job interview for a freelance position with Newquay Activity Centre upon completion of the course.
We’ve tried to make it as straightforward as possible for you to enter the new world of coasteering; we have put all the processes in place, it’s then down to you to make the most of the opportunities!
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!
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!
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 for every activity. 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 have experience 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!
NEWQUAY ACTIVITY CENTRE
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 your needs after your session.
Book online today or contact us via our online chat where our friendly team will be more than happy to answer your questions.
7 day Intensive Coasteer Guide Training Course
Live group experience at Cornwall’s premiere coasteer centre
Coasteer guide logbook completed throughout the course
In-house certificate upon successful completion of the course
A job interview for a freelance coaching role with Newquay Activity Centre
Classroom-based theory and coastal practical sessions
Free use of all equipment including Rip Curl wetsuits, boots, hats, gloves, rash vests, buoyancy aid, rescue tubes, coasteer safety bag and throw lines
Close to accommodation options (recommendations available on request)
Male and female changing rooms, toilets and hot outdoor showers
On-site storage and lock boxes for your valuables
Shadowing hours with the Newquay Activity Centre instructor team
Coasteering health and safety
Instructing methods and communication
Discount card for apres surf food and drink at local cafes and eateries
Customer discount at Newquay’s Rip Curl store (15%) and coasteer equipment stockists
We can’t reserve your place until we receive payment (in full or an instalment). Payment in full must be received no later than 8 weeks prior to commencement of the course.
Yes definitely! We pride ourselves on being super welcoming and friendly. Most of our students arrive solo and leave with friends for life.
To work with the majority of coasteer companies, you need to gain an SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award (or similar). In order to complete this award, you need to be able to swim 200 metres in under 5 minutes. This is quite achievable for most standards of swimmers.
We advise you to train in the swimming pool prior to the course. To participate in the coasteer training we recommend that you have a reasonable level of swimming. You could then train to prepare for the SLSGB qualification if you chose to take it.
You can still join the course. We will supply you with pre course training recommendations that will help you to achieve the standard. No doubt, it is harder to pass if you have never experienced coasteering before, but you can learn everything you need throughout the training.
If you don’t pass the exam/observation module within the course, you will have 6 months to make the grade. This will be achieved by offering you more shadowing work and a pathway in order to upskill. But we will try our very best to get you there during the course.
The activity industry has grown massively in the last 10 years. As a lifestyle business or lifestyle employment it takes a lot of beating. Organised instructors pick up work year-round by travelling to different parts of the world where they are in demand. Or gain year-round positions at centres. Many instructors choose to set up their own operation, as once you have the experience, you just need the equipment and a place to operate lessons and you are good to go.
As you can imagine, the fitter you are, the easier it is. But, that said, it isn’t a triathlon! Our coaching sessions are usually two hours long and you can participate at your own steam. If you need to rest, you can. Our pre course training programme will help you prepare for the course. When you have passed qualification, you will need a lifesaving qualification, this will mean that you need to gain a minimum standard of swimming 400 metres in under 5 minutes. This is achievable for most individuals and sometimes requires some swim training to achieve the standard.
We have an excellent range of wetsuits, wetsuit boots, gloves and hats. We also have a huge range of helmets and buoyancy aids. Just let us know at time of booking and we will reserve your equipment, this is included in the price of the course.
Most pupils stay in one of the following;
An Air BnB (there is a huge range of options in Newquay)
Surf Lodge Accommodation (we work closely with Smarties, Escape and Ocean Surf Lodge)
Hotel or Guesthouse (Check Booking.com for the options or drop us a line for recommendations)
Their van (either wild camping or staying on one of the many local touring parks/campsites)
The relevant lifesaving qualifications are available at Newquay Activity Centre. It works out cheaper to book both of your courses with us. Please contact us for details via our online chat.
Freelance surf instructors generally get paid between £35 and £60 for a two-hour coaching session (which means, with prep and lesson close down you will work for approx. 3 hours). A professional instructor will deliver three lessons per day. If you take a full-time job or build your own roster of clients, the pay can range dramatically. Some instructors demand huge sums by offering an awesome service and getting excellent results. Like any job, the more that you put into it, the more that you get out of it.
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Due to the ever-changing restrictions around COVID-19, we are constantly monitoring the latest news and making sure our practices are always up to date with government guidelines. We have developed our course to be COVID safe with all teachings following the correct safety guidelines. Theory work can be completed online, if restrictions are in place, allowing you to work remotely from the safety of your home or hotel. Our practical activities will be taking place outside and will follow all social distancing guidelines.
We ask all of our students to be transparent and honest if they, or any member of their family, develop any COVID-19 related symptoms. If you think you may have contracted the virus, we will ask you to self-isolate for the appropriate amount of time before joining or returning to the course and we ask everyone to regularly carry out lateral flow tests.
It’s important for us to stress that you will not miss out on the course as we are able to offer online learning while you are self-isolating. We have made sure that your ability to complete the course will not be affected by future restrictions or lockdown rules.
Cover for public liability will be in place whilst you partake in activities with Newquay Activity Centre, this is to a limit of £5 million. Personal accident cover is available, similar to travel insurance (injuries due to accidents etc), this is something participants can acquire themselves by looking online if they wish to purchase. Insurance is a topic covered during the course Q and A sessions so that everyone is clear on how this works in the outdoor industry.
There will generally be ratios of 1:8 (instructor to pupils) for all activity training. However, theory classes may have larger ratios. You’ll often be broken down into smaller groups and all learning will observe the correct social distancing guidelines.
You need to be over 18 to join the course. If you are 65 or over, we’d love to chat to you about the course before you book. Please email us to arrange a time and we’ll contact you. Or you can call us on 01637 877722
If you can’t join the course, please let us know as soon as possible via email. Your cancellation notice will start from the date we receive it.
Cancellation charges for the Outdoor Activity Instructor Academy, courses and modules are payable as follows:
Find out more under our terms and conditions.