Combine an epic Sri Lankan surfing adventure with a serious qualification!
This 6 week Surf Instructor Course and Adveture is aimed at those who can surf a bit and want to become a surf instructor, but feel they just aren't ready. We will get you ready as we take you on the surfing experience of a lifetime, whilst getting you prepared for your ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Award and Surf Lifeguard Qualification, which combined together enables you to work as an instructor around the world.
What to Expect
The first three weeks are spent in training mode... recieiving top coaching five days per week with our top team of coaches in the balmy Indian Ocean, a stones throw from the Surf House.
The fourth and final week of your surf coaching takes you to the East Coast where you will hone your new found skills on the World Famous right hand point breaks of Arugam Bay.
The final week before your Instructor and Lifeguard course itself is spent traveling through the Hill Country, enabling your body and mind to take a little rest from all the surfing, whilst you soak up the beauty on offer in land.
This really is the full Sri Lankan experience, while gaining internationally recognised qualifications.
Your Course Presenter, Tim Jones | Surf Insight: It's fair to say that given Tim's vast experience in developing and delivering surf instructor courses in Sri Lanka and around the world, you're in the best hands to learn from and gain your qualifications.
Tim has been surfing for over 50 years and coaching surfing for over 35 years. He has been delivering Surfing Instructor Courses for 26 years having began as a Trainer / Assessor for the British Surfing Association in 1991 and was National Coach for Wales.
Surf Camp Accommodation
Trip Leaders For Duration
Video Surf Analysis
All Surf Lessons
All Surf Transport
Additional Excursions And Activities
Surf Instructor Course
Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.
Welcome to Sri Lanka
Upon arrival you will be greeted at the airport by your Trip Leader and other riders, before travelling by private transfer tot he surf house in Ahangama, where you'll get checked and settled in, followed by a delicious welcome curry.
Surf, Surf, Surf!
For the first three weeks you will be based in our legendary Surf House in Ahangama. You will start your three week surf course on the Sunday at 6am! Expect daily surf coaching, yoga exploring, excurisions and some unforgetable feasts.
On your third week you will head East to Arugam Bay, one of the most chilled out places on earth and you’ll settle in just fine... Improve your surfing day in, day out and reap the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga. Make the most of your surfing down time by discovering Sri Lanka's flavourful food, welcoming people and timeless ruins. Arugam Bay is home to one of the best right-hand pointbreaks, an incredible place to hone your surfing skills before your ISA Level 1 Course starts.
Hill Country Tour
ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course (2.5 days)
Wake up and meet the group for breakfast, before hitting the classroom (beach!) with Tim Jones and his team to undertake your 2.5-day ISA training course. Tim wil take you through all the learning modules and assessments, breaking for lunch back at the surf camp. The training day will round up in the late afternoon, then you can chill at the camp (we always have an amazing feast for dinner), check out the local scene, or head to Mirissa for an evening out!
ILS Water Safety Course (2.5 days)
After an epic 6 weeks exploring Sri Lanka, it's time to get out there and start coaching! For those heading back to the airport, we will arrange your transfers, and for those travelling on around Sri Lanka we will give you all our advice and for where to surf next.
What past riders say
Fun waves and the friendliest people - simply the best surf trip ever.Will Jessup
This was one of the best vacations of my life! Surfed a lot, met amazing people and there was a great atmosphere at the surf camp. Beautiful beach right in front of you and the surf camp is situated in a very authentic and local area. Max, Angie and Lee were amazing, ready to meet everybody's needs and create a friendly, chilled out and sparkling vibe.Elena De Besi
I had a great time in beautiful Sri Lanka, surfing in clear blue warm water and making new friends, shame it was all over too quickly!Pat Porter
Sri Lanka is beautiful with blue green sea, unspoilt beaches and perfect waves. Two weeks of paradise with amazing people, eating fantastic food and drinking arrack. Partying from sunset to sunrise...The surfing was pretty sick too. Thank you!Siobahn Hill
Sri Lanka - friendly and beautiful with the funnest waves! Great place to explore and build up confidence in the waterMari O'Connor
My TTRide trip to Sri Lanka was just insane! The country is absolutely incredible, all of the people I met were super fun and friendly and my surfing ability has come on so much. I can't wait for my next TTRide adventure!Ellen Rudge
Fantastic trip and a great atmosphere throughout the entire time. I’ve met so many great people on this trip, with whom I hope to stay in touch and reconnect in the future. I was lucky enough to be put in a single room, which was a bonus and made a huge difference to the overall experience. Great vibes at Sion Surf camp, amazing time and great staff there; their BBQs are legendary by now. Everything was well organised before the trip and during the entire stay, and Max and Josh made sure everything went smooth, were very responsive to anything we have raised with them, or whenever we have asked any questions and also well connected with our group. It was quite intense first two weeks, packed with yoga, surf, and more surf, but in a good sense. I loved that we could see our videos and photos from each day trip and see our progress and receive feedback. I have never had that before in any of my surf trips (even organised ones) and it really makes a huge difference to improve, if you can see yourself and get a feedback on your surfing. Also Olly and Rodger our local surf instructors were very nice and wanted to ensure we had fun and catching waves, even when the swell was small. I can say the same about Fasal from Arugambay, who gave us very useful tips before each session. It was definitely one of my best surf trips, I somehow magically managed to progress to much shorter board, I thought it would take me another two years to ride! It was a great holiday, one of the best.Irena Miroforidu
Sri Lanka, a stunning country to learn to surf in! Perfect for beginners, and intermediates, and made all the more special by a great coaching team of Josh David and Max! Don’t think about it! DO IT!!Lisa
The best way to sum up TTR trips is 'good vibes'. From the surf instructors, yoga, camp staff and the weird and wonderful people you meet on the trip, the good vibes are always flowing. Couldn't recommend a TTR trip more if you want to improve your surf, practice yoga, explore a stunning new country and drink local beers with awesome like-minded people along the way.Ellen
Loved the trip, first surfing experience abroad to remember. Can't speak highly enough of Josh as an instructor and general organiser of daily activities as well as David and the Sion instructors. Will definitely be back to sri lankaElin
A meal in Sri Lanka can range from as little as £1 for a simple rice or curry, while a fresh tuna steak and a large Lion beer will set you back about £7. Your breakfast is included daily, 20 evening meals are included (whilst we are based at the Surf House for 4 weeks) and lunch is included at Arugam Bay (1 week), so you don't have to worry too much about budgeting for your food.
Everyone traveling to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Visit www.eta.gov.lkfor more information.
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Of course! The vast majority of people on any of our trips come alone, as it is a great way to meet people and do the holiday you want.
After you pass the course, you have the qualification for 2 years. After this time you will need to take a 'refresher' course. This is shorter and cheaper than the full course and is designed to refresh your skills and update you on new methods and techniques. After this, you're required to take a Refresher course every 2-years. Should you miss any of these deadlines then you will be requied to take the full course again.
They are widely recognised and respected, allowing you to work all around the world as long as both your ISA and Lifesaving qualifications are in date.
After your course you are required to gain 20 hours surf coach shadowing experience with a surf school. We can help arrange these hours in Sri Lanka immediately after your course week, or you're welcome to arrange this yourself somewhere else.
None! Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise where wetsuits aren't required, just don’t forget your swim wear and plenty of sun cream! You're required to bring your own surfboard for the course. We can help arrange hire if required.
You will surf for 20 full days, spread over 5 days per week. This will include a mixture of surf lessons, guided surfs, theory classes and video analysis.