Either combine a bespoke tour of the Hill Country, or a week surfing the right hand points of Arugam Bay, with three weeks of intense surf training and a 1-week ISA Surf Instructor Course, and you've got a cracker of a Sri Lankan Surfing Adventure with a Qualification at the end!
For surfers looking to start a career in surf coaching and looking to qualify somewhere tropical, then this is the course for you. The qualifications included are the ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor award and the ILS Water Safety award, which combined together enables you to work as an instructor around the world.
What to Expect
Choose your trip wisely. Our October trip starts by spending the first night in Ahangama where you'll essentiallyu just drop your bags and have a welcome dinner, followed the next day by setting off to tour the beautiful Hill Country of Sri Lanka, hiking through Ella, Kandy and the famous Pilgrimage of Sri Pada, or Adam's Peak. An immersion into Sri Lankan culture like no other.
The next three weeks are spend at our Surf House in Ahangama so you can get used to tropical weather and waves of the indian ocean, honing your surfing skills and learning the techniques of what it takes to become a ISA Level 1 and Ticket to Ride standard Surf Coach.
After three weeks of some serious surf coaching and preparing you for the ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor course, you embark on the course in the fourth week. This is how it looks:
This really is the full Sri Lankan experience, while gaining internationally recognised qualifications.
The April course is based out of a brand new private villa with your own pool and is more surf focused as instead of touring the Hill Country, your fifth and final week is spend on the other side of the island surfing the right hand point breaks of Arugam Bay and looks like this:
Surf Camp Accommodation
Trip Leaders For Duration
Video Surf Analysis
All Surf Lessons
Surf Guiding To The Best Beaches
All Surf Transport
Photos Of Your Surfing
Additional Excursions And Activities
Surf Instructor Course
In order to work as a surf instructor, you require both an ISA Surf Instructor qualification, as well as an International Life Saving Water Safety Award. We have combined the ISA Level 1 course with the ILS Water Safety Course in order to create a 5-day course that will allow you to work around the world as a surf instructor.
In order to take this course, you must have the skill level and fitness level required to gain the qualification during the course week.
Prior to attending a course, participants must have completed a timed swim of 200m completed in less than 5 minutes in a pool no shorter than 25m.
ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Course: The International Surfing Association (ISA) Level 1 is the most internationally recognized Surfing Instructor award. This award is the foundation of your future surf teaching so we approach each module of the course in a way that motivates and inspires you to be the best.
- Module 1: The role of the coach
- Module 2: The safety of the surfer in your care
- Module 3: The equipment for the beginner surfer
- Module 4: Coaching methods
- Module 5: Skill development
- Module 6:Program planning
This qualification is internationally recognised and allows you to teach surf lessons anywhere in the world. This section of the course takes 2.5 days to complete.
Once you have completed (and passed) the course you must gain 20-hours surf coach shadowing experience, before you can deliver surf lessons single-handedly. We can help you to find these hours in Sri Lanka after the course, or offer hours at our school in Cornwall (Mar-Oct), or you can book hours elsewhere.
To complete this course you need to be able to paddle out back, duck dive when required. You must be able to read the water and paddle into waves, catching unbroken green waves consistently and performing basic maneuvers, trimming both left and right. We are lucky in Sri Lanka to have good small to average wave conditions to carry out the surfing assessment. Most surfing tests last ½ to ¾ of an hour depending on conditions. To reassure you this test it’s pretty basic, but don’t forget those you coach will be watching you demonstrate and you are their role model.
ILS Water Safety Course: The International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) is the world authority for Life Saving this course is devised to perfectly fit the surfing instructor’s needs.
In the ISA / ILS Water Safety Course we deal with the incidents, conditions, and techniques you will normally come across when teaching and coaching. The course format has an open discussion and dialog between trainers and candidates, with practical hands-on learning.
- Module 1: Basic surf safety awareness
- Module 2: Hazards
- Module 3: Basic ocean safety and awareness
- Module 4: Instructors duty of care
- Module 5: Basic First Aid
- Module 6: Basic immediate emergency care and CPR
- Module 7: Board rescue
- Module 8: Signals
All your course material will be provided to you on arrival in Sri Lanka, you're not required to bring any other kit apart from your surfboard. This section of the course takes 2.5 days to complete.
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 trip to Sri Lanka was 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 Ticket to Ride 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
Yes you will need to arrange a visa for this course. You can obtain an electronic 'ETA' Visa by visiting the official website here: www.eta.gov.lk. This will need to be extended at a cost by yourself, we can help arrange this. Or you can consult your embassy to arrange a 3 month tourist visa. This usually entails having an interview in person.
There are currerntly no COVID restrictions on entering Sri Lanka
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
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.
Your first year's ISA (International Surfing Association) Membership is included in the course fee. You must ensure you pay your membership annually (directly to ISA via their website) in order to hold a valid qualification and membership with ISA. If you miss this deadline, you may be required to take the course again.
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.