If you’re into surfing and you can spend lot of hours at the beach, to become a surf instructor could be your thing. In our days the option to travel and to keep on a summer season full year is being more and more easy. And even as it seems that automation is taking all the jobs. Outdoor sports related jobs with teaching skills will keep safe for a while 😀
But, even if it seems a dream job you’ve to consider that there are it counterparts, like spending most of the day taking care of your students seeing all the waves and surfers having fun.
Ok, let’s dive into what is needed to be a surf coach.
First you need to be a confident surfer that manage well 1.5 to 2 meter waves and have enough physical condition and current knowledge to solve different water situations.
Second you need to get a certification. The most common is ISA level 1.
Third, you need to get your lifeguard certification.
Fourth. After getting the certifications you’ll need to get some hours experience. Start on a known surf school doing some practicum. This will help you to see how it’s normal day at this position and also gets you option to after been referenced for future surf schools.
Fifth. Learn languages! English is pretty good but also german, russian, spanish, chinese and also portuguese. This will open you many options to travel and get better paid jobs.
Sixth, very important. Have passion for teaching & social skills.