When it comes to working abroad, it doesn’t get much cooler than working as a surf instructor. Here are some surf instructor jobs and info to get you started.
Generally, these jobs are in beautiful parts of the world, and you get plenty of time to enjoy them. Not only do you get a chance to hit the waves with your students, but you can also do more surfing in your downtime!
Another benefit of surfing jobs is that they often come with free accommodation and meals, especially if you are working at a resort or hostel. You can get the opportunity to stay in some amazing places while also keeping your costs low as your main expenses are paid for. You can also expect to receive wages as well.
There are surf camps all around the world, so being a surf instructor can give you amazing options for where to work and live. Australia, South Africa, the United States, Thailand, Bali and Portugal are some well-known surfing hotspots, but you can also find jobs in other locations such as the Maldives, England, Ecuador, Morocco and Israel.
If you are looking to work year-round as a surfing instructor, you can even do the summer season in the northern hemisphere (Europe, America) before heading down south to Australia, New Zealand or South Africa to escape the cold!
Of course, being a surf instructor does come with some big responsibility, too. Not only is it about making sure that guests have a great time on holiday and learn some new skills, but also about keeping everybody safe! Group sizes can be pretty large, so you need to be able to multitask and teach while keeping an eye on everyone.
As well as teaching people to surf, you may also be responsible for other tasks such as
customer service, cleaning and tidying equipment and possibly general reception jobs.
What skills do you need to work as a surf instructor abroad?
A passion for surfing is helpful to keep your energy and enthusiasm, even when you’ve had to get up at the crack of dawn, or feel like you’ve done it all before!
It may be helpful to have some experience or education in teaching human movement – teaching can be very different than ‘doing’, and being able to get guests up and surfing can be a challenge! Experience teaching in other disciplines, e.g. sports coaching or general P.E. (physical education) teaching can be helpful.
Some countries (particularly in North America, Europe and Australia) require qualifications to become a surf instructor. These can be obtained from various surf schools which run training courses for a once-off fee. Here are a few well-known surf instructor training schools:
Academy of Surfing – https://www.academyofsurfing.com/ (worldwide)
Mojo Surf – https://mojosurf.com/ (Australia)
H20 Training – http://www.h2otraining.co.uk/ (UK)
Ticket to Ride – https://www.tickettoridegroup.com/ (South Africa)
Solid Surf House – https://www.solidsurfhouse.com/surf-instructor-course-academy/ (Bali, Indonesia)
Another very useful skill is surf lifesaving, so that you can quickly respond if any of your
students get into trouble. Many countries and organisations have surf lifesaving academies. You
can find a full list of international surf lifesaving organisations here:
A general first aid certificate can also be a helpful qualification to help you secure a job as a surf instructor. This can help you learn general first aid, including how to perform CPR or respond to a medical emergency. There are many providers of first aid courses all over the world.
Here is a totally free, online course: https://www.firstaidforfree.com/
In some countries, such as the United Kingdom and Australia, you may be required to undergo a background check to obtain a Working with Children clearance.
Where to find surf instructor jobs abroad
Surf Travel Jobs – http://www.surftraveljobs.com/find-a-surf-job – this is a great website for finding surf instructor jobs all around the world. There are extra filters so you can search by location and type of job (e.g. full-time or part-time).
Surf Instructor Jobs – http://www.surfinstructorjobs.com/ – another dedicated website for finding surfing jobs all around the world.
Surfing England – https://www.surfingengland.org/category/surf-jobs/ – a website that lists many different jobs, including instructor jobs, to do with surfing in England – especially around Cornwall.
Surf Berbere – https://surfberbere.com/careers/ – a surf school in Morocco that hires surf instructors to work at their yoga/surfing camp.
Star Surf – https://www.starsurfcamps.com/jobs/ – a company with various surfing schools around the world, Star Surf are always on the lookout for new staff members.
Banzai Surf School – https://banzaisurfschool.com/surf-instructor-jobs/ – this well-regarded Californian surf school is located on Huntington Beach, and hires certified surf instructors with 5+ years’ experience.
Soul and Surf – https://www.soulandsurf.com/retreats/sri-lanka/us/jobs/ – fancy working at a surf and yoga camp in up-and-coming Sri Lanka? If so, Soul and Surf may be perfect!