Surf Coach Safety & Rescue Course in Pembrokeshire

Surf Coach Safety & Rescue Course in Pembrokeshire

£ 225

Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire

Advanced & Expert
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Minimum age: 16
Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire
Max. group size: 10
Cancellation: Moderate
£ 225

Activity Highlights:

Our Surf Coach Safety & Rescue Course, aligned with ISA/ILS Water Safety standards, is an essential qualification for aspiring surf and SUP coaches. Whether you’re planning to coach in a tropical paradise or in Wales, this course equips you with crucial rescue and safety skills.

Key Details

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Cost: £225
  • 2024 Dates: Feb 12-16, Feb 20-24, Mar 5-9, Mar 18-22, Apr 8-12, May 6-10, Jun 17-21, 2024

Course Breakdown

The course cover the following key components:

  1. Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Techniques.
  2. Aquatic First Aid, focusing on spinal injury management.
  3. Casualty rescue and care in aquatic environments.
  4. Understanding beach and water dynamics for coaching.
  5. Fitness, lifeguarding skills, and first aid.

The course involves intensive physical training including running, swimming, and performing rescues with rescue boards. You’ll gain knowledge in lifeguarding, first aid theory, basic life support, and spinal management, alongside practical rescue scenarios.

The qualification is valid for 24 months from the date of assessment, after which the lifesaving course must be completed again.


The course is held at Gupton Farm, Pembrokeshire, providing an ideal training environment with access to varied water conditions.


  • Minimum age of 16 years at the time of assessment.
  • Ability to swim 400 meters in under 8 minutes (new 2023 requirement from SLSGB).
  • Medical and physical fitness to perform strenuous activities.

Why Choose Us?

Our course is conducted by experienced instructors who are not only experts in surf safety and rescue but are also passionate about coaching and the development of future instructors. We focus on providing a comprehensive and hands-on learning experience, ensuring that our participants are well-prepared for real-world coaching scenarios.

We look forward to welcoming you to Gupton Farm, Pembrokeshire, and helping you become a qualified and confident surf coach.

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What's Included:

  • SLSGB Membership fee (worth £25).
  • Access to top-of-the-range equipment.
  • Complimentary wetsuit hire.
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, and water refills.

What's Not Included:

  • Accommodation and meals.
  • Transportation to and from the course location.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve dedicated over 25 years to providing surf lessons and professional development courses, not just in our Pembrokeshire homeland but also across the globe. Our passion for nurturing new talent in surfing, paddleboarding, and beach lifeguarding remains strong, whether it’s on the rugged coasts of Wales or the sun-kissed beaches of France and Bali.

Leading the charge is our very own Dean, a seasoned waterman who has proudly represented Great Britain in competitive surfing. As a surf ambassador across UK/Europe, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, Dean plays a pivotal role in shaping the development pathways for these sports. His 25 years of experience in surf, SUP, and lifesaving training encompass all ages and skill levels. Dean takes particular pride in his collaborations with Disability Sport Wales, various local community groups, schools, the National Trust, Pembrokeshire County Council, and international surfing bodies.

We’re keen on providing career opportunities, especially to locals who have trained with us. If you’re seeking employment, feel free to enquire – we’ll happily inform you about any current or future openings.

Yes we are. We have £10 million public liability insurance and all instructors & surf crew are fully qualified & members of the NGB.

There are no hidden costs you will have to keep up-to-date with your membership to the ISA, which is the international governing body.

Our Pembrokeshire courses will be held at our Activity Centre on Gupton Farm, Castlemartin, SA71 5HW.

Accommodation is not included in the cost of the course but we can recommend great value for money accommodation in the nearby area.

Food is not included, but there are local cafes nearby and a small supermarket about a 15-minute drive away. If you do need to heat up your food, we do have a microwave available onsite and don’t worry there is a kettle available for unlimited tea and coffee.

  • Wetsuit and surfboard (if you have them, if not both can be provided free of charge).
  • Towel/dryrobe (there are no changing facilities available at our beaches).
  • Paper and a pen, sunscreen (if required), refillable water bottle, lunch.

Yes! You must be able to show and understand the rules of priority, be able to negotiate the line up and show confidence in turning left and right

This is a 3-day course, but some participants might need extra training, so we offer a fourth day for free where needed. We include a fifth day to factor in anyone wishing to add our beach lifeguarding course which comes at an additional fee (please message us if you are interested in this).

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts