Training Courses

Learn with us, work with us

Your Experience/Ability

Experience of surf coaching or lifeguard isn’t strictly necessary, but you will need to be able to successfully complete a timed swim of 400m in 7.5 minutes and for new coaches, you must be able to surf our Intermediate wave both front and backhand.
If you haven’t surfed with us before, take a moment to view our “Find Your Wave” video here which will give you some insight about all our wave settings
ISA Level 2 Coaching Course & Role
We are interested in hiring coaches who have a few seasons under their belt that aspire to achieve this next level of coaching award. Following this training, the new Level 2 coaches will not only deliver exceptional beginner lessons but will quickly be trained up to deliver some of our more advanced coaching products too.

Here’s what our Senior Coaches, Matty & Emily have to say about our courses.

Bringing the training in-house means we open the opportunity to people with the right attitude, aptitude and motivation. We believe that we are removing some of the barriers that prevent people from joining the industry such as cost and the location of course delivery. Doing this means that we aren’t missing out on a fantastic future crop of Wavemakers who keep our customers safe and share the joy of being on the water.

Emily, Senior Surf Coach

The Lifeguard courses are intensive, you learn loads and work hard but the sense of achievement is fantastic and sets you up not only as a coach and a lifeguard but also in your time in the ocean as a surfer. Bringing the training in-house means we can not only develop our lifeguards as we wish but also make sure we maintain a really high standard of lifeguards and coaches.

Matty, Senior Surf Coach & RLSS Trainer

train to be a lifeguard or surf coach with the wave

Would you like to become a beach lifeguard or surf coach but aren’t sure where to start? 

Since 2021 we have been providing future (and current) Wavemakers the opportunity to become qualified Surf Coaches and Lifeguards by running in-house training courses.

Training to be a surf coach or lifeguard with The Wave gains you an internationally recognised qualification without the upfront costs you would incur elsewhere and a job for the season too! 

The course takes place between The Wave site and the coast. 


What You'll Get

  • Nationally recognised qualification (ISA, National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)
  • Training provided by The Wave RLSS Training Assessor and Senior Coach
  • Training provided by ERA Adventures, a leading ISA provider
  • All equipment needed for the course included


Job on completion of the course, which includes our Wavemaker benefits:

  • Paid breaks
  • 30 days of paid holiday (inclusive of bank hols, pro rated)
  • Pension
  • Free staff surfs
  • Discounts on retail of up 20%
  • Up to 75% off your surf bookings
  • Up to 40% off your food and beverage items while on shift
  • Free hot and cold drinks on shift
  • Up to 25% off our accommodation
  • The chance to work with a great team within an amazing company
  • Opportunity to increase your earning potential through the completion of further learning
    Regular bonus incentives throughout the year.


I had an extremely fun, interesting and challenging week completing the Beach Lifeguard qualification and ISA level 1 course at the Wave. The course was run superbly by ERA and couldn’t have asked for better instructors. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in becoming a qualified Surf coach and lifeguard!

Luke, Surf Coach

I’ve always had the desire to become a professional surf coach ,I knew The Wave was the place that could make my dream happen! I wanted to join the team because this is UK most consistent wave within a industry that is rapidly expanding! The course was very practical! I love the fact that allows you to solidify and obtain new knowledge! It’s definitely suited for intermediate to expert surfers that want to start coaching! I love to make a difference on peoples lives! helping someone riding their first wave and being able to witness the glow in their eyes!

Simao, Surf Coach

Doing the Beach Lifeguarding Course and ISA Level 1 at The Wave was one of the most rewarding and engaging weeks of my life. I made lifelong friends, learnt so much, and it was transformative to my surfing experience too. Not only that but the trainers were absolutely fantastic and know how to have fun in the safest way. Couldn’t recommend it more highly!

Evie Robertson, Surf Coach, Lifeguard & Surf Tech

Train to become a coach or a lifeguard


We will be running a number of course between March 2024 & May 2024