Skip to main content

Research carried out by Failte Ireland shows that over 85,000 overseas visitors engaged in water sports in Ireland including surfing. There is also a growing market with large cooperate employers and their employees partake in weekend adventure activities as a break from the busy corporate life. This has resulted in a growing demand for Surf Instructors and Lifeguards.
The Swilly Group has worked closely with a number of major employers in this sector to develop this cutting edge programme that will provide learners with employment opportunities the whole year round. The aim of the programme is to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to successfully take up employment as a surf instructor, a beach or pool lifeguard. The optional extra of completing the minibus licence makes learners more attractive to employers and gives them another employment option should they require it.

Surf Instructor and Life Guard

Course Contents

The course will cover the following core elements:

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Occupational First Aid
  • RLSS Pool Lifeguard
  • RLSS Beach Lifeguard
  • Swimming Pool Plant Course
  • Child Protection and Code Of Ethics
  • Driver CPC Card
  • Minibus Licence (category D1)

The learners will complete 10 weeks of work placement in an Surf School, Adventure Centre, Leisure Centre or Public Amenities Centre where they will gain experience as a Surf Instructor or Lifeguard. They will also experience the day to day operations and work environment within such an organisation.

Locations and Start Dates

Location Start Date Duration
Donegal 10 November 2014 25 Weeks
Mayo 01 December 2014 25 Weeks
Dublin (Skerries) 13 January 2015 25 Weeks
Clare 03 February 2015 25 Weeks

Contact us:

To find out more about this programme contact:
Roisin Sweeney, Training Manager, Swilly Group
T: (074) 91 51212


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a Momentum programme you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be unemployed for 12 months or longer and
  2. Be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Jobseekers Benefit or be signing on for Social Insurance Contribution Credits for 12 months or longer and
  3. Be actively seeking work.

You must apply through Employment Services at the Department of Social Protection to confirm your eligibility and get assistance in identifying a suitable project.