Surf Instructor Course Australia

Surf Instructor Course Australia

Experience summer beach parties, make new heaps of new friends from all over the world, relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand while learning how to become a surf instructor. The programme takes place about a two hour drive from Byron Bay. Here you find the secluded beaches and the surf camp where you will eat, breathe and live surf! You will develop your surfing abilities, train your ability to teach others and then we qualify you to work in the industry.

Experience summer beach parties, make new heaps of new friends from all over the world, relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand while learning how to become a surf instructor. The programme takes place about a two hour drive from Byron Bay. Here you find the secluded beaches and the surf camp where you will eat, breathe and live surf! You will develop your surfing abilities, focus on your teaching techniques and then we qualify you to work in the industry.

Surf Course Instructor Australia

Become a professional surf instructor & get the best job going in Australia

The surf academy courses are run by qualified surf coaches at our purpose built surf camp two hours from Byron Bay on the beautiful mid north coast of Australia. In three months you learn all surfing skills from beginner to pro from an ex-professional and gain all you need to get an amazing job down under. It´s all about the surf and you get to live the ultimate life style.  You will learn coaching skills and life saving skills. The certificate is recognized worldwide and is the perfect start for a new career! All inclusive too, so all your meals, accommodation, equipment and instruction are all included, even your transport from Sydney or Brisbane on an awesome bus.


  • You train for three months, surfing every day, living in a cool surf house right on the beach!
  • All your food is taken care of leaving you with no hassles, just time to improve your surf!
  • Loads of backpackers come to the camp, so you have an awesome social scene too.
  • After you have your qualification (local payment), you can teach and get paid – The BEST GAP YEAR JOB IN AUSTRALIA!

Sounds like a dream, and for many it is, but with the surf instructor programme you can make it a reality. You are located about a two hours drive from Byron Bay, living right next to golden sands and clear clue sea. It is not uncommon to share the waves with the occasional dolphin either!




If you want to properly master the art of surfing and turn your new found passion into a career (or at least a fine gap year job) then this is for you. Not only do you get to spend three months surfing and living in great beach side surf shacks, but ultimately you can be paid to surf for a living!

Surf Instructor Course Breakdown

Surf Instructor Course Australia (9)

1st month – level one

  • Understand surf safety and ocean awareness
  • Understand surf conditions and wave selection
  • Ability to catch unbroken waves
  • Ability to ride across the face of unbroken waves
  • Ability to get out the back of breaking waves
  • Improved fitness and ocean knowledge
  • Understand surf equipment and its uses


Surf Instructor Course Australia (8)2nd month – level two

  • Demonstrate surf fitness
  • Ability to perform a bottom and top turn on unbroken waves up to one metre
  • Demonstrate correct wave selection
  • Demonstrate ability to ride right and left breaking waves (forehand and backhand)
  • Demonstrate ability to negotiate rips and currents


Surf Instructor Course Australia (5)3rd month – level three

  • Apply first aid techniques
  • Perform an ocean rescue
  • Ability to swim 500 metres in under ten minutes
  • Apply advanced resuscitation techniques
  • Ability to instruct a surf lesson
  • Perform a risk assessment on the surf lesson area
  • Ability to create surf lesson plans
  • Perform cut backs & re-entry´s in one metre waves
  • Ability to link manoeuvers on unbroken waves

Help with finding work after the course

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After your three months of training, it will be time to find work if you want to. Work is not guaranteed but the chances are good. You will then be able to teach others to learn to surf and earn money by working on the beach and in the ocean! Job assistance is provided in Australia, but your qualification is internationally recognised, you can take it with you and earn more on your onward travels, previous Xtreme Gappers have gone onto Fiji, Bali, New Zealand and some have returned to the UK to teach.

But I have never surfed before…

You can start the surf instructor course at any level even without surf experience. You do have to love the sea, because this will be your classroom and you will have to surf a lot, but hey its fun!

The last month involves a lot of coaching skills.

This qualification enables you to work as a surf instructor in Australia. Perfect for a working holiday spent on the beach! If you do not wish to become an instructor but just want to surf a lot… you do not have to do the qualification.

Extra activities when not in the water.

You will be having surf lessons five days a week, at least four hours a day, but in your free time there is also other stuff to do. Take time to get to know the crew, get involved in the games and activities. Experience kayaking, skydiving, music around the camp fire and much more. On the beach can be as exciting or as relaxing as you like. We travel with volleyball equipment, footballs and other fun stuff. The surf academy is also a very social place, as alongside the surf instructor programme it is also a main stop for Oz Experience buses, meaning every week hundreds of backpackers stop by and yes, it can be a bit of a party!

If you are looking for a little peace and quiet, you have a surf house away from the riff raff to hang out and chill with other academy students. There tends to be seven to ten students training at anyone time, so you always have friends to hang out with.


Three times a day you will have the best fresh and healthy food you could wish for. Surfing makes you hungry. In the mornings there will be cereal, milk, fresh fruit, toast, jam, Marmite etc. For lunch there will be all kinds of salads, beans, meat, spaghetti and in the evenings there will also be fresh salads, pasta, meat, rice, desserts you name it! All freshly prepared for you!


Set in a beautiful surf spot in a National Marine Park, this is a unique opportunity to spend time in one of Australia´s most beautiful coastal areas. You be living in a beach front cottage with other surfers. The secluded beach is situated between Sydney and Byron Bay.

There will be short term surfers here and others like you training to become a surf instructor. It is a good and safe community and everyone is supportive and open to meeting new people. There is a nice communal area, camp fire area, free coffee and tea and a big TV room where you can chill if you wish.

Exam Fees Local Payment

Please note there is an extra local payment of AUD1000 (approx £500) paid on arrival. This covers the exam fee if going for surf instructor. If your surf skills are not up to standards by the time it comes to be examined you can forfeit the exam (and qualifications) and be refunded this locally.

You can pay this amount by credit or debit card on arrival at Camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

To become a surf instructor you will need a basic and competent level of surfing ability, although admittedly you do not have to be an expert. Much of the “skill” is gained through practice, a lot of which you will obtain on this course. The academy is designed to produce competent surfers in three months that have the skills to complete certification requirements, or become an intermediate level surfer. We have our best coaches working with the students every day which provides a high level of one on one attention. This allows them to improve their surfing in a short amount of time. We use techniques such as video and photo assessment, class room theory, surf fitness, water safety awareness, and countless water time in a concentrated form to ensure we achieve our outcomes. All this takes place in our own surf camps with access to the best waves in all conditions. Our academy is a truly unique experience.
No, you will not be with the same group all the time. Because some people just do the five day surf camp, some stay a month, others two (surf development courses) and some three months like you. As the trip starts frequently people come and go. However the instructors are the same and with surfing you make friends very easily! Soon you will find your way and make friends for life!
It is very likely that you will find a job after you have finished the course. 90% of the population of Australia live by the coast and there are surf schools everywhere. Our partners help you to find a job, but it is not guaranteed. It also depends on your own willpower too. If you really want it and go for it, you are very likely to find a job. In cause it does not work out with finding a job as a surf instructor, there are plenty of other jobs available.
Yes, you can join our Surf Instructor Course without applying for an Australian Working Holiday Visa. You will get your worldwide accepted certificate after finishing the course successfully, but you are not allowed to start working in Australia after you have finished the course. Remember that you cannot apply for a Working Holiday Visa when you are in Australia. You need to do that before you go. So, please think about this carefully.
The Australian Working Holiday Visa subclass 417 costs around   £170. Rates change constantly so use this only as an indication. Furthermore you need to have  around £2,000 in your bank account when you enter Australia with a Working Holiday Visa. You will apply for a visa before you go and will do this online at the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of the Australian Government.
As we are entering their habitat to go surfing there will always be a chance of a shark in the area, however we take every precaution possible to ensure our customers and staff are safe.
We do have wifi available, the price is $5AUD for 24hours, $10AUD for 3 days and $15AUD for 7 days.

There isn’t an ATM however we do accept Eftpos and there are daily shuttles running to Woolworths so you can get cash out there.

Duration Option Price  
30 (Days)Development Course - No QualificationGBP 1989Book Now
3 (Month)Excl. local paymentGBP 4459Book Now
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Duration Option Price
30 (Days)Development Course - No QualificationGBP 1989 GBP 1969 (Early Bird)
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3 (Month)Excl. local paymentGBP 4459 GBP 4370 (Early Bird)
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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.


  • Pre departure information pack
  • Transfer from Sydney to the surf camp
  • All nights accommodation in the surf centre. 90 days!
  • Linen
  • Hammocks
  • Hot showers
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the course, seven days a week!
  • All qualifications
  • All surf equipment, although we do advise buying your own wetsuit (can be done while in Australia)
  • 20 hours required work experience with our surf schools (no working visa necessary because it is part of the course)
  • Two days off a week to explore surrounding surf locations
  • Qualified level two surf instructors available to assist and support
  • Great career possibilities
  • Senior First Aid
  • Ocean Safety Surf Coach Award APOLA
  • Advanced resuscitation
  • Work with children


  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Spending Money
  • Internationally recognized level one Surf Instructor Qualification. You can add this. 1000 AUD local payment to be paid on arrival


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Morocco Surf Camp

Discover why Morocco is fast becoming this season’s hottest surf destination. A cool eclectic blend of culture and world-class waves make the Xtreme gap surf camp in Morocco the ideal bolthole to spend a week learning to surf with the best of them. Plenty to do in an out of the water you can become a surf dude Berbere style. One in two weeks surf trips whether you want to learn from scratch or you are a seasoned surfer.

Discover why Morocco is fast becoming this season’s hottest surf destination. A cool eclectic blend of culture and world-class waves make the Xtreme Gap surf camp in Morocco the ideal bolthole to spend a week learning to surf with the best of them. Plenty to do in an out of the water you can become a surf dude Berbere style. One in two weeks surf trips whether you want to learn from scratch or you are a seasoned surfer.


Morrocco Surf Camp

Shrouded by the mountains that stretch deep into Morocco´s heart, perched perfectly on the warm swell of the West African Atlantic, the fishing town of Taghazout has become home to the Xtreme Gap Surf Camp. Devoted riders themselves, these guys are passionate about everything surf and dedicated ambassadors of the waves.

Morocco surf camp highlights:

  • One week in the eternal sunshine becoming a surf God.
  • Hanging 10 on some the best beach breaks in Africa
  • Devouring the mouth watering Tagine, was watching the gorgeous African sunset
  • Learning to surf with friendly Berber surf guides
  • Riding camels and riding waves with guaranteed blue skies and good surf
  • Stretch and relax with included yoga sessions (yoga option)
  • Haggling with the best of them in true Moroccan style

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The Xtreme Gap Morrocco Surf Camp

The surf camp is one week seven days six nights.

Morocco Surf Camp (24)The Moroccan south coast is fast becoming a haven for anyone looking to conquer some waves while exploring the mosaic of desert, mountain, beach and bustle that this country ” a gateway to the African continent – offers.

Quality not quantity is the name of the game here, in terms of both waves and experience. The surf camp packages have been developed to maximise riding time and surfer development, while the opportunity to participate in a wholly immersive experience, with salt-spray waves in the day and spiced up tagine at night, is what´s given these guys their great local reputation.

The Xtreme Team

Being dedicated surf instructor means knowing your sport, and we´re really passionate about making the best surfers out of all our campers. All our instructors are qualified by the Moroccan Surfing Federation or the French Surfing Federation, have passed Nick Thorn´s BSA, and have grown up surfing these beaches, so they really know the local swells and turns.

We structure our beginner lessons to encourage surfing development over a week, while more advanced surfers can get detailed technique advice – from choosing the right waves to technical maneuvering.

We´re the only surf school in Morocco that will get you riding with the locals, which means that you´re right in the thick of Taghazout´s surf culture from the get go, with that all important insider knowledge that will help you get the best breaks and longest rides.

The Surf

Our instructors are hounds in the hunt for the most pristine waves, and we can guarantee they will get you surfing the breaks that suit your level and style. Whether it´s the points´ right peelers, the reef breaks in Mysteries and Boilers or the beginner´s beach breaks at Devil´s point, you´ll be sure to find something worthy of your ride here.

When you´re Not Surfing

Surf Instructor Course Morocco (4)Odd as it may sound, we realise that surf camps aren´t always about surfing. They´re about riding waves and discovering different places too, and we don´t want anyone to leave us without their fair share of Morocco – from the dust clad foothills and mountain vistas of the anti-Atlas mountains that shroud Taghazout from behind, to the babel of local fishing village life, the hubbub of Agadir´s bazaars, and the sporadic countryside forests nestled in the aptly named and nearby Paradise Valley.

So, if you or the surf is ever feeling flat, just quiz one of the team, and we´ll point you in the right direction for any activity that takes your fancy. Whether you want to sustain the adrenaline of the waves dune biking in nearby Massa game park, get traditional with a camel ride, raise some sand galloping your way across Taghazout´s surrounding beaches, or soothe those out-surfed muscles with a local Moroccan argan oil massage, we’ve got it all!

There´s also the opportunity to unwind with top quality yoga instructors, who take classes for as low as £12 in local currency in some of the most panoramic spots in the area. You can stretch those aches and pains out, while the sea spray rises from Anchor point below and the Moroccan sun drops behind the horizon.

Finally, if you just want to chill, drop into the Hash Point Cafe where you can watch the Atlantic waves break over the rocks with a fragrant Tagine, some freshly caught fish, or ” if you´re feeling less adventurous ” one of the Cafe´s famous bacon double cheeseburgers. (There´s also a wealth of surf gear available for rent in the Cafe, and the manager Rachid is always happy to talk surf, food and local culture).


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At the surf camp you really will live and sleep by the waves. The camp duck-dives the swell all night; sitting literally on the shoreline, you will never be too far from the action, and whether you´re dusting off a tagine on our dinner-time roof terrace or chilling out with some surf vid action in our lounge, we guarantee that reassuring sound of a crashing wave will never be too far away.

Your accommodation will be shared, in apartments close to the Xtreme Gap camp, nestled in the square roofed, sun baked buildings of Taghazout, just a stone´s throw from some of Morocco´s greatest breaks.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

You can join all year round, most people join starting on Sunday until the following Sunday although not all flights match up to this from certain destinations. Checked low-cost airlines on sky you will be surprised to find incredibly good value flights into Morocco. After booking you are free to book your flights please let us know your flight details and we will have you picked up from the airport on arrival.

Arrival and Departure

We offer a pickup service from Agadir (If staying for 2 weeks or more – Not valid for 1 week trip, fair is split between the group) just let us know your flight number prior to departure. If you want to make your own way, let us know in advance an estimated arrival time and we´ll be ready to check you in. If you arrive early it´s no trouble, you can surf your way through the day while we prepare your room, which should be ready by the afternoon. We also offer a taxi service which is a good idea for late arrivals and can save you a trek through Taghazout´s labyrinthine streets at night.

On departure, we ask you leave your room by 11am so we can prepare the camp for new arrivals, but if you have a late flight, even better, just leave your stuff with us and think of it as an excuse for another day on the waves!

The currency in Morocco is a Moroccan Dirham, it is possible to exchange your pounds or euros at the airport and the nearest cash machine to the surf camp is in Agadir, so we recommend you bring enough money with you to cover your spending money as there is no ATMs located near the surf school. It is possible to take a taxi to withdraw money should you require.
Yes absolutely, Morocco is a great place to learn and are surf instructors are some of the best in the country.
NO. The reasons we encourage a week long stay with a weekend arrival and departure is so that you get the absolute maximum out of your experience. We can structure our surf lessons to suit you best, we can show you as many spots as possible, and we can take you on trips to explore the area. But it´s no problem at all if you can´t make the whole week or a weekend to weekend trip ” we are 100% flexible and we can still guarantee you´ll have an awesome time!
Duration Option Price  
1 (Week)DormGBP 449Book Now
2 (Week)DormGBP 829Book Now


  • Airport pick up (Split fair)
  • Shared dorm accommodation (upgrades to double possible) six nights
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
  • Transport to various breaks depending on wave conditions
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Rental of all types of surf boards
  • Five surf lessons per week
  • five yoga sessions (yoga option only)


  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Return airport drop off (bookable locally)
  • Excursions to local attractions on non-surf days


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“The staff at both the surf camp and cafe were awesome and extremely helpful. The communal dinners were great and a great place to socialize. The rooms, restaurant and terraces are set in an amazing location!  more reviews here.”
Jean D