Home - The Pros and Cons of being a Surf Instructor
Being a Surf Instructor is something that all members of our team and Ticket to Ride Perranporth feel proud to call their job. The pure stoke of sharing our passion with others and the time we get to spend outside are some of the reasons why we see our surf instructors return year on year.
If you’re pondering on whether to do a Surf Instructor Course or not here are a few pros and cons to take into consideration through the eyes of our instructors.
“You get to be outside all day” Charlie Russell
You know you’ve got it good when you can call the beach your office and you’re breathing in the fresh sea air all day. That’s one of the selling points that attracts people to this job, stuck in an office 9-5 seems very unappealing when you can be lapping up the sun, sea and surf all day, whilst getting paid!
“The face tan!” Izzy Lewis
Indeed. When you’re outside all day you’re going to be getting a good bit of colour on those cheeks.
“The insane travel opportunities” – Josh Devaney
Many of our instructors make use of their qualifications by living the dream all year round! Our head coach Josh spends his winters working for Ticket to Ride in Sri Lanka and Spain. Newcomer Chris recently hit up Costa Rica for the winter.
Lily Foulkes, combined travelling with the surf instructor course when she went on the Ticket to Ride trip to South Africa. she then went on to work in Nicaragua at a girls surf camp. Check out Lily’s awesome journey here.
Our surf school in Perranporth is right on the beach meaning we can dip in and out of the water as much as well like. The time you get surfing is unreal, you can pop out on a lunch break, after work or if you’re really frothing for it, hit up the dawn patrol.
Sharing the stoke
One of the prime roles of a surf instructor is to get people stoked on surfing. Easier said than done. It can be a tad disheartening when there are folks in your lesson who just don’t quite get it. Even after trying 3 different pop ups, pushing them into copious amounts of waves and giving philosophical pep talks. However, perseverance pays off and when matey finally gets standing and has a smile on his face as bright as those yellow swellies, you know he’s been hit with that surfing stoke and the best thing is you get to share that stoke with him.
Sharing the love of surfing with others is why we’re here.
“Swelly Bashing” – Jeffa
Being part of a surf school means unlimited access to a range of foamies and by the end of the season an 8ft swellie with be your go to b0ard! Good times guaranteed everytime!
“People think you’re a legend and guys think its sexy” – Clara Jonas
Not going to lie, when people ask you what you do and you say you’re a surf instructor, you do feel pretty rad. Especially when you get to lay all your surf jargon on a landlocked fitty who doesn’t even know what you’re on about but is still very impressed.
It cant always been sunshine and offshore days when you’re instructing. So here are some cons to give you an unbiased take on being a surf instructor
“Sunburn” – Charlie Russell
Enough said. If you’ve ever listened to Baz Luhrmans song Sunscreen, trust me he’s serious about it and so are we. By the end of a season you will look sufficiently frazzled.
“You”ll become part of the poo tan clan” – Jeffa
Following on nicely from sunburn are the wonderful poo tans that go with it (Basically where you face is 50 shades darker than the rest of you). The truth is when you’re spending 4hours+ a day in a wetsuit you’re going to get some interesting tan lines on your body. They dont look great in your selfies, but hey at least everyone knows you’re a surf instructor. Wear them with pride guys.
“Standing on the inside in a pissy wetsuit” – Izzy Lewis
There is something a little disheartening watching your mate catch a bomb outback when you’re stuck on the inside acting as part of the nosediving prevention squad. Truth is that there are going to be times when its pumping and you’re teaching but if anything that just fires us up to get out there as soon as the lessons done. Also we strongly advise not weeing in your suit but sometimes it just cant be helped.
So hopefully this persuades you to do the right thing, take a surf instructor course with us and have the best job in the world.
For dates and prices for our Instructor Courses in Cornwall click here or give us a call on 01872 888 480.
Fancy going further a field? Check out our South Africa Adventure and Instructor Course
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Had an absolutely amazing private lesson for myself and two children (7) and(11) with Luke today.
My little boy had a bit of a meltdown getting the suit on... read more but Luke managed to calm him and help him get it on with no further tears.
Lessons started by giving us a quick safety briefing g followed by showing us how to get on the board then into the water to try it out.
Luke was great with the kids especially my youngest and with his helped they managed to ride a few waves and caught the bug so much so that after our lesson we decided to hire the boards/suits for the remainder of the day.
Cant recommended the school enough everyone we dealt with was absolutely lovely!
The best surf school in perranporth! Charlie was a really great instructor and gave lots of helpful feedback and tips that helped me to progress :)
We had a morning surf lesson, our instructor Charlie was a great guy and very helpful, and insured we got the most out of our lesson.
We all enjoyed... read more it that much that we rented the wetsuits and the surf boards for the remainder of the day so that we could practice some more. Julian who was managing the shop was super friendly also. All round a great experience, well worth a go to anyone visiting the area.
Brilliant experience all round. Our instructor Charlie was both thorough and fun, and had all 6 of us who were new to surfing standing by the end of the first... read more lesson! Couldn’t recommend highly enough!
I am a complete beginner and was quite nervous about my surfing lesson as I thought I’d be really cold. I was given a 3/4mm wetsuit which kept me warm... read more in the sea (which was 15 degrees) so that was a great start to the experience. My teacher Ollie was very precise in his instruction which made it easy for me to follow each step and towards the end of the lesson I was able to stand up and balance on the board - result! I would certainly recommend this company over the others I saw in Perranporth (which has very large groups). Thank you for a great lesson and I will certainly be trying surfing again.
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