Outdoor Pursuits Course

Are you looking for a challenge?  Would you like to partake in 10 week course that includes surf, lifeguard, adventure and activity training?  If so, we have the course option for you


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  • Course Dates: October 3rd – December 9th 2016
  • Course Duration: 10 weeks   10AM -4PM Monday-Thursday
  • 10AM-1PM Friday Kayak/Canoe Module (Optional)
  • Age: 16 +
  • Please note that students must have a minimum level of Intermediate English


10 week course – 4 days per week                                                                            

Surf training, Lifeguard training Adventure Activities and Lifeguarding, Emergency First Aid , Child Protection & Work Experience

You will also have the option to attend a one-day course called Cardiac First Responder. Training includes CPR & Defibrillation and use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), Treatment of Choking, Stroke and Heart Attack and medical use of aspirin for suspected heart attack. Successful candidates are certified to the National Standard.




10 week course- 4.5 days per week                                                                             

Includes Option 1 PLUS a canoe/kayak proficiency course that offers training, assessment and certification in 1* and 2* training with the chance to go forward to your coaching award.

Course Description:

The Outdoor Instructor Course OITC is a training course for candidates who wish to become instructors working in the area of surfing and other beach activities. This course concentrates mainly on training for the ISA (Irish Surf Association) level 1 surf coach award, the RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society) Beach Lifeguard award, and over the ten weeks candidates will also train in child protection, adventure (land-based) activities, leadership skills, team training and development and beach first aid skills. Candidates are expected to attend Monday-Friday for the duration of the course.

Candidates must be able to swim. Candidates do NOT have to be able to surf, as you will be taught the skills of surfing if required. Surfing and swimming training are major parts of this course, and you can expect to be in the water every day. Students are expected to be (or get) fit through training every day. Training will include water-based (Swim & surf) and land based activities (running, circuit training etc.)

Candidates will also do basic training in low ropes, climb & abseil and high ropes instruction. Candidates will also participate and learn skills of conducting team-training activities and land-based activities



Upon successful completion of the training, all candidates may be put forward for the following qualifications:

1: The RLSS Beach Lifeguard Award – registration and course fees are included

2: Child Protection (HSE)

3: Certification in Adventure Activities

4: Certification in Leadership Skills (Children & Teenagers)

5: Certification in Work Experience

6: PHECC Cardiac First Responder. Registration and Course fees are included

7: Site specific ropes training.


You can also add on a canoe/kayak proficiency module which will take place each Friday of the course. Learn skills, games and coaching techniques on beautiful Lough Melvin with the option to go on and do a level 1 coaching course afterwards. There is a minimum number of 4 persons required to deliver this module, so please let us know if you want option 1 or option 2.


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The fees include the following:

10 weeks of intensive surf & swim coaching & training including transfers to beach & other off-centre locations.

Certified Emergency First Aid Course

Child Protection Training Course.

Ropes (Low, High & Climbing Tower) training.

Training in Adventure (Team Building) activities

Leadership & Discipline skills with children and young adults (Classroom lectures)

Admission to swimming pool for swim training

Use of surfing & life saving equipment.

RLSS Beach Lifeguard course.

Cardiac first responder course

Registration fees for the RLSS Beach Lifeguard assessment & Award

Registration Fees for Cardiac First Responder Course (PHECC)


Wetsuits can be provided for the course, although we recommend that candidates buy their own wetsuit during the course: Likewise we recommend the purchase of a good waterproof jacket. A wholesale order will be arranged during the course at discount rates.

Work Experience with children, teenagers & adults as part of your training.


Please note that these fees do NOT include the following-

1: Governing body fees for the ISA level 1 surf assessment & award €250. Please note that the exam is only run when there are enough students. As the exam is ran externally, the dates of the exam will be confirmed during the course duration.

All candidates will be offered the opportunity to take these assessments, and fees are payable for these assessments at this point. Students who feel more training is required can take the assessments at a later date, and re-enrol on the next course, or arrange independent assessments..

Contact us for more information.