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Become a surf instructor in Australia

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  • Build your experience and knowledge of surfing, the ocean, and instruction
  • Develop the necessary skills required to pass all qualifications needed to become a licensed surf instructor

Program description

3 month surf instructor course focuses on building your experience and knowledge of surfing, the ocean, and instruction. Over the 3 months you will develop the necessary skills required to pass all qualifications needed to become a licensed surf instructor. Besides the qualifications we’ll also focus on your teaching techniques and surfing abilities to make you a well rounded and employable instructor.


The first two months of the course will focus on improving your technical skills, ocean experience, ocean awareness, and fitness. You’ll be exposed to varying and challenging conditions and learn how to deal with them. 


During the course we will prepare you to pass all qualifications including advanced resuscitation, open water rescue, advanced first aid, and your run swim run requirements. Besides the qualifications we’ll also show you how to be an effective attentive instructor, by providing up to 40 hours of practical experience.


There are two campsites. The first one in Byron Bay and the second one in Coffs Harbour (200 kilometers from Byron Bay). Training can take place in both surf centers.


Qualifications obtained (at an additional cost of 1000$AUD)


- Internationally recognized Level 1 Surf Instructor Qualification (ASI)


- Senior First Aid


- Ocean Safety Surf Coach Award APOLA


- Advanced Resuscitation


- Work with Children Check


Our surf school are members of the International Surfing association (ISA) making the courses internationally recognised and accepted. 

Other options

- 1 month surf development course

- 2 months surf development course

- 10 days GO PRO

2 Days Surf & Stay 

- Byron Bay & Spot X

- 2 nights dorm or camp accom, 2 surf lessons, Food, Equipment 

Adventure Package

- from Sydney to Byron Bay through Sydney - Spot X - Byron Bay

- 5 days Sydney > Byron Bay  : 7 lessons, 4 nights, equipment, meals, transport

- 7 days Sydney > Byron Bay : 9 lessons, 6 nights, equipment, meals, transport

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • Accommodation
  • One meal per day
  • All equipment provided
  • Free Wifi

Not included in the price

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Qualifications fees

Your accommodation

On the campsite, rooms are at 50% occupancy. Meaning an 8 bed dorm will only house 4 people. Most of our hostels have private rooms if you’d prefer your own space. There is a shared kitchen.


English course and Volunteer project in Brisbane

Work directly with wildlife officers completing their daily duties, gaining experience and friends along the way. Our sanctuary volunteers get to help out with the daily care of our animals under the supervision of our wildlife keepers. Our animals are divided into a number of sections but unfortunately raptor, reptile and hospital areas are not currently equipped to accept help from volunteers.  Volunteers assist in the following sections:

  • Koalas
  • Macropods
  • Mammals (except macropods)
  • Birds (except raptors)
  • Barn
Duties will include preparing food for the animals, feeding the animals, cleaning and maintaining enclosures, and assisting customers in the Barnyard. Remember that not all jobs are glamorous, but they are essential in order to keep our animals healthy and happy.


25hrs English lessons per week

Volunteer placement at Lone Pine Sanctuary

Not Included

  • Material(15$/semaine)
  • Flights, taxes, insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • Placement fees to be paid directly at the Sanctuary (AUD $180)


  • 18 years or over
  • intermediate English

Payment and cancellation terms depend on each specific school. We will send you the necessary informations with your registration form. Please contact us if you if you wish to receive information by e-mail




Rated one of the "Top 10 Zoos in the World" , Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia, is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Cuddle a koala anytime, hand feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings.


Additional information


- Up to date CV/ resume

- Copy of return flight itinerary

- Acceptance subject to availability of position

A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 


A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.


Created 10 years ago by passionate surfers, our surf academy is recognised as one of the best in the world.


Become a surf instructor in Australia
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