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Course Aim

The course aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competences to instruct beginners in enclosed and exposed flat water locations.

Course Entry Requirements

Age- The candidate must be eighteen years or older

Proficiency- Candidates must pass a SUP proficiency test prior to the Level 1 SUP Instructor Course. Candidate must be at Intermediate level. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to: 
-Safely enter the water and get on/off a SUP board independently
-Kneeling paddle between bouys at 20m intervals
-Standing paddle both ways aroung the buoys in a figure of 8 pathway.
-Straight line paddle to a bouy at 200m distances
-Paddle strokes- forward stroke, back padding, sweep stroke, brace stroke, pivot turn, j-stroke, cross bow, stopping at speed.
-Remount the SUP following a deep water capsize
-Maintain safe body position and posture while attemping skills and activities
-Safe dismount
-Self rescue techniques- SUP tow and Double Paddle. 

Water Safety/ First Aid- The candidate must hold a Surf Instructor Beach Award or Beach Lifeguard Award. Where a candidate does not have a beach award they can opt to attend a combined course that includes the Surf Instructor Beach Safety Award. If attending a combined course where a Surf Instructor Beach Award is included please note you must be able to swim 300m in at least 10 minutes.  

Child Protection- The candidate must complete the ISC 3hr Safeguarding 1 Workshop included on the Level 1 SUP Instructor Course.

Vetting- Candidates must be successfully Garda/ Police Vetting before they are accepted on our course.

Course Duration 

  • Day 1 Proficiency Assessment (2pm- 5pm) & Safe Guarding 1 (6pm -9pm)
  • Day 2 Level 1 Course 9am-6pm
  • Day 3 Level 1 Course 9am- 6pm

Course Cost 

Level 1 SUP Instructor €250 (full payment required to secure booking). Level 1 Combined SUP Instructor (includes Surf Instructor Beach Award) €500


The course will be delivered through class based activities to include group work, mock instructing tasks, group discussion, audio visual learning aids, the emphases will be on the instructors leading their own learning and learning through group work and role play activities. There will also be a practical tutoring session where by the tutor will take the instructors through a real life SUP session.


The course will be delivered by Irish Surfing/ NCDP Tutors.

Course Materials

Participants will be provided with Instructors manual and logbook.

Course Assessment

Assessment will include three parts- surf proficiency assessment, session planner assessment and session delivery assessment. Following successful completion of the course the participant will complete 40hrs (20x2hrs sessions) logged practical experience prior to certification.


Irish Surfing Level 1 SUP Instructor card will be awarded to those who attend the full course and satisfactorily complete the course assessments and log book.

Irish Surfing

Irish Surfing is the National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the thirty two counties of Ireland.

We are a voluntary organisation comprising of clubs and groups involved in the development, representation and regulation of surfing in Ireland. Representing surfing in many forms (shortboarding, longboarding, bodyboarding, kneeboarding, standup paddle surfing, skimboarding, body surfing and tow surfing).

We are active in areas such as club development, training of coaches and judges, surf school regulation, national and international competition, promotion of safety and protection of our surfing environment.


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Irish Surfing is the national governing body for the sport of surfing on the Island of Ireland. We are a voluntary organisation comprising of clubs and groups involved in the development, representation and regulation of surfing in its many forms  including shortboarding, longboarding, bodyboarding, kneeboarding, stand up paddle surfing, skimboarding, body surfing and tow surfing. We are active in areas such as club development, instructor training, surf school regulation, competitive surfing, promotion of safety and protection of our surfing environment. 

Irish Surfing is governed by a board of directors, elected at our AGM by our member clubs. Our office is located in Easkey, Co Sligo where we employ one full time Development Officer, Zoe Lally, to manage our activities and administration.

Irish Surfing is a member for the International Surfing Association (World Governing Body) and the European Surfing Federation (European Governing Body) and we are recognised by the Irish Sports Council, Sport NI and the Olympic Council of Ireland.



Kevin Mc Closkey, Chairman/ Director

Roy Kilfeather, Secretary/ Director

Jonathon Moore, Treasurer/ Director
Ray McDaid, Director
Ronan Breen, Director
Tim Ferguson, Director
Vicky Guthrie, Director



DaveFlynnSurfDave Flynn, Clare -ENVIRONMENT OFFICER

Dave Flynn is professional project management consultant and chartered engineer, based in the mid-west.   He has been surfing for about twenty years.Dave got involved with the West Coast Surf Club over ten years ago and has been closely involved with its development during that time, having acted as ISA representative, environmental officer, longboard representative and joint chair at different stages during that time.    He has also been closely involved with the contest preparation, judging and coordination in Clare and other parts of Ireland.    His involvement with the ISA followed soon after and he has been active at senior level in the organisation for over six years.








Dara O’Malley Daly, Donegal- SAFETY OFFICER


Dara qualified as a Marine Electronic Engineer and worked in the merchant navy for many years. He currently works as a Station Officer for the Irish Coast Guard. 

Having started surfing in the late seventies, Dara has had a long involvement with his local surf club, Rossnowlagh Surf Club and the Irish Surfing Association and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to safety in our sport. He is current Secretary of Rossnowlagh Surf Club and former Secretary of the Irish Surfing Association and holds a Level 2 Surf Instructor qualification. Through the years he had been involved in many facets of surfing at local and national level including the hosting of international, national and local events, fundraising, youth coaching and the construction of and in more recent years the refurbishment of Rossnowlagh Surf Clubhouse (Ireland’s first surf clubhouse).

Dara comes from a strong swimming/ water safety background. He is involved in Donegal Water Safety, Marlins Swimming Club and is an Irish Water Safety Examiner/ Instructor. In recent years he has been instrumental in forging our partnership with Irish Water Safety. He has driven safety initiatives with IWS such as the Surf Instructor Beach Award and Safe Surfing Poster Campaign. He has also been instrumental in advancing our Coach Development under the Adventure Sports Framework and has completed Tutor Training and Tutor Assessor Training with Coaching Ireland.


LindaByrneWebLinda Bynre, Sligo- NATION CHILDRENS OFFICER

Linda Byrne is our national Children’s Officer. Formally a member of the East Coast Surf Club, Linda has been surfing since the early seventies. Linda moved from Bray to Sligo in the late nineties where she runs 7th Wave Surf School. Linda is an ISC Code Of Ethics Tutor. To contact Linda email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and check our Safeguarding Young People




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