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Outdoor Activity Instructor Course


Outdoor Activity Instructor Course

  • Gain all the outdoor qualifications you need to live the life you love 

  • Duration: Three months (Mondays-Thursdays) 

  • Become qualified to teach bodyboarding, paddlesports, surfing and coasteering

  • Comprehensive training and qualifications in First Aid and beach lifeguarding

  • Gain all the outdoor qualifications you need to live the life you love
  • Duration: Three months (Mondays-Thursdays)
  • Learn to lead activities including bodyboarding, paddlesports and coasteering
  • Comprehensive training in First Aid and beach lifeguarding


Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

  • Guaranteed interview for a lead instructor role 
  • Opportunities for paid flexible work alongside the training course 
  • Purpose-designed pre-course fitness regime 
  • Free equipment use (Surfboards, Bodyboards, Fins, Stand Up Paddleboards, Super SUP etc) 
  • Regular surfing and swimming coaching sessions 
  • Unlimited shadowing hours 
  • Work experience and live group experience 
  • Opportunity to work with Bodyboard Holidays, Newquay Activity Centre and Women + Waves
  • One-to-one skills clinics when required 
  • Final assessment & employment planning 
  • Access to an exchange programme in New Zealand and other international surf camps and activity centres
  • Discounts with Rip Curl, other leading outdoor brands and local businesses

Why become an Outdoor Activity Instructor?

Do you spend your weekends searching for the best barrels only to return to the office again every Monday morning? Does your annual two-week bodyboarding holiday feel like it’s over before it’s even begun? If you love spending time with the sand between your toes and the fresh air in your lungs, then qualifying as an outdoor instructor could take you down the new career path you’ve been dreaming of.

Here at Bodyboard Holidays we know first-hand the benefits of living that laid-back lifestyle year-round. The sun on your face and the ocean breeze in your hair; there aren’t many jobs that come close to providing you with such a high degree of lifestyle happiness. And you don’t have to miss out…

Join us as we team up with Newquay Activity Centre  & the Outdoor Activity Instructor Academy to bring you a one-way ticket towards total career fulfilment. Why should you only get to enjoy your passions during your free time? Who says you can’t make a living doing what you love? Become qualified in the outdoors this year and live your own adventure every single day.

What to expect?

If you like the idea of being surrounded by oceans, mountains, good people and good times, then it’s probable that life as an outdoor instructor is for you. Our Outdoor Activity Instructor Training Course is a three-month long adventure programme that ultimately equips you with the skills you need to become an effective outdoor instructor.

You’ll learn how to coach, guide, instruct and save lives at sea using the Newquay coastline as your very fun but very real training ground. During the course you could get the opportunity to shadow our existing instructors during weekend retreats, as well as the opportunity for paid work with our local business partnerships. We’re here to help shape your future in the industry however we can, no matter your desired job role.

During the programme you will gain a wide range of qualifications readying you for a life of enjoyable work in the great outdoors. These will include your ISA Level 1 Surf Instructor Award, British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Award (this will allow you to guide kayak and SUP tours), a Beach Lifeguard Qualification and an award in Outdoor First Aid.

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£5399 per person



Sunset Views Apartment – £600 per person per month

Newquay Bay Apartment – £600 per person per month

  • ISA/Surfing England Level 1 Surf Coach

  • RLSS National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ)

  • SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Award

  • BC Paddlesport leader award (SUP & Kayak)

  • Safeguarding Qualification


  • Level 1 Bodyboard Coach  (In-house)
  • Coasteering Guide Award in accordance with the National Coasteer Charter Syllabus
  • Super Stand Up Paddleboard leader
  • Bushcraft & Foraging
  • Snorkelling and wildlife awareness
  • Incident management, safety and rescue


  • Risk Assessing (including COVID-19 measures)
  • Longevity in the industry & personal development
  • Interview & CV writing skills
  • Coaching barriers and adaptations
  • Team Building and icebreakers
  • Housekeeping (invoicing, time management, professionalism)


  • Purpose-designed pre-course fitness regime
  • Equipment use in and outside of course hours (Surfboards, Stand Up Paddleboards, Super SUP, Bodyboards, Fins etc)
  • Discounts with Rip Curl, leading outdoor brands and local businesses
  • Regular surfing and swimming coaching sessions
  • Unlimited shadowing hours
  • Work experience and live group experience
  • Opportunity to work with Newquay Activity Centre, Women + Waves and Bodyboard Holidays
  • One-on-one skills clinics when required
  • Final assessment & employment planning
  • Guaranteed interview for a lead instructor role at Newquay Activity Centre, Women + Waves or Bodyboard-Holidays
  • Discounted kit package
  • Opportunities for paid flexible work alongside the training course (please ask for details)
  • Access to an exchange program in New Zealand and other international surf camps and activity centres.



  • A video call with trip leader – Here we’ll discuss how to book your flights, insurance and where you will be met on arrival. We’ll cover your objectives, pre-trip planning, dietary requirements, physical preparation, kit list, trip expectations and you’ll have the chance to ask any burning questions about the holiday or bodyboarding in general.
  • Upon completion of the call you will receive the trip leaders direct contact number so that you have a personal, immediate line of communication until arrival in the destination.
  • Bespoke Bodyboard-Holiday preparation fitness video.
  • Bespoke Bodyboard-Holiday preparation Yoga video geared toward bodyboarding flexibility and cramp reduction.
  • If you have footage of your riding, we can offer a pre-trip analysis.


  • A member of our team will be waiting for you in arrivals at the airport, having tracked your flight. Your transfer to our accommodation will include an explanation of the weather and waves forecast for the week, a guide to the local area, useful Portuguese language and complimentary drinks. After a surf stoked week we will return you to the airport in good time for a stress-free check-in.


Our Portuguese bodyboard week comprises 7 nights accommodation in a handpicked, luxury villa in the historic seaside town of Lagos.  Think MTV Cribs… that’s the vibe. 

  • Private room for each guest, some with en-suite or balcony.
  • Swimming pool, large outdoor spaces for chilling out + barbeque area.
  • Spacious, airy living area with pool table, table football, ping pong and 2 x large screen TVs hooked up to Wi-Fi and Netflix.
  • Daily cleaning
  • Quality towels and bed linen
  • Use of washing machine, dryer
  • Self-catering cooking facilities
  • Board/fin storage and wetsuit wash and hang facilities


  • A continental breakfast of cereals, toast, fruit, yoghurts, cheeses, hams, fruit juice, tea and coffee. All dietary requirements catered for.
  • Lunch included – grab bag ‘sack lunch’ to keep you fuelled between breakfast, dinner and your surf sessions.
  • Water refills for your drinking bottles each day.


One of the advantages of visiting Portugal is the excellent yet affordable restaurant options. We take pride in choosing the best coastal eateries for us to enjoy on a nightly basis. Evening meal price not included. Budget 15 euro per day.  This flexibility allows us to eat at a vast selection of coastal locations, near to the surf spots that we will visit, allowing a full flavour of Portugal. Full self-catering option available at the villa.


  • Free use of a varied selection of hand-picked bodyboards that include a broad size range, materials, tail shapes, contours, and channel systems. These will be introduced to some sessions to help expand your knowledge of equipment.
  • A variety of fins to try throughout the trip to establish if you can benefit from a different shape, style, or brand.


  • Every day throughout the week our expert trip leaders will draw upon their collective 40+ years of experience to find the best waves for your ability. This includes all fuel, tolls and parking.
  • Each day we’ll have one long 3 to 4-hour session or this may be split in to two shorter sessions. We work around the tides and daily conditions to guarantee the best waves for our guests.


  • With a such a small group we can ensure personalised one-to-one coaching
  • We will find the waves that suit your objectives discussed in pre-trip zoom call
  • Using the Bodyboard-Holidays Tree of Knowledge, for those with the desire to really improve their riding, we will plot your progression and sign post you through each stage of your bodyboarding development
  • Using our bespoke resource bank of explainer videos we will help you to overcome your bodyboarding challenges
  • Coaching can be optional, if it’s not for you we can focus more on free surfing, photography and good times. It’s your trip, we will facilitate your fun!
  • Max of 6 pupils on the course


  • Land and in water photo and video package to take home with you
  • Daily analysis sessions of the footage to see you improve fast
  • New split screen analysis to break down your riding step by step


Throughout the week we will run several bodyboarding related workshops that are optional to attend.

  • Surf forecasting & travel
  • Equipment latest tech
  • Duck diving and paddling efficiency
  • The secret to dropknee
  • 360 and roll workshop
  • Yoga, stretching and nutrition session
  • Ask Me Anything session (a workshop tailored to your burning questions)


We spend a lot of time bodyboarding, but when it is finished for the day, people’s time is then their own to visit local tourist attractions, surf shops, walk to one of the many beachside cafes or explore Lagos’ old town and marina. We guide you to the areas of local interest.


The evenings are for kicking back, hanging out and eating together.  Watching a stunning sunset at the beach with some cool drinks, or playing pool, table tennis, using the swimming pool or catching the latest bodyboarding film on the TV.


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