– What is it like being a surf instructor in Newquay? It keeps you on your toes I find. There is such an amount of instructors in the area it makes you work hard and be the best that you can be at it. All the top schools such as Cornish Wave grab the best instructors and this keeps their clients happy and keeps us instructors happy, then as we are proud to provide a good all round service. With such an amount of coaches around its helps with learning something new every day for you as a cah to then be able to pass on and develop. being able to adapt to clients needs and give them a fun and well informative lesson.
– Do you really get to surf every day?
As Billy Connolly says ‘ they’re is noting wrong with the weather only the clothes that you are wearing’ Same with the surf here in the Newquay area. their is always waves to be surfed and just got to adapt with your boards for your sessions.
– What’s the funniest thing you have seen someone do or say on your lesson?
This is extremely difficult as every day I will have myself laughing at something. Beginner or not, young or old. anybody who is learning a sport they will make mistakes and to see them laugh at themselves just can get me in sticthes.
– What’s the best thing about being a surf coach?
Change. I just love it. The weather and people every day to every lesson change. Age, culture, thoughts, surf size, wind strength. Everything changes and in every moment. A person going into the sea is never the same person as when they get out and I just love watching this happen and the connection people get from being out enjoying themselves and learning.
– What qualifications do you need to become a surf coach?
A beach life guard qualification that is recognized in that country and to teach a novice surfs. A level 1 surf coach certificate.
To be a good coach. The biggest thing I feel is ‘adjustment’. You need to adjust to every single individuals needs in every lesson and this will change to every single wave they catch. Adjust to how you speak to them, hold your self with groups and others to be a welcoming informative person for those to understand. A friendly manny in all aspects and wide knowledge of the surf products and gear that suits your clients. As soon as they catch there first wave they are hooked and you know right away they will be quizing you later about gear to invest in etc..
– Have you taught surf lessons anywhere else other than Newquay?
Ive thought in and around the Cornish region, while majority of may 11 years teaching has been back home in Ireland. I have done more coaching in central america in Nicaragua too for 4 months which was a change from the cold wetsuit.
– If there is one top tip you can give a beginner surfer what would it be?
Stay warm, you will enjoy it more and get more out of your surfing. invite friends to come try too. Notting better than catching waves with friends, Notting!!